Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tawa Paneer

As much as I love to cook, I love to laze around as well. Last week was one of the weeks I hardly cooked anything. Not that I had no time or my routine was unusal. But just didn't feel like spending more time in the kitchen. Well, somehow I was managing with some quick and easy comfort food to feed our hungry stomachs. But then today, while I went to drop my daughter for her music class, I could smell this delicious spicy curry from someone's house! Usually my nose is very adept at recognizing my favorite food from a distance, but today I couldn't. I'm still debating if it was chicken or potatoes :) Well, thanks to whoever was making it, that aroma triggered me to make something good in the kitchen today!

With not much left in the fridge, I decided to make this warm, simple and flavorful paneer dish. As I started cooking this dish, I realized how much I was enjoying the cooking. The stirring of the onions, their roasted texture glittering beautifully from the bottom of the pan, and the seductive aroma of those spices... Hmm, I felt so great and rejuvenated! And was glad to be back into my very own kitchen world.. As silly as it sounds, it still true that I can't stay away from my kitchen for a long time :)

My daughter loves Paneer. So do I. But her intensity far surpasses mine. Because of her, I keep trying different recipes with Paneer, and thats one of the few things that she likes. Whenever she comes to the dinner table, if she sees a Paneer dish, she quietly finishes her dinner without her usual whine or groan - a very rare scene in our house. This dish is one of our family's most favorite paneer dishes. I learned this from my very good friend a while back. I fortunately also happened to watch her cook this yummy dish and since then it has taken a permanant place in my recipe book, and ends up in our dinner table frequently. What I like about this dish is the consistency - neither gravy nor dry - a perfect side dish for rotis and naans. I enjoy gravies mostly with rice and for rotis I usually prefer little dry side dishes.

Note: If you have a food processor, this dish is a perfect candidate for it! Use the food processor to chop the paneer and to prepare the tomato mixture given below.
  • Paneer - chopped (2 cups)
  • Onions - 1 medium
  • Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
  • Roma Tomatoes - 2 large
  • G.chillies - 3
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Corriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Kasuri Methi - 2 tsp (crushed)
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 inch
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Ajwain seeds - a pinch (optional)
  • Cream - 2 or 3 tbsp
  • Corriander leaves - to garnish
  • Start with boiling the whole tomatoes for 5 mins. Drop them into cold water and let them rest for a few mins.
  • Meanwhile give the paneer cubes a quick spin in the food processor. Don't make them too powdery. They should be still in mini bitable chunks. Otherwise, slice or chop them finely using regular knife. It should come to 2 cups after chopping. Set aside.
  • Chop the onions in food processor too. If no food processor, chop them extra fine.
  • Peel off the tomato skin, puree in food-processor along with the g.chillies, 1 tsp ginger/garlic paste, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.
  • Heat oil in a pan, season with Ajwain seeds (if using), add onions and fry in medium heat for 3 mins.
  • Add the remaining 1tsp Ginger/Garlic paste and fry for a min.
  • Now add the tomato puree, chilli powder and Kasoori methi and mix well. Add salt and cover and cook for 5-6 mins. You can add 2 tbsp of water if you need.
  • Finally add the paneer and give it a good stir. Cover for 2 more mins. Add corriander leaves and mix well.
  • Keep frying the mixture in medium heat until it turns almost dry (Be cautious not to let it too dry).


Cham said...

Quick and easy side dish, I make with tofu but not with paneer. Looks delicous with roti

Sujatha said...

Girl, you are always super fast :) Its been not even 5 mins since I posted it.. :) Yes, with tofu sounds great! Next time I should try that..

Laavanya said...

I'm a paneer fan too and this sounds so good.. like a bhurji.

DEESHA said...

wow, that looks sooper delicious & soo easy to put together.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

I can eat these even without rotis.... looks very yummy sujatha.


I have not tried like this before,sounds like we can make with ease! My son would love this!

Divya Vikram said...

Great sidedish. Diff paneer recipe.

Suparna said...

Sujatha, The dish looks yummy!! I've not made it at home yet.This dish seems to be an all'll go well with rice, roti and will make a superb filling for sandwiches...drooling...will make it sometime this week...Thanks, God Bless!!

Asha said...

YUMMY! Looks delicious, great for breakfast or snack, and light too! :))

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

looks very nice. easy and quick.

Dershana said...

looks easy and yummy!

Deepa Hari said...

Who doesn't like paneer?....i am always ready to have them...Tawa paneer looks great and lovely...Like your recipe...Good one.

Andhra Flavors said...

tawa paneer! It looks new to me. will try once

Knowledge is comuunicable wisdome is Not. said...

A real nice place to Dig in... i enjoyed my spent time here immanency ...
Looking Forward for more vegg dishes from you that r quick too .


notyet100 said...

cookin works like therapy,..specially when we r preparein something we like,..:-)

Sia said...

is it same as paneer taka tak?

A_and_N said...

Wow that sounds great! I loved the addition of kasuri methi. The dish looks a bit like a 'bhurji'.

Sujatha said...

Welcome to my blog Shaheena! And thanks for your encouraging comments :) Yes, the goal of this blog is to post quick and simple dishes.. Hoping to maintain it :) Keep checking!

Sujatha said...

Hi Sia, Paneer taka tak is a little more drier version than this.. Since I use tomato puree, it loosens up the consistency and leaves it in a semi sold state.. But not too gravy either.. If you happen to try it, let me know how it came out! :)

Indhu said...

yummy... I can eat it right off the bowl :)

n33ma said...

This is easy and delicious!

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Usha said...

Simple, quick and delicious dish! Must taste great with rotis :-)