Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kaaju Paneer Pasanda


A belated but a very happy independence day to all of you. Hope you all had a great weekend watching the flag being hoisted, singing the national anthem, and the works. For me, Independence day holds a different meaning all together. It was actually on the 15th of Aug that I and S met and we decided to lose our freedom to each other. Don't you think it is kind of weird to lose your freedom on Independence day ?? :)



Even today after 5years, I still remember how I had waded through the Independence day Parade to meet him. And how I was floored by this guy in white T-shirt and blue Jeans. So you can understand why this day holds a very special place in my heart. I always make something special on the Independence day. So this time, I decided to try out this amazing Paneer curry. 
In this curry, home made cottage cheese and toasted cashew nuts are simmered lightly in a rich and buttery onion tomato sauce and spices and further enriched by coconut and poppy seed paste. This delicious curry is sure to please any crowd.


Kaaju Paneer Pasanda recipe:
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 15min
Serves- 4

Ingredients:
Paneer- 200gm, cubed
Whole Cashews- 25-30
Onion- 1large, Peeled and blanched
Tomatoes- 2, blanched and pureed
Ginger-garlic paste- 1tsp
Fresh grated coconut- 2tbsp
Poppy seeds- 1tbsp, lightly roasted
Cumin seeds or Jeera- 1/2tsp
Coriander seed powder- 1/2tsp
Turmeric- 1/4tsp
Red chilli powder- 1/2tsp
Green chilli- 1, slit
Garam masala powder- A pinch
Kasuri methi-1/4tsp
Salt- to taste
Sugar- 1/2tsp
Ghee- 1tbsp
Milk- 1/2cup
Cream- 3tbsp or
Skimmed milk powder- 3tbsp
For the seasoning
Ghee- 2tsp
Cloves- 3, powdered
Cinnamon- 1" piece, powdered
Coriander leaves to garnish



Method:
  • Shallow fry the paneer cubes in 2tsp of ghee. Drain and keep aside
  • Heat another tspn of ghee and shallow fry the cashews and keep aside.
  • Grind the blanched onion, coconut and the poppy seeds along with a little water to a fine paste and set aside
  • Heat oil in a wok and add the cumin seeds.
  • Once it pops, add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the the smell goes
  • Add the ground coconut paste and fry for 2 min
  • Add the slit green chilli and the pureed tomato and fry for 3-4min
  • Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, sugar, Kasuri methi,coriander seed powder and fry for another 2min
  • Add the paneer cubes and cashews and mix gently.
  • Add the garam masala and milk and allow the mixture to simmer for 2min.
  • Turn off the heat and add the cream or skimmed milk powder and mix well.
  • Heat ghee in a separate pan and add the cinnamon and clove powder.
  • Fry for a few secs. Take off the heat and add the seasoning to the prepared curry.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with Rotis or naan




22 comments :

  1. I am always in for Paneer and roti. <3 it.

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  2. Rich & creamy but entirely yummy - I have yet to use poppy seeds in my cooking - exactly how does it enhance the flavor? is it very distinctive?

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  3. Thanks for the comment Priya!! The poppy seeds gives a mildly sweet flavour to the curry. It also gives an emulsion to the gravy. Do try using this seed. You fall in love with it :)

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  4. ohh...love ur yummy recipes dear...this is excellent..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  5. Paneer pasanda looks amazingly delicious and inviting.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  6. Wowie! This looks like a delicious accompaniment for roti/naan ~ exotic n full of flavors.Bookmarking your recipe, thanks for sharing !
    USMasala

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  7. wow loved this recipe,luks delicious...btn the serving dish luks very cute.

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  8. such an rich creamy yummy dish..perfect for indian breads..

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  9. such a rich n yummy curry..looks delicious

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  10. Delicious, creamy & finger licking good!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  11. Delicious and yum ..nice pics

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  12. Lovely looking black and white photos.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  13. Yum, yum, yum !!! Kaju and paneer go very well together and this seems an example of that duo :)

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  14. Happy Anniversary, dear!
    This paneer with cashew surely looks amazingly delicious and is a great way to celebrate!

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  15. Wow..what a wonderful exotic curry!

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  16. First time to your space and I must say you have a lovely space. Kaaju Paneer looks so delicious!
    Loved all your clicks. B/W ones are superb!
    Happy to follow u..

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  17. i love paneer...can never say no to it ! this dish looks yummyy :D

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  18. Hi..First time on your blog...Paneer looks so tempting...Happy to follow you dear...Do visit me at http://muchmorethanahomemaker.blogspot.com/
    Cheers

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  19. Paneer Pasanda lookd delicious and nice clicks..

    RecipeRaaga

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  20. This looks so delicious!I would love to take a bite out of it right now!

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