Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Paneer in Tomato Gravy

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It feels somewhat magical to me - last year this time Aamod was a 5 month old who was trying his best to roll over and begin to crawl. A year later he is a running toddler, his innocent baby smiles being taken over by naughty grins. His hugs, his smiles and his laughter - arent they too adorable at this stage ? .
In between the tantrums and giggles I found myself making this recipe for a leisurely sunday lunch. I have made this earlier and it was appreciated very much by him. So i made it again , enough for us to last through sunday and in the lunchboxes on monday. 

Here's how I made it : -

Paneer in Tomato Gravy (Inspired by this recipe on Sunita's World)

What's needed (serves 4 adult portions):
4-6 tomatoes
 1 small onion chopped ( blended with 2 clove of garlic and 1" piece of ginger)
1C paneer cubes
 whole spices - 1 stick cinnamon.2 bay leaves, 3 cardamom pods,2 cloves
1  bay leaf for tadka
salt to taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 whole red chilli
2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp garam masala
oil as required
cilantro to garnish
2-3 C water

  • Boil water and throw in tomatoes along with the whole spices. Let the tomatoes boil until tender. After a while the whole mixture will release a wonderful aroma from the cinnamon,cardamom etc
  • When tomatoes are tender, allow to cool and blend the entire mixture along with the whole spices.
  • In a pan , heat some oil. To it add cumin seeds.When they splutter add the 3rd bay leaf and whole red chilli.
  • Add the onion+ginger-garlic paste. Saute till onion loses its raw smell and the mixture dries up. Add the chilli powder,turmeric.
  • Now add the tomato mixture. Watch for spluttering here though. Mix well. and allow mixture to simmer for a while.
  •  Add garam masala and the paneer . Taste and adjust seasoning.Garnish with cilantro and serve.
The infusion of tomatoes with the whole spices flavours the gravy from within.. I also added some red peppers along with the onions. That's not in the recipe though. Makes for a great weekend meal !

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