Aug 23, 2016

Quick paneer curry ... ready in 15 minutes

Paneer is a favourite in my house. My kids can eat paneer recipes even three meals a day ;) They especially love taking it to school to share with their friends. A favourite lunch box special for them is phulka smeared with a spoonful of homemade ghee and a sidedish of paneer. If that is packed for lunch then I can relax back and wait for empty lunch boxes returned happily.

This paneer recipe is a quick and easy version that gets ready in just 15 minutes. I love making this as it saves a lot of time in the morning hustle. Also I dont need to be around the kitchen for a long time. I just mix up ingredients and then let it simmer for around 10 mins. This kind of cooking makes it really easy :)

Serves... 4 ppl
Serve option... Hot with chapathis or rotis or phulkas

This is what u'll need...

Paneer - made from 1 litre milk
Onion - 2 medium
Tomato - 2 small
Almonds or Badam - 10-12 nos
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn
Fennel powder / Saunf powder - 1/2 tspn
Cumin powder - 1 tspn
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
Milk - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 tbspn
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....
  • Cut paneer into 1/2 inch cubes. It would come to around 2 cups. I have used homemade paneer. For recipe or detailed instructions on how to make paneer check out this recipe link -> Homemade paneer 
  • Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a nonstick pan
  • Thinly slice the onions and toss the into the oil. Let this saute for a couple of minutes or little more or till onions turns slightly golden and translucent
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric to the onions and stir again for a minute

  • When the onion is sauteeing let get on to the next work. In a blender jar add roughly chopped tomatoes and almonds. If you want you can soak the almonds in warm water for about 10 mins
  • Add the spices to the jar. I have used red chilli powder, fennel powder and cumin powder

  • Grind this to a very fine paste. If needed add a little water while grinding but make sure your puree it very nicely
  • Pout this puree into the sauteed onion
  • Add 1/2 a cup of water and stir it around
  • Sprinkle salt as per taste
  • Let this simmer for about 10 minutes or until oil starts separating from the gravy
  • Pour half a cup of milk or 1/4th cup of cream into the gravy
  • Give it a good stir
  • Toss in the paneer cubes and cook it covered for another minute
  • Gravy is ready to be served
  • Serve hot with hot rois or chapathis or phulkas

                                                • Adjust spices according to your taste
                                                • Simmer after adding the tomato puree and the flavours will steep in
                                                • You can add milk/cream whichever is available

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