Mutter Paneer

Mutter Paneer

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Serves: 4

Note: If fried paneer or cubed paneer is not available, cut paneer into ¾ inch cubes. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a non-stick pan and sauté paneer until light golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. frozen peas (mutter), thawed
  • ½ lb. fried or plain cubed paneer
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil or butter
  • 3 teaspoons garlic-ginger paste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, for garnish
Directions
  1. Heat oil or butter in a wok or a frying pan. Sauté garlic-ginger paste with spices until fragrant, 2 minutes. All tomato sauce, kasuri methi and stir to combine everything. Season with salt and sugar. Let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add peas, fried paneer and stir to combine with sauce. Cover the wok or pan and let peas cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add heavy cream, stir and adjust the seasoning. Let mutter paneer cook with sauce for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally so that sauce does not stick to bottom.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm with Nan or Paratha.

 

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Rajma

Rajma

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Serves: 4

Dark Red Kidney Bean Soup
Ingredients
  • 2 15.5 oz. cans dark red kidney beans
  • ½ cup masoor dal (red split lentils), uncooked
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small tomato, small diced
  • 1 small russet potato, small diced (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano chili, finely chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 9 to 10 curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Water as needed
Directions
  1. Rinse masoor dal and transfer to a small pot. Add ½ cup of water, cover the pot and let dal cook on low heat until soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Rinse and drain the beans from cans and set it aside.
  3. While dal is cooking, heat oil in a medium soup pot or a Dutch oven on a medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds and let it sizzle. Add onions and sauté them until light golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, green chili and all the dry spices. Sauté everything until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Next add tomato paste and sauté for a minute. Add tomatoes, ginger and sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. If you are not using potato, go to step 4. Add diced potato, ½ cup water and season with ¼ teaspoon of salt. Cover the pot and let potato cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Add beans and ½ cup of water. Let them heat on low heat until dal is cooking. As soon as dal is cooked, add dal and season with remaining salt. Cover the pot and let everything cook for 7 to 10 minutes. Uncover, add lemon juice and cook for 2 more minutes. Adjust the seasoning. If rajma is too dry, add some water.
  6. Serve warm with Nan or Paratha and over rice.

 

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Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala

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Ingredients
  • About 1 lb. paneer, cut into ¾ inch dice
For Marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic-ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves).\
  • 1 teaspoon salt
For Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil or butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic-ginger paste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, for garnish
Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine ingredients of marinade into a medium mixing bowl. Add paneer and toss to coat with marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and let it marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spread paneer evenly on sheet and bake until light golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Heat oil or butter in a wok or a frying pan. Sauté garlic-ginger paste with spices until fragrant, 2 minutes. All tomato sauce, kasuri methi and stir to combine everything. Season with salt and sugar. Let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add heavy cream, stir and let the sauce cook for another 2 minutes. Add the baked paneer and stir with the sauce. Adjust the seasoning and let paneer cook with sauce for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so that sauce does not stick to bottom.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm with Nan or Paratha.

 

 

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Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer

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Serves: 4

If fried paneer or cubed paneer is not available, cut paneer into ¾ inch cubes. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a non-stick pan and sauté paneer until light golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. baby spinach (palak)
  • ½ lb. fried or plain cubed paneer
  • 1 medium onion, roughly cut into ½ inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 green chili, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dhana-jeeru (spice blend of ground coriander and cumin)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons oil
Directions
  1. In a wok or a frying pan heat oil over medium high heat. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let it sizzle. Add onion and sauté it until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garam masala, dhana-jeeru, green chili, ginger and garlic. Sauté everything for two more minutes. Add tomato paste and sauté for a minute. Add spinach and ½ cup water. Cover the pan and let spinach cook until slightly wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt, add kasuri methi and let spinach cook until it is fully cooked, 4 to 5 minutes. Take off the heat.
  2. With a blender or an immersion blender puree the spinach until smooth. Transfer pureed spinach to a wok or a frying pan again and add fried paneer. Let it simmer for 5 minutes covered with a lid.
  3. Serve warm with Paratha or Nan.

 

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Palak Mung Dal Sabzi

Palak Mung Dal Sabzi

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Spinach with Mung Dal
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. baby spinach (palak)
  • ¾ cup mung dal (without skin)
  • 1 medium onion roughly cut into ½ inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 green chili, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 ½ teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dhana-jeeru (ground coriander and cumin blend)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 5 tablespoons oil
Directions
  1. Pick through mung dal and rinse it.
  2. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a medium sized pot over medium high heat. Add ½ teaspoon of mustard seeds and let it sizzle. Add ½ teaspoon of each turmeric and chili powder. Add 1 ½ cups of water and season with ½ teaspoon salt. Stir everything. Cover the pot and let it come to boil. Uncover once it is boiling and let it cook until the foam on top subsides, about 7 minutes. Cover the pot and let dal cook for another two minute or until tender.
  3. In a separate wok or a frying pan, heat remaining 3 tablespoons over medium high heat. Add remaining mustard seeds and cumin seeds and let it sizzle. Add onion and sauté it until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garam masala, dhana-jeeru, green chili, ginger and garlic. Sauté everything for two more minutes. Add tomato paste and sauté for a minute. Add spinach and ½ cup water. Cover the pan and let spinach cook until slightly wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, add kasuri methi and let spinach cook until it is fully cooked.
  4. With a blender or an immersion blender, puree the spinach until smooth. Transfer the pureed spinach to wok or frying pan again and combine it with mung dal. Let it simmer for 5 minutes covered with a lid.
  5. Serve warm with Paratha or Nan or over rice.

 

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