Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Paneer and peas butter masala

My mom says 'm  obsessed with North Indian food and hubby dear agrees......and maybe  jusssst a taaaaaad bit...I still remember when we first ate it in a dhaba on the way to Rayaghad where my mom's parents lived at the time.I was about 10 ,we had it with butter naan and was delicious!!!Paneer is  very versatile.You can whip up an entire meal with paneer as a main ingredients, like appetizers,curries,pulaos,biryanis and desserts.Here's my version......

250 gms of home made paneer(cubed)
1/4 cup green peas
1 very large onion blanced and pureed
3 medium tomatoes pureed
3-4 green chillies(paste)
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2tbsp corriander pwd
1/2 tbsp cumin pwd
1&1/2 tsps tomato paste or 1&1/2 tsps tomato ketchup
1 tsp kasoori methi pwd
1 tbsp redchilly pwd
1 tsp garam masala pwd
8-10 cashews paste
3 tbsps heavy cream(optional, increase if u like)
2 tbsps unsalted butter
Salt to taste
A pinch of sugar
A pinch of red food color(optional)
Cilantro for garnish
1/4 inch ginger thinly sliced  for garnish (optional)

Heat a kadai and add the butter.Add the pureed onion and cook till the raw smell disappears.Add the tomato paste, tomato puree and green chilly paste and ginger garlic paste.Cook till the tomato is fully cooked and the raw smell of the ginger garlic paste disappears.When oil starts to separate,add peas and cook for 10 mins.Add the cashew paste and cook till the raw smell disappears(take care not to burn).Add the cumin pwd,corrinader pwd,garam masala pwd,salt,chilly pwd,sugar,kasoori methi pwd,food color if using any.Saute for 2 mins and add the paneer and 3/4 cup of water and cook covered for 5 mins and add the cream.Cook for 5 more mins or till the required consistency is acheived.Garnish with the sliced ginger and cilantro.Serve with naan or jeera rice or pulao.Enjoy!!!!!

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