Sunday, June 13, 2010

Achari Paneer (Cottage Cheese with Pickled Gravy)

Here is the much awaited paneer recipe. Thanks to all who voted in the poll. This recipe is for all of you.


Ingredients:

  • 200 gms of paneer ( cottage cheese ), cut into medium sized cubes
  • 1 tsbp pickle or pickle powder ( homemade or readymade mango pickle goes well )
  • 2 onions
  • 3 big tomatoes
  • small piece of ginger
  • 3-4 pods of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red chili power
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp tomato kechup
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • pinch of hing ( asafoetida)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 dry red chili
  • water as required
  • salt to taste

Method:
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing.
  • When the seeds crackle, add bay leaf and dry red chili
  • Grind onion, tomato , green chili , garlic and ginger in a blender and add this paste to the pan
  • Add one cup of water, garam masala, salt , red chili powder, tomato ketchup and pickle.
  • Add the sugar to balance the acidity of tomatoes.
  • Now cook it with lid coverd for few minutes till oil separates.
  • Optionally, add the cream and mix it well .
  • Add Paneer cubes and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Garinsh with coriander leaves. Ready to serve.
Serving Suggestions:
Serve with parathas or naan.

Tip:
For a healthier version of this dish, you can substitute the cream with low-fat yogurt and paneer with tofu.

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