Monday, 11 February 2013

Creamy Capsicum paneer masala

 I always love to experiment with foods such as panner, chicken or any kind of veggies. This time decided to make this creamy paneer capsicum masala. It make me happy to cook when I bring together all the ingredients without having to follow any rules. Because I like to put  the veggies thats why I added green peas & carrots. It depends on u to add or skip the veggies according to your taste. I know this recipe is rich in calories. But sometimes we have to listen to our taste buds ..:P & enjoy the food what we want to eat. Very tasty & perfect side dish with rice/ chapatti.


Paneer- 200 gm Cut in cubes
Bellpepper – red/ yellow/ green (I put red & green)- 1 cup cut in cubes
Green peas- ¼ cup (optional)
Carrot- thickly sliced – ½ cup (optional)
Onion- 1 medium size- cut in big pieces
2 medium size tomato
2tblsp cashews (soaked in water for 30 min)
1tblsp freshly grated coconut
2 garlic cloves
Ginger garlic paste- 1tblsp
Salt to taste
Butter- 2 tblsp (u can use oil instead of butter)
Black pepper pwd- 1tsp
Red chilly powder- 2tsp
Cardamom pwd- ½ tsp
1 tsp dried kasturi methi/ fenugreek leaves powder
Garam masala pwd- 1tsp
1tsp tomato ketchup 
1 cup milk

Heat 1 tsp butter in a pan. Add panner cubes . stir fry till they turns to light brown color. Keep aside.
In the same pan heat a 1tsp butter & stir fry all the veggies till they turn to light brown colour & 50 % cooked.
In the mean while heat a heavy bottom sauce pan. Add 1 cups of water. To that add the onion & whole tomatoes. Let it boil for 2-3 min. switch off the flame.  let it cool.
 Drain all the water & remove the skin of tomatoes.
Put tomatoes & onion in a blender. To that add soaked cashews, coconut & garlic cloves. Blend all & make a fine paste.
Heat oil/ butter in a pan. Add cardamom pwd & dried kasturi methi pwd. ( I like the aroma when we put the dried kasturi methi in hot oil/ butter).  Add ginger garlic paste & stir for a min or two till done & then add the blended paste. Add red chilli pwd, black pepper powder & stir well. Cook till masala is done. Then add all the veggies , tomato ketchup & salt. Mix well.
 Add 1 cup of milk to that & let it cook for 3-4 mins. Add the paneer cubes. Add garam masala powder. Mix well. Now switch of f the flame. 
Add coriander/ mint leaves for garnishing..Njoy with hot rice /daal or with chapati/ roti..

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