In our growing up years my cousin sisters and I absolutely loved Paneer so our Grand-mum (Aai) would incorporate it once a month in the menu at home. It was like a Major Food Event that we looked forward to. Circa 2015 nothing much has changed I still love my Paneer. Not only is it really tasty and versatile, it is a great source of protein and calcium.
A couple of weeks ago on a Thursday evening I got home from work and was feeling pretty lazy and did not really want to spend more than 30 minutes in the kitchen. A quick fridge raid lead to finding some Paneer in the fridge and some left over cream. I decided to rustle up an easy Paneer Curry that would tantalize the taste buds.
Today's recipe incorporates Panch Phoran to give you a delicately spiced yet a flavourful dish. A quick-fix weekday meal that will satisfy those Paneer cravings. Make it for your next House party and be sure to win loads of Accolades…..
So here is my recipe for a super quick and super simple – Mutter Paneer with Panch Phoran.
- Diced Tomato - 250 gms
- Light Cream - 125 gms
- Peas - 150 gms
- Paneer - 250 gms - cubed
- Garam Masala- 1/2 teaspoon
- Red Chilli Powder- 1 teaspoon - Use Degi or Kashmiri Mirch for the colour
- Lemon Juice- 1 teaspoon
- Green Chilli- 1- finely chopped
- Ginger Paste- 1/2 teaspoon
- Garlic Paste- 1/2 teaspoon
- Kasoori Methi- 2 teaspoon
- Panch Phoran - 1 tablespoon
- Vegetable Oil- 1 tablespoon
- Sugar- 1.5 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
If you notice there are no onions in the ingredient list. That is a deliberate omission. Sometimes laziness is a good thing. The minute I start chopping onions I cry a river. So no-onion recipes give me eternal joy.
For this recipe you need a good non stick wok/ kadhai. Keep it on medium-high flame and add the vegetable oil. Next add the Panch Phoran and let it crackle. Then reduce the flame to medium. Add the ginger and garlic paste and mix well till the raw smell goes away.
By this point your entire kitchen will be fragrant and the spices would have blended well with tomatoes. Panch Phoran and kasoori methi is a lethal fragrant combination for your senses.
You can serve it with fresh Chapati/ Naan with some onion salad and some tangy Mango pickle.