Monday, 23 April 2012

Kadai Paneer/Cottage cheese with capsicum

Paneer is Indian cheese which is made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice or vinegar.It has got very high nutritional value and is a good protein substitute specially for the vegeterians..

Ingredients -
cottage cheese/paneer
onion(1 big)
tomato(1 big)
capsicum/shimla mirch(1)
garlic (5-6)
dry red chillies(4-5)
whole garam masala-cinnamon/dalchini(1 small stick),cardamom/elaichi(3-4),cloves/laung(2-3),peppercorns/kaalimirch(3-4),bayleaf/tejpatta(1)
crushed corianderseeds/coriander powder
turmeric powder
fresh corinder leaves

Method -
Heat oil in a non-stick pan.Need not be a kadai.
Add the whole garam masala as mentioned in the ingredients.
Put in the dry broken red chillies.
Chop the onion and tomato finely.
Add the mashed garlic and chopped onions to the pan.
Let it saute for a min or so.
Crush coriander seeds to a powder or ready-made coriander powder can also be used.Add this to the pan.
Put in the chopped capsicum and cook.
After a min add the chopped tomatoes and salt.
Add a pinch of turmeric powder and cook.
Finally add the paneer pieces and mix.
If you are using home-made paneer then shallow fry the paneer lightly and then add to the pan.Incase of ready-made paneer it can be directly added without frying.
Let the paneer cook for sometime.This dish doesnt have a lot of gravy.
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot :-)

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