Welcome to the adventures of a Culinary explorer...

Welcome to the adventures of a Culinary explorer...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Shahi Paneer Bliss

For my dad's birthday dinner, we made Shahi Paneer-- Indian cottage cheese in a creamy curry. Mom taught me how to make this dish. WARNING: Like many great tasting things, this is a FATTY dish, and very worth it. Enjoy!

-Take two large white onions, peel and boil them in water until they are tender and soft.
-Put them in a blender and mash to make onion paste.
-Warm the pan and melt have a stick of butter. When melted, add the onion paste.
-Stir to avoid burning the onion-butter paste until the paste is brown. Approx. 15 minutes.
-Add one teaspoon of paprika.
-Now for the tomato paste. You can either be lazy and use tomato puree, or take four tomatoes, boil them, and mash, just like the onions. Add the paste/puree. Approx. 6-7 tablespoons.
-Keep stirring. Now add salt to taste, and Shahi Paneer Masala (available at any Indian store). Stir.
-Cut the block of Paneer (also available at any Indian store) into cubes, and add to the sizzling curry.
-Mix carefully trying not to break the cubes. Add a cup of water to the pan and let it simmer.
-When the paneer cubes are well covered with the curry, add about two tablespoons of creme to make a silky curry. Turn off stove before adding creme.
-Garnish with fresh cilantro and devour!

Here's what the dish looked like:

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