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Raspberry Matar (Fried Cottage Cheese balls and Peas in a Rich Gravy)

Contrary to its name, Raspberry Matar does not have anything to with Raspberries. So why the name?? I wish I had an answer. :-( My wild guess is that the chef who invented this dish thought of a fancy name to woo his customers... :-) The raspberries in this recipe are nothing but fried paneer balls.

Ingredients
  

  • 350 gms Green peas

For the Raspberries

  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 4 Green chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Saffron
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 2/3 cup Cornflour

For the Gravy

  • 2/3 cup Ghee
  • 2/3 cup Onion Boiled paste
  • 2 - 1/2 teaspoons Ginger paste
  • 2 - 1/2 teaspoons Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger chopped
  • 4 Green chillies
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 100 gms Tomato puree
  • 1 cup curd Whisked
  • 3 tablespoons Cashew paste
  • 1/4 cup Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • to taste Salt
  • 1/3 cup Coriander chopped

For Boiled Onion paste

  • 2/3 cup Onion sliced
  • 2 cardamom Black
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons Water

Instructions
 

  • For Boiled Onion Paste .
  • Boil the onions along with water, bay leaf and black cardamom till the onions turn translucent. Cool and grind to a fine paste and keep aside.
  • For theRaspberries.
  • Mash paneer in a bowl. Add finely chopped green chillies and ginger and mix well. Boil milk, add saffron and reduce by half. Pour half of the reduced milk into the mixture. Add chilli powder and salt and mix well. Make small balls and dust evenly with cornflour. Deep fry the balls till golden brown over medium heat. Drain and keep aside.
  • Boil the peas and drain. Keep aside.
  • For theGravy.
  • Heat ghee and add the boiled onion paste, ginger paste and garlic paste. Stir for 2 minutes. Add chopped ginger, chillies and stir for 2 minutes. Add chilli powder, coriander powder and saute till fat leaves masala. Add tomato puree and boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer till fat leaves masala. Add curd and stir constantly till fat separates. Add peas and boil for 2-3 minutes. Add cashew paste, cream and remaining saffron milk and bring to boil. On medium heat, add raspberries and sprinkle garam masala. Boil and remove immediately. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve.

Notes

Note
Raspberries should be boiled just once and stirred very gently or else it will crumble.