Mutter Paneer

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Recipe by Route 79

Description[edit]

Mutter Paneer is a delicious curry of Peas and home-made Cheese cubes (paneer). Once again - it's a Punjabi dish - and is extremely tasty when served with roti - or pitta bread: you can choose! And again - it's really easy to make. Just get the following ingredients together:


Ingredients[edit]

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Ingredients
  • 1 packet of ready-made paneer cubes from your local Indian shop - about 500g
  • 2 medium onions chopped finely
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • A generous bowl of frozen Peas
  • The usual chunks ginger, chillie, garlic from your freezer (thawed of course)
  • 2 (heaped) teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 (heaped) teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 and a half teaspoon of haldi (turmeric)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 pinch of cumin seed if you have some

Procedures[edit]

Heat up a couple of tablespoons of veg oil in a frying pan until hot and then add the cube sof paneer and fry until golden brown - turning over frequently to ensure even browning.

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Shallow-fry the paneer cubes in oil
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Fry until golden brown. Turn over frequently

When the paneer cubes have browned - place them onto a plate lined with kitchen paper so that the excess oil is absorbed away. In the meantime - get a large-ish pot and heat some vegetable oil in it until hot - and add the pinch of cumin seed and wait until it splutters.

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Lay out paneer on kitchen paper
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Fry some cumin seed in oil until it splutters

Then add the chopped onions and fry until goldeny-brown. After which add the ground dry spices and fry some more for about 5 mins gently.

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Fry onions until golden brownish
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Add all the ground spices

Then when the spices are infused int he Onion mixture - and the oil begins to separate from the onions - add the tin of chopped tomoto - and stir around on highish heat for a few mins.

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Add the tin of chopped tomatoes
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Cook for around 5 mins

After about 5 mins of simmering tomato-onion-spice mixture - add about 4 small glasses of water to the pot - and bring to simmer. Then add the previously-fried cubes of paneer to the pot and let it simmer for a few minutes more.

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Add 3 or 4 glasses of water
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Add the paneer cubes to the pot

Then add the bowl of frozen Peas - mix it about and simmer with the lid partially on for about 20 mins - stirring occasionally. The paneer cubes - which started out as "stodgy" plain Cheese pieces should by now be of a texture a bit like sponge - and should have absorbed the masala flavours too.

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Add the frozen peas
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Simmer for around 15 mins

When the "soup" in the pot is of the consistency that you prefer - simmering with the lid off to let some water evaporate - then just stir in some freshly chopped coriander leaf if - and switch the flame off - put the lid on - and then go and prepare some pitta bread or toast - or whatever - to accompany the mutter paneer.

Congratulate yourself for preparing such an enjoyable dish! And enjoy eating it too!


Recipe by Route 79[edit]

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