Almond Paneer

Paneer is nothing but Indian Cottage Cheese and a very versatile ingredient.  It can be added to vegetables, curries, desserts and even non vegetarian dishes.  I like make Paneer at home because it is so easy to make and I feel a sense of achievement whenever I make it.  Besides, my family loves it and we can eat it any time we want to instead of going in seach of it at various stores.  To cut a long story short, I had a surplus of Paneer in the house and decided to pair it with some Almonds that I wanted to use up.  The result was a lip smacking dish that left me very satisfied as I watched my guests scoop up every bit of the delicious gravy.

The Recipe:

250 gms home made Paneer , cubed (or you can buy it from a store) ; 100 gms peas; 1 inch cinnamon; 2 cloves; 2 cardamoms; 1 tbsp oil; 1 cup water

For the Gravy: 1 large onion, cubed; 1 tomato, cubed; 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste; 1/2 tsp garam masala; 1/4 tsp turmeric powder; 2 tbsp almond meal; 1 tsp coriander powder; 1/2 tsp jeera ( cumin seed) powder; salt to taste;  2 green chillies;  a few coriander leaves and mint leaves: 1/2 tsp chilli powder; 5 pepper corns; salt to taste.

Grind these ingredients to a smooth paste adding 1/8 cup water.

Heat a large non stick pan and add the oil to it.  Lower the heat to medium and saute the spices for a minute until fragrant.  Then stir in the gravy paste and stir fry for a few minutes until thick and the oil begins to ooze out of the mixture.   Add the cubed paneer, the peas and 1 cup water.  Cover and cook on simmer for 5 until creamy and the peas are cooked.  Adjust the seasoning. Garnish with coriander leaves and a few more almonds.  Serve hot with rice or any Indian Bread.

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