Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Healthy Matar-Paneer(Cottage Cheese Cubes in Tomato Gravy)

Paneer or cottage cheese is packed with protein.This simple and healthy curry recipe is made with  fresh home made tomato puree which is a good source of antioxidants.I've used milk instead of water for the gravy.The curry tastes great with a healthy Vegetable Pulao.

Paneer-200 grams
Green Peas-1/4 cups,boiled
Tomatoes-2 medium sized
Onion-1 small size,chopped
Green chilli-1,chopped
Ginger-1 very small piece,finely chopped
Milk-1/2 cup
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Kasuri methi-1 teaspoon
Garam masala-a generous pinch
Salt to taste
Olive oil/vegetable oil-1 teaspoon for shallow frying the paneer cubes and 2 teaspoons for the curry

 -Cut the paneer into medium sized cubes.
-Boil the tomatoes in water for 6-7 minutes and cool and take the skin out.
-Cut and blend the boiled tomatoes to make a puree.
-Add the green chillies,ginger and onions in a mixer jar and make a smooth paste.
-Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan and shallow fry the paneer cubes for 3-4 minutes.Take out and keep it aside.
-In the same pan add 2 teaspoons of oil and the ginger-onion paste and fry for 3-4 minutes.
-Add the tomato puree now and mix well and add salt ,kasuri methi and turmeric powder and cook till you see oil coming out from the masala paste.
-Add the fried paneer cubes,boiled green peas and mix and add milk and let the curry simmer on low flame for 5 minutes.
-Add a generous pinch of garam masala to the matar-paneer and mix well.
-Serve hot with vegetable pulao.

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