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Kadai Paneer (Cottage Cheese with Capsicum in Tomato Gravy)

Till about 12 years back, I was under the impression that Kadai Paner was one of those exotic dishes, which could be whipped up only by those highly experienced cooks/chefs. Only when I came across this recipe and when I tried it out myself did I realise how wrong I was. This recipe calls for basic ingredients generally available at home and can be easily prepared.

The other day, while eating out, we had ordered Kadai Paneer, which was highly appreciated by D. That’s when I realised that I hadn’t prepared this dish in a long time. Well…. that’s how ‘Kadai Paneer’ managed to get to the top of my ‘to do’ list.

Kadai Paneer (Cottage Cheese with Capsicum in Tomato Gravy)

Kadai Paneer (Cottage Cheese with Capsicum in Tomato Gravy)

Till about 12 years back, I was under the impression that Kadai Paner was one of those exotic dishes, which could be whipped up only by those highly experienced cooks/chefs. Only when I came across this recipe and when I tried it out myself did I realise how wrong I was. This recipe calls for basic

Ingredients
  

  • 250 gms Cottage Cheese Paneer / cubes
  • 1 Capsicum Julienned
  • 4 Tomatoes pureed
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ginger paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic paste
  • 3 - 4 chillies Whole dried red
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Methi Kasoori
  • as required Salt
  • 1 - 1/2 tablespoons Ghee butter / Clarified - (you can use oil as well)

Instructions
 

  • Dry grind the chillies and coriander seeds to a fine powder and keep aside.
  • Heat Ghee/ oil in a pan.Add the ginger- garlic paste and saute till the raw smell goes completely.
  • Add the powdered chilli-coriander and saute for a minute or two.Add the pureed tomatoes along with kasoori methi.Cook till the oil separates.
  • Add the capsicum juliennes and saute till the juliennes are cooked.
  • Now add salt and the cheese cubes and toss well till the mixture coats the cheese cubes well.
  • If needed, you can add some water.Let it boil.
  • Switch off and transfer to a serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves.Serve hot with Roti/Naan/Chapathi.

Notes

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