Sunday, January 9, 2011

Paneer with sweet peppers

I love to use the mini sweet peppers. I add them to pasta, pizza, soups, rice dishes and of course vegetables. I make salads with it or make stuffed peppers with potato filling. I like the bright color it adds to any dish. This one is with paneer and similar to kadhai paneer.
Coarsely crushed coriander seeds 1tbsp
Whole red chillies 2-3
Slit green chillies 2-3
Black cardamom - 4
Curry patta 1 sprig
Fennel seeds 1tsp
Turmeric 1tsp
Garam masala 2tsp
Cumin seeds 1tsp
Onion 1 large (sliced)
Garlic 2-3 minced (optional)
Tomatoes chopped 2
Sweet peppers sliced (about 4 cups)
Paneer chopped (2 cups)
A few cashews and raisins 
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking
Cilantro leaves 
Chaat masala

Heat oil and add the cumin, fennel, cardamom, red chillies, coriander seeds in order. Now add the cashews and raisins, stir and add the onions and green chillies. Cook till the onions wilt and become pink. Now add the garlic and the dry masalas (turmeric, garam masala) and curry patta. Add the chopped tomatoes and mix well. Once the tomatoes start breaking down add the peppers cook uncovered for a little while till the water from the tomatoes dries up a little bit. Add salt and check for seasonings. In a separate  pan lightly saute the paneer cubes in a little oil and add to the vegetables. Cover and cook for a little while. Garnish with cilantro and some chaat masala.

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