Would you believe me that I have tasted Kadai Paneer only once so far? Yes, and that was many years ago. The restaurant that I went to with my cousin and her family was one of the popular ones in the city. But the dish tasted like a total failure! We did not like it and since then I never had this urge or liking to order / make this at home.
As they say ' First impression is the best impression', my outlook on this dish did not change at all. Then when I planned to announce - Say Cheese as a the theme for Srivalli's Kids delight event, I thought why not I break the mind barrier and make it at home.
I tried it one evening not really sure how I or the others at home would like it. I made a small batch and I was really impressed. Lil Angel loved it so much that she said she wanted it for lunch the next day. Lil Dude who is not into any type of cheese even paneer, loved the gravy and kept licking it from his bowl!
So all in all it turned out to be a great keeper recipe. I only wish I had the mind to make this long back...
This is also for Blogging Marathon #48, Week 3,Day 1 under theme Kids Delight - Say Cheese...
Paneer - 200 grams
Capsicum- 1/2 from each color, cut into thin strips
Onion-1, finely choppedGinger-1 teaspon, finely chopped
Garlic- 2 cloves, grated
Garam masala- 1 teaspoon
Coriander seeds- 2 teaspoonsRed Chili- 1
Kashmi red chilili powder- 1 teaspoon
Kasuri methi - 1 teaspoon, crushed
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves to garnish
Roughly chop 3 tomatoes and puree it.In a pan toast coriander seeds and red chili till the coriander turns a little brown. Remove from pan, cool and powder coarsely.
Heat oil in a pan and ginger and garlic. After a minute add onions and saute till soft. Add one chopped tomato and cook till mushy.
Add tomato puree and a little water and bring to boil. Put in capsicum and let it cook on low for 5 minutes.
When it thickens, add a teaspoon[or more -depending on your taste] of the ground powder, red chili powder, salt and mix.Cook for a few minutes.Add one and a half cups of water and bring to boil.
Add the garam masala and crushed kasuri methi. Mix well. Add paneer and simmer for 3 minutes.Remove from heat
Serve garnished with coriander leaves as a side with roti
~You can use any color capsicum
~Add water to get the gravy of the consistency you prefer.~The excess coriander powder can be stored in air tight container and used when needed.
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