Creamy Paneer Curry (2nd recipe) – A delicious paneer curry, goes well with Naan, Rotis , Phulkas , Puris, Pulao …
Serves: 2 - 3
Or avoid microwave method and use 2 tablespoon tomato puree.
Poke 2 tomatoes ( if you don’t poke the tomatoes; they may explode inside the microwave oven ), microwave high for 4 minutes with ¼ cup / 50 ml water; so that the skin of the tomatoes can be peeled off easily. Keep aside to cool for 15 minutes. Remove the skin. Once the skin is off, blend it nicely (along with water - it may be 2 or 3 tablespoon) with onion spice mix in a small mixer bowl.
200 g paneer, cut into cubes or any desired shape
½ teaspoon salt (or to taste or ½ teaspoon + 2 pinches)
100 ml / ½ cup / 4 oz water
3 tablespoon thick coconut milk or 1 tablespoon fresh cream
2 teaspoon coriander leaves
For onion paste:
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
½ - inch ginger, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
Dilute red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder in 2 tablespoon water (spice mix).
Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onion and fry until golden color. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Fry until light golden color.
Add diluted spice and stir well on a low heat for 1 – 2 minutes until the raw smell disappears and water dries up. Switch off the gas and keep aside to cool for 10 – 12 minutes. Transfer above ingredients into a small mixer bowl and make a smooth paste with microwaved tomato pulp or 2 tablespoon tomato puree.
Now boil this onion – tomato paste with 100 ml / ½ cup water, paneer cubes and salt to taste. Cover with a lid and cook on a medium to low heat for 5 - 7 minutes.
Check the texture of paneer. If it’s sponge in texture, then switch off the heat. Finally add 3 tablespoon thick coconut milk or 1 tablespoon fresh cream. Do not boil again. Mix it gently with a steel ladle until coconut milk or fresh cream well combined with all the ingredients.
Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot (Tip - If the paneer is hard after 1 or 2 hours (or when serving), just microwave this curry for 1 minute on high powder (750 W). Paneer will be more soft. Consume immediately)