Thursday, August 11, 2011

A cheat's version of matar paneer .... cheating to save time..



Not only to save time , but to make the dish low on fats too.I used butter and ghee to make this matar paneer and if that can be done in the lowest possible amount and the results are nice and aromatic , you would prefer this cheat's version whenever you want to cook matar paneer.

Before sharing the recipe i have to share an exciting thing with you all. I am counting down the last few days before my biking expedition.A group of 100 women is biking through the most grueling passes in the Himalayas to reach the highest motorable road to Khardung La. I am a part of this wonderful group and will be cycling with them , starting from Kullu , going up to Khardung La and then back to Leh. It is a 600km ride to be covered in 17 days. I just can't wait to be at the base camp at Kullu to start this ride of my life time.
Now you must understand the reason for a quick curry to be posted quickly too.

The usual fare of Banaras ka khana will be back after a break of about 3 weeks . This matar paneer was made in huge quantity and was frozen to last a few days in my absence . You understand that :-)


ingredients...
( 4-6 servings)
paneer 400 gm
green peas 250 gm ( i used frozen)
red ripe tomatoes 500 gm
onion 200 gm
garlic pods 4-5 nos.
ginger 1 inch piece chopped roughly
red chilly powder 2 tsp
cinnamon 2 pieces on an inch each
bay leaves 2-3 nos.
black cardamom 1 large
everyday curry powder 1 tbsp
turmeric powder 2 tsp
salt to taste
butter 2 tsp
ghee 2 tsp
freshly milled black pepper as per taste
fresh cream or malai to finish



procedure...
In a pressure cooker boil the roughly chopped tomatoes , onions , garlic pods , roughly chopped ginger , red chilly powder, cinnamon and thrashed black cardamom. Boil these ingredients just till the whistle blows and then let the cooker cool down and release the pressure.

I do this step in microwave and cook all the ingredients covered for 8-10 minutes and proceed after cooling them a bit so they are safe to handle. They are going to be pureed.

Remove the bay leaves ,whole cinnamon and black cardamom and bland everything fine , like a soup . The skin of tomatoes can be removed before blending.

Mean while cook the peas in microwave too for 3 minutes. If not doing this add the peas in the pan after powdered spices and cook them with a sprinkling of water before adding the puree.

Now heat the ghee and butter in a pan and tip in the powders of  turmeric and everyday curry powder . Just let it get roasted and get aromatic , taking utmost care not to burn the powders. It will be wise to remove the pan from heat after heating the ghee n butter and then add the powders.

Pour in the pureed mixture ,tip in the paneer cubes, the cooked peas and give it a good boil.
Add a tbsp of fresh cream or malai to finish .


It actually took more time to write the recipe than cooking it. The pictures are night time snapshots and i could not take any pictures of the leftovers too as the extra curry was promptly frozen.

This is one curry which you would love to cook for it's easy foolproof procedure and the ease of making a creamy looking curry without much cream and butter.

Which one would you like ...a rich matar paneer or the cheat's version?