I Simply love this dish and I have made it hundreds of times (make it almost every fortnight..hehe). I have tried different variations and this one has been the most yummiest one! My guests were licking their fingers. One of them even told me, "I am so sure you have got it from some good restaurant-only they can create such a coveted dish". Well, I took it as a compliment (who doesn't like some adulation, tell me?).
Before I go to the recipe, I got another new book from my hubby. Food and health related books are one genre I never get bored reading, regardless of what they are cooking. This book has a great collection of 100 continental-American vegetarian recipes by Viki Smallwood.
And he does know I love watching Top Chef every season without missing an episode :). I am also sending this recipe to MLLA-16, hosted for the month by cook sister! and created by Susan.
So here is the super hit recipe. Relish it!
3/4-1 cup matar/shelled fresh green peas
1 cup of paneer cubes (around 10 pieces)
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp jeera /cumin seeds
1 tsp kasuri methi
1 star anise
1 inch of cinnamon
2 tbl spn sour/fresh cream
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbl spn of ginger-garlic paste
2 tbl spns buttersalt to taste
1 medium sized onion + 1 green chilli
2 medium sized tomatoes + 5 full cashews + 2 stems of coriander leaves+10 mint leaves
Heat the butter in pan. Fry the paneer cubes to golden brown in all sides and keep aside. Put them in some warm water and keep aside as they tend to get hard after frying.
Add jeera ,star anise, cardamom and cinnamon,kasuri methi, ginger-garlic paste and fry well.
Add the onion puree and cook well till the raw taste is gone.
Add the tomato puree along with the garam masala, coriander powder,turmeric powder,salt and red chilli powder.
Add the peas and cook well for about 15 minutes in medium flame. Stir occasionally. Check if the peas have become soft and the they have soaked the masala.
Add sour cream.
Add the paneer and cook for another 5 minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.