Sunday, May 6, 2018

PANEER KHURCHAN

PANEER KHURCHAN

As is evident from the many recipes in this blog, both my husband and I are fond of paneer ( Indian Cottage Cheese). Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for Paneer Korma, Paneer Tikka Kathi Rolls, and Paneer Kolhapuri.

Today's recipe is for a dish from North India called Paneer Khurchan adapted from this article in Times Food.

I have used paneer from Nilgiris which is one of Bangalore's oldest supplier of quality dairy products. The colourful bell pepper adds to the visual appeal of the dish. I did not use low fat cream mentioned in the original recipe.

We enjoyed this delicious dish with hot rotis and I would urge you to try out this recipe.



Ingredients:




  • Paneer, (Cottage Cheese), cut into 1 " pieces, 250 gms
  • Large sized Onion, sliced, 1
  • Large sized Tomato, chopped, 1
  • Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped, 50 gms 
  • Green Bell Pepper,  chopped, 50 gms 
  • Red Bell Pepper,  chopped, 50 gms 
  • Asafoetida, 1/8 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Kitchen King Masala / Garam Masala Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Green Chillies, slit and de-seeded, 2
  • Ginger, chopped, 1 tsp
  • Low Fat Cream, 1 tbsp 
  • Kasoori Methi, (Dry Fenugreek Leaves), crushed, 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, 1 and 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Coriander Leaves, chopped, 2 tbsp....for garnish
Method:

Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadhai and on medium flame add the onions and saute them till they become translucent 
Add chopped tomato and bell peppers, mix well and saute stirring from time to time till the tomato becomes soft
Please ensure that the bell peppers remain crunchy and do not get overcooked
Add asafoetida, turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin powder and coriander powder, Kitchen King Masala and salt
Mix well so that the vegetables get well blended with the spice powders
Add the slit green chillies and the chopped ginger and saute over medium flame
Next add the paneer pieces, mix well and cook on high flame making sure the paneer pieces touch the bottom of the pan
Cook till each of the paneer pieces turn slightly golden and then flip them over to cook the other side
Add the low fat cream (if you are using this) and sprinkle the crushed kasoori methi and mix it well
Switch off the gas and garnish with chopped coriander leaves
Serve hot with tandoori roti or naan