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Dum Paneer Kali Mirch

Snigdha's picture
This is an exotic Paneer Dish I prepared for a weekend get together. I got this recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor's 'Khana Khazana' Cookbook. This dish is perfect to achieve the subtle flavors of Dum/Steam cooking. Though the Chef suggests cooking this dish in a small earthern pot, I tried making it in the oven in a baking dish sealed with aluminum foil and it turned out really good.
Ingredients
  Cottage cheese 500 Gram
  Onions 2 Medium, julienned
  Ginger 2 Inch
  Garlic pods 6
  Green chillies 3
  Coriander/ cilantro 8 (7-8 sprigs)
  Mint 8 Gram (34- sprigs)
  Yogurt 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Bay leaves 2
  Cloves 4
  Cinnamon sticks 2 Medium
  Green cardamoms 3
  Coriander powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon (dhaniya powder)
  Cumin powder 3 Pinch
  Garam masala powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Fresh cream 2 Tablespoon
  Peppercorns 1 Tablespoon, crushed
  Salt To Taste
Directions

Cut the cottage cheese into cubes and fry them in 1 tbs oil until lightly browned. Keep aside.

Fry the onions until brown and grind into a fine paste along with ginger, garlic and green chillies.

Heat 2 tbs oil in a skillet, Add bay leaves, cloves, cardamoms and cinnamon sticks. Add the ground paste. Mix well. Add whisked yogurt, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Add fresh cream and salt to taste. Add a cup of water and bring the gravy to a boil.

Transfer the gravy to a baking dish. Add fried paneer cubes and the chopped cilantro and mint, Cover with aluminum foil tightly and bake in the oven at 350 F for 10-15 minutes.

Sprinkle ground peppercorns on top.

Serve Hot with Fried Rice/ Rotis.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Indian
Course: 
Main Dish
Dish: 
Curry
Occasion: 
Diwali, Holi, Wedding
Interest: 
Holiday
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Paneer
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
Servings: 
5
Subtitle: 
Cottage cheese cooked in a full-bodied gravy and garnished with freshly ground pepper

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6 Comments

AnjaliD's picture
Great recipe. Wonder if I can substitute cottage cheese with tofu. what do you think?
Snigdha's picture
Thanks. Am not sure how tofu would taste in this gravy. May be you can try and let me know too!
blessy.matty's picture
Thanx a lot Snigdha for this wonderful recipe. I tried it and it was very yummy!!!
Snigdha's picture
Thanks the feedback blessy.matty. Am glad you liked it.
Anonymous's picture
gr8 recipe REALLY TASTY ME N MY FAMILY ENJOYED A LOT THANXXXXXX VERY MUCH.
Snigdha's picture
Your most welcome!