For a change i am sharing I am sharing a vegetarian recipe that too Indian “Kerala Style Paneer”. Vikash (my hubby) is hardcore non vegetarian and he hardly eats veg on weekends.Its a herculean task to convince him to eat veg but this time I surprised him with this mouth-watering Kerala Style Paneer and he absolutely loved it. This recipe is fusion of north and south India, I have tried to include the taste from both the worlds.
I am also not a huge fan of Paneer and I like eating very few dishes made of paneer like palak paneer, paneer bhurji, shahi paneer.I have got my own version of all this recipes and not to worry as I will be sharing all these recipes. Talking about shahi paneer reminds me of a funny story from my college days.Me and Vikash were classmates in MBA and it was just the beginning of our interaction, I told him that I am from Lucknow.Guess what he comes to me the very next day and says “I know what is your favorite dish” and I am like we have hardly spoken and he already knows my favorite dish.. After a pause ..he said, “I know it is Shahi Paneer” and I am like what ?? it is not and who told you this.. Now this is his reply,” You are from Lucknow and you always talk like you are from a royal background ( I use local dialect which sounds royal to some people) and Shahi Paneer is royal coz Shahi means royal 😛
OMG I just stared at him with anger!!
Coming back to the recipe of this Kerala Style Paneer, I have added yellow and red bell pepper into this Kerala Style Paneer.I really liked the crunchiness of lighted cooked peppers carrying the flavor of various spices.Also I have added two Kashmiri whole mirch but do not scared of it as it is not very spicy and just adds colour and aroma to the dish.
I served this dish with Cumin rice which is basically rice cooked with some ghee, fried cumin seeds and salt.I loved this duo but you can also eat with some naan. By the way my naan recipe needs no oven and no yeast and its really yum. Do try it out.
I am happy that I cooked Indian after really long and I must admit that there is nothing like our own Indian Food.I will be coming up with more Indian recipes till them keep watching this space for the upcoming action.
10 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 100 Grams Paneer (Cottage Cheese)
- 1/2 Red Pepper
- 1/2 Yellow Pepper
- 20 Curry Leaves
- 2 Chopped Onion
- 2 chopped Tomato
- 2 chopped Green Chilies
- 1 Tablespoon Ginger-Garlic paste
- 1/4 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
- 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper Powder
- 2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
- 2 Black Cardamons,Whole
- 2 Kashmiri Red Chili, Whole
- 4 cloves, Whole
- 2 Tablespoon Oil
- Heat oil in a pan, crackle the cloves and cardamons and fry until its fragrant. Add in the mustard seeds and let them crackle, add onions, green chillies and curry leaves,ginger-garlic paste saute and fry till its tender.
- Then add the paneer pieces and fry on a high flame and brown them.
- Add chopped bell pepper and saute it for few minutes.
- Now lower the flame and add salt,Kashmiri red chilli, pepper powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and saute and fry until the oil separates.
- Add the tomatoes and cook it in a low flame for 4-5 mins stirring from time to time.
- Now add 3/4 cup of water and cook for another 5-7 mins. The gravy should be thick.
- Serve it hot with some garlic naan or zeera rice.