Paneer pepper masala

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Ingredients:-

  1. Paneer – 200 grams; cubed and shallow fried
  2. Oil – 3 tbsps.
  3. Bay leaf – 1 number
  4. Garlic – 4 big cloves; minced
  5. Ginger paste – 1 tsp.
  6. Onion – 3 numbers medium; finely chopped
  7. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp.
  8. Tomato – 1 cup; finely chopped
  9. Water – 1/4 cup
  10. Special masala powder – 3/4 heaping tsp.
  11. Pepper corns – a pinch (crushed)
  12. Crushed cardamom powder- a pinch
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Cilantro – 1/2 cup

For the special masala powder:-

  1. Green cardamom – 6 numbers
  2. Clove – 3 numbers
  3. Star aniseed – 3 small petals
  4. Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp.
  5. Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp.
  6. Pepper corns – 2 tsps.
  7. Cinnamon – 1″ piece

Dry roast all these spices together and grind to a slightly coarse powder. Use only 3/4 heaping tsps. of masala powder for this recipe

Method:-

  1. Heat oil in a broad non-stick pan & add the bay leaf. Add the ginger and garlic paste and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped onions and cook till they turn golden brown in colour.
  2. Add the turmeric powder and cook for a minute on low heat.
  3. Throw in the tomatoes and 2 tbsps. of water and cover cook on low heat for 15 minutes or till the tomatoes turn mushy and oil starts to separate.
  4. Add the special masala powder, crushed pepper and cardamom and the fried paneer cubes. Mix and cover cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Also add enough salt and 1/4 cup of water while cooking the paneer.
  5. Finally add the chopped cilantro and mix.
  6. Serve hot with roti or puri.

Source:- Annie’s kitchen

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