Monday, 13 August 2012

Chilli Paneer Recipe - the perfect comfort food :)

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

This week's recipe is Chilli Paneer.

The end result!
(serves 4 people)

Chilli paneer is a very popular, Indian dish served in a plethora of Indian restaurants with a varying degree of quality. I have found that the best chilli paneer I have tasted is the one I make at home. ;) Chilli paneer is basically a mixture of spicy peppers and onions, and paneer is Indian cheese.
This can be either made at home or bought from your local supermarket or Indian grocery store.


This lovely dish has a variety of textures and flavours. The paneer, if made correctly, is soft and crumbly and is infused with spices and bursts of flavour from the vegetables and you will find that the peppers and onions are beautifully caramelised. They are a perfect balance of sweet and slightly sharp taste.

So now your mouths are watering, let's get to the recipe

Ingredients:

200g paneer cut into 2cm cubes (either home made (recipe will be available on this blog at a later date) or from your local shop)
1 large onion (chopped into roughly 1 inch cubes)
1 medium sized green pepper (cut into 1 inch squares)
1 medium sized red pepper (cut into 1 inch squares)
3 tbsps sunflower oil
2 cloves garlic grated/minced
0.5 tsp ground green chillies
1 level tbsp salt
2 pinches turmeric
0.25 tsp red chilli powder
1 level tsp paprika
0.25 tsp ground cumin coriander powder (optional)
2 heaped tbsps tomato puree paste
0.25 mug of hot water

Method:

1. In a large, non-stick pan, pour in the sunflower oil. Heat until fairly hot.
2. Throw in the onions and green and red peppers and stir until softened. Cook on a medium to high heat.
3. Add in the garlic, green chillies, red chilli powder, paprika, turmeric, cumin coriander powder, tomato puree paste and salt, in that order.
4. Stir well for about 5 minutes. Add in the hot water and stir. Cover and let it cook on a low heat while cooking the paneer.

Side note: Make sure when the paneer is cooked, the water has evaporated in the other pan or has been completely absorbed into the sauce of the vegetables.

5. In a separate pan, gently sauté the paneer cubes carefully in a little oil until golden brown.
6. Add the paneer to the onions and peppers mixture and stir in carefully so that the paneer cubes do not break up. Alternatively, toss in the paneer cubes until well coated.
7. Serve hot and enjoy. Can be eaten on its own or as a side dish.

Savour and enjoy, my friends...

'Til next week! ... xx
Bon appétit! xx

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