Paneer / Cottage Cheese is a very traditional item I must say. It’s widely used in Indian dishes. There are various kinds of preparations made with paneer. It’s used in curries, rotis. It’s also used in grilling and to make desserts as well. Normally I make paneer at home as I don’t like the store bought one.
Today actually I was not in a mood to cook. Usually I cook only when I’m really in a mood to cook. But today was opposite. Actually my sis wanted a paneer dish and she asked me if I could make it for her so that she could take it to class for her lunch. Being a lazy person that I am, she thought I wouldn’t oblige to her wish. But she hardly asks to make any particular dish. She is happy with whatever is made at home. So I decided to make it for her. A simple and easy Paneer Makhani.
Paneer / cottage cheese – 200 gms
Refined Oil – 1 tbsp
Cumin – ¼ tsp
Ginger paste – ½ tbsp
Garlic paster – 1 tbsp
Tandoori masala – 1 tsp
Roasted cumin powder – ½ tsp
Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
Tomato, finely chopped – 6
Salt – to taste
Garam masala – ¼ tsp
Fresh cream – ½ cup
Butter – 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves – to garnish
Cut paneer/cottage cheese into 1 inch cubes
Heat oil in a wok and add cumin. Sauté it for roughly 10 seconds.
Add ginger and garlic paste and sauté it for a minute.
Now add tandoori masala, cumin powder and chilli powder. Sauté it for about 30 seconds and then add tomatoes and salt. Cook the tomatoes for about 5 minutes. It will become thick like sauce. That’s the consistency we need.
(note:- if you are not adding tandoori masala, increase the amount of chilli powder)
Add paneer/cottage cheese and garam masala and mix well. Boil it for another minute.
Finally add fresh cream and butter and mix well. Remove from heat. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Easy and delicious curry is ready within a matter of minutes… I made this in combo with Lachha Paratha…