Friday, December 30, 2011

Paneer Handi

Paneer Handi is yet another delicious preparation of Paneer. Basically handi is deep narrow-mouthed cooking pot . This curry is prepared in handi, hence the name "Paneer Handi". Again this is a North Indian delicacy, any curry related to Paneer is from North Indian cuisine. Paneer is also quite popular with kids as most of the recipes are on sweeter side. Each and every Paneer curry has it's own unique taste. For Paneer Handi, Paneer cubes are marinated in yogurt and spices and then added to gravy. So no cream in this recipe hence it is little bit lighter than other Paneer curries like Paneer Makhani, Paneer Butter Masala or Shahi Paneer.

1 1/2 Cup cubed Paneer(Recipe for homemade Paneer)
3 Tbs Yogurt, beaten
1/4 tsp chili powder
Pinch of turmeric
Salt as per taste
2 tbs Chopped Cilantro
2-3 green chilies sliced lengthwise
1 tsp+ 1/2 tsp garam masala
2 medium onions cut into quarters
3 medium tomatoes cut into quarters
1 inch ginger sliced
1/2 tsp Kasoori methi
1 tbs + 1 tsp Canola Oil

Make a marinade of yogurt, chili powder, turmeric, 1/2 tsp of garam masala. Add Paneer pieces and green chilies. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour.

Meanwhile heat a tsp of oil in a pan and saute onions on medium high flame until slightly brown. Remove onions from pan and saute tomatoes for 3-4 minutes. Now grind sauteed onions along with ginger in a mixer. Also puree tomatoes. Heat remaining oil in the same pan again and saute onion puree until nice golden brown color, add tomato puree and garam masala. Cook this mixture half covered until oil starts to separate. Add 1/4 cup water, salt, sugar and mix. Add marinated Paneer along with all the marinade. Cook uncovered until Paneer is nice and soft and all the flavors are nicely blended together. Crush kasoori methi and sprinkle all over the curry and mix. Paneer Handi is ready to be served!!

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