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:
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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