Thursday, January 17, 2008

Paneer Dilbahar

Paneer Dilbahar is a Paneer (Soft cheese) dish and it is vegetarian.

Difficulty level- easy

Total time- 20 minutes

Ingredients: -

Paneer- 500 grams

Cashew nut paste- 200 grams

Ginger paste- 75 grams

Garlic paste- 75 grams

Sá marich (White pepper) powder- 2 tsp

Sá jeera (White cumin) - 1 tsp

Cardamom powder- 1 tsp

Jaitri/ Javitri (Mace) Powder - ½ tsp

Tomato (cut into small pieces) - 1

Capsicum (cut into small pieces) - 1

Onion (cut into small pieces) – 1

Doi/ Dahi (Curd) – 100 grams

Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove- 3 each

Green chilli- 4 pieces

Sunflower oil/ Soya bean oil (White oil) - 200 ml

Fresh cream – 100 ml

The process: -

Cut the Paneer into small square pieces. Heat 90 ml of oil in a frying pan. Deep fry Paneer pieces until they are light brown. Keep it aside.

Boil ¾ part the the onion and make a paste from it. Heat the 100 ml oil again and add the cinnamon, cardamom and clove. Fry for 1 minute. Then add onion paste, ginger and garlic paste. Fry for 3 minutes. Sá marich (White pepper) powder, Cardamom powder, Jaitri/ Javitri (Mace) Powder and green chillies are to be added thereafter. Stir fry for 5 minutes.

Then add doi/ dahi (curd). It has to be added evenly. Cover the pan for 10 minutes. Then add the cashew paste.

Heat 10 ml oil in a separate pan. Add Sá jeera (White cumin) and sir for 1 minute. Fry the tomato and capsicum pieces. Transfer the previous content from the 1st frying pan into it. Add the fried paneer pieces. Sauté for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the flame.

The garnishing: -

Garnish with the fresh cream and serve hot.

Tips: -

Best goes with hot parantha, kulchha and naan.

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