Monday, July 21, 2008

Nawabhi paneer

This dish is another curry dish which goes wonderfully with any Indian flat bread or rice. Kesar or saffron a highly revered spice that is also very expensive. North Indians use ample use of kesar in their cooking. Most commonly used in sweets and mithai, a small amount of keasr can change the entire flavour of a dish. Kesar is also used to flavour hot milk topped with malai or cream.
Here this much adored spice has been used to flavour a curry to which soft, melt in your mouth paneer have been added. Dissolving the kesar in little warm milk or water before adding to a dish greatly enhances its flavour and colour.
This curry tastes awesome, just like the one you get in the restaurants and goes lovely with any Indian flat bread or rice. My husband loves this dish! Do try and let me know..

200 gm paneer, cut into chunks
3 Onions, chopped
2 Tbsp Ginger and garlic paste
2 Green chillies, chopped
2 tomatoes OR 1/2 cup Tomato puree
25 gm Cashew nuts
3 Tbsp Dry coconut powder or dessicated coconut powder
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp jeera powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/4tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
1/2 cup curd
A few strands of saffron(kesar) dissolved in 2 tbsp milk OR 1/4 tsp kesar color
1 tsp Kasuri methi
1 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste

Initial Preparation

Fry cashew nuts for 1 minute and grind it along with dry coconut with little milk.

Fry the onions in little oil till they are soft and done. And then grind it.

Fry the paneer in little oil or ghee for a minute or till they turn golden brown. Add curd to it(entire paneer should be coated well).

Blanch the tomatoes and puree them.

Method:In a non stick pan, take some oil. Add the onion paste and fry for 2 minutes.

Add the ginger -garlic paste, green chillies and tomato puree. let it boil.

Add the red chilli powder, dhaniya powder, jeera powder, turmaric and garam masala powder and mix it well.

Then add the cashew and coconut paste. Finally add kesar color, salt, sugar, kasuri methi and the paneer mixture.

Add 1 cup of water and let boil.

Yummy Nawabhi Paneer is ready!!

Enjoy and have a great week!


Lava said...

Tried this dish yesterday and it came out very nice... My husband and the kids loved it... it was finger liking gooooood :-)

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