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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Malai Mutter Paneer.

1 big onion
1 big garlic clove
1 big piece of ginger.
3-4 tbspn of ready tomato puree
1 packet of ready paneer/cottage cheese (I have used the Amul brand easily available in Indian Stores).

3/4 cup of green peas (wash well).
6-8 Cashew nuts (Optional)
2-3 tbspn cream
1-2 green chillies
1/2-1 tspn of sugar (optional)
Salt as per taste,
1 tbspn butter
1 tbspn oil.

Other Spices:
1/4 tspn Turmeric powder
1/2-1 tspn red chilli powder
A dash of cinnamon
dash of freshly ground black pepper.

Boil peas (on a medium flame) in water till they become soft. Drain the water and keep the peas aside.

Heat a wok on medium flame. Now I have added a mix of butter and oil.

Allow the butter to melt and add chopped onions, garlic and ginger.

Add green chillies.

Stir and cook on a medium flame.

Once the onions have turned slightly brown, add the tomato puree. I like to use tomato puree as it gives a really nice bright color to the gravy/sauce.

Stir again.

You may want to add a little water (3-4 tbspn) if the tomato puree has made the sauce very thick.

Cook the sauce on a medium flame for 2-3 minutes, add salt and stir. Switch off the flame and allow the sauce to cool.

Once the sauce becomes cold, grind it into a paste.

You can grind 6-8 cashew nuts to give a smoother, creamier and rich texture to the sauce.

Once you've got a smooth puree, pour it back into the wok.

Add boiled peas now and cook on a medium flame.

You can either stir fry the cottage cheese in a non stick pan or otherwise just add the pieces directly into the sauce. I have fried the cottage cheese a bit.

Put the cottage cheese cubes into the sauce. You could now add some water to the sauce/gravy to get the consistency you like, although making sure you don't make it watery or runny as the Malai mutter paneer basically has a creamy texture and consistency. Boil on medium to low flame for 2-3 minutes.

Add Turmeric powder.

Add red chilli powder. You can also add 1/2 -1 tspn of garam masala. I have not used it though.

Dash of cinnamon.

Freshly crushed black pepper and stir well.

Finally add cream and stir well.

You may want to add a bit of sugar (this is optional). Stir well and cook for 1-2 minutes before you switch off the flame.

Malai Mutter Paneer is ready. Serve hot with Roti/Paratha or Rice.

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