I came across this paneer recipe long time ago and immediately put it on my list of must-try recipes. There is a fair number of ingredients that go into the dish, some of which I didn’t have. This past summer, my friend Phil and I were invited to our friend Razia’s wedding, and we decided it was too difficult to find a suitable outfit to wear to the mosque (that might be an excuse, but honestly, what girl doesn’t like to play dress up?), so Razia kindly took us to sari shopping in Queens. Knowing that I’m into cooking, Razia took me to some markets where I could stock up on the necessary spices for Indian food. I’ve been looking everywhere for ground fenugreek and finally found the last ingredient I needed to make this dish!
If you’ve never had paneer before, it is a slightly chewy cheese made from curdled milk. Paneer doesn’t melt when heated, so it can be used for frying and grilling. They can be found in the fresh dairy section of Indian supermarkets and a lot of times they’re available in the frozen section also. I’ve never used or tasted frozen paneer, but I suspect that it can be used in this recipe after thawing it thoroughly and blotting it dry with paper towel before frying.
To serve, be sure to whip up some parathas, naan, or steamed rice. Don’t have time to cook the sides? You should give these rices and sides a try! I was excited when Tasty Bite offered me an opportunity to try their products, not only because it has the same name as my blog (pretty cool too!), but also because their line of Indian entrees are so enticing. They are convenient, suitable for people with different dietary needs (such as vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, and gluten-free), and are definitely not lacking in taste and variety . I keep a few packets of entrees and noodles in the office for days when I’m busy at work and don’t have the time to pick up lunch. They are easily reheatable in the microwave and make for a delicious, filling meal. My favorite is the Kung Pao Noodles from their new Asian Noodles line, but I also enjoy Channa Masala and Vegetable Korma when I’m craving for Indian foods and don’t want to turn my spice drawer upside down.
The people at Tasty Bite generously sent me two big packages of their products, so I want to share some of them with you! More details about the giveaway below…
2 tbsps ghee or unsalted butter, divided
14 oz paneer, halved lengthwise
1 large onion, finely diced
1 ½ tbsps ginger-garlic paste
2 small green chilies, finely chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground fenugreek
½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
2 tbsps ground cashew nuts
3 ripe plum tomatoes, pureed
2 cups peas, fresh or frozen
3 tbsps heavy cream
1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
Salt, to taste
In a non-stick pan, melt one tablespoon of ghee and toast paneer slices on both sides until golden brown, about 4 minutes total. Cut them into one-inch cubes and set aside.
In a large skillet or dutch oven, melt the remaining tablespoon of ghee and saute onions until golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste, chilies, coriander, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, fenugreek, chili powder, paprika, and cashew nuts to the skillet, and cook until fragrant, about one minute. Stir in tomato puree and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, add paneer cubes and peas, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream and cilantro. Season with salt to taste. Garnish with additional cilantro and serve hot with parathas, naan, or rice.
Now, onto the giveaway…I’ll be sending one reader a package containing seven (7) Tasty Bite meals: Channa Masala, Madras Lentils, Ginger Lentil Rice, Toasted Sesame Noodles, Kung Pao Noodles, Lemongrass Ginger Noodles, and Pad Thai Noodles.
**Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Anna and thanks to all who entered! Anna, I’ll email you for your shipping information.**
To enter, leave a comment below and let me know which Tasty Bite product you would like to try, or if you’ve had Tasty Bite products before, which one is your favorite. You can also tweet about this giveaway for an extra entry: Enter to win @TastyBite products from @the_tasty_bite #giveaway http://wp.me/p36W3B-Wf The giveaway ends on November 1 at 11:59 pm EST, so be sure to enter before then! *Giveaway is open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted directly via the email provided in the comment section (email is not displayed to public when you comment).