Anyway today's dish was something I prepared couple of weeks back. Mutter Paneer Masala is one of those first few dishes that introduced me to the fancy North Indian dishes. Though I don't really like munching on the fresh peas, its always been a favorite of mine. Most times I remember this dish to be quite strong and pungent as served in restaurant here. I really don't know how authentic dish is supposed to be. I remember a Bengali version which was very tasty and mild. But I always liked whatever was served on my plate!
I enjoyed eating this after a long time and of course promptly forgot to click the pictures. That's why you can see that its taken in the smallest possible bowl I could find.
Mutter Paneer Masala!
Paneer - 250 gms
Fresh Peas - 100 gms
Onions - 2 medium, pureed
Tomatoes - 1 medium pureed, 1 whole
Grated ginger - 1"
Finely chopped garlic - 2 nos
Cumin powder - 3/4 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Cashew nut powder - 2 tbsp
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 1"
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Oil for frying paneer
Method to prepare:
Wash and cut paneer into cubes. Fry in oil/ghee to golden colour. Keep aside.
Heat a pan with oil, add the garlic and ginger along with cloves and cinnamon. Fry for a min, then add the onion puree. Saute well.
Next goes the tomato puree along with the fresh peas. Except cashew nut powder, add all the masalas along with salt. Simmer and cook with lid covered for 10 mins.
Remove the lid, add the roughly chopped tomatoes and mix well. Cook for 2 mins, add required water and bring to boil.
Add the cashew nut powder and simmer for 2 mins. The tomato chunks gives a good body to the gravy and chewing that gives a good taste. Finally when the gravy is thick enough, add the fried paneer. Cook in high for a min and switch off.
Serve with Roti or Naan!
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End of the week, will be updating on my latest project which has me really excited, will update once its done! Until then have a great week ahead!