Indian

Shahi Paneer Makana Curry


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Paneer or cottage cheese is a great Indian form of cheese, healthy and hugely like by every one but Makane (lotus seeds) are on the other side not so very often used although have numerous health benefits. They are used more during religious ceremonies.

This is a traditional north Indian dish, rich in taste and can be included in a normal day or party menu. Its made with paneer & makhane in rich tomato gravy.

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time                Total Time                    Yields

20 mins                    20 mins                     40 mins                     2-3 Serving

Ingredients:

Cottage cheese (paneer) – 250 grams (cut into small pieces)

Lotus seeds (makhane) – 2 cups – roasted in ghee

Onion – 3 large

Ginger – 1 inch long piece

Garlic – 3-4 cloves

Tomato – 4 large

Green chili – 1

Dried mint – ½ teaspoon

Fresh green coriander – ¼ cup

Ghee (clarified butter) –

Milk – 2 cups

Fresh cream – ½ cup

Salt per paste –

Cumin seeds – ¼ teaspoon

Red chili powder – ½ teaspoon

Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon

Coriander powder – ½ teaspoon

Garam masala – ½ teaspoon

Poppy seeds (khus khus) – 1 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 1 cup (sliced or chopped)

Almond – 8-10 (thinly slices or flakes)

Pistachio – 8-10 (thinly sliced)

Ingredients:

  • Heat clarified butter in a pan and fry makhane.
  • Soak poppy seeds a bowl of water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Blend tomato, onion, ginger & garlic together in a blender and make a paste.
  • Heat ghee in a large pan, add cumin seeds first & then blended onion tomato mix and fry for 5-6 minutes. Now add poppy seeds & dried mint & fry for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Now add paneer small cubes, toasted lotus seeds, salt, turmeric, red chili, and coriander & garam masala powders. Take off heat & keep aside for half hour for the spices to blend with the cottage cheese & lotus seeds.
  • Now put the pan again on heat, add milk & cream and let it come to a boiling point, then add water, let it simmer now at low heat for 8-10 minutes so that the lotus seeds (makhane) to become soft & cottage cheese (paneer) to get a distinct colour.
  • Now add the cashew nuts, let simmer for another 2 minutes and then add garam masala in the end for the aroma and flavor to be great.

Note: Garnish with fresh green coriander and this yummy curry dish can be served with roti, chapatti, naan or even rice. Yum!

Happy Cooking!!

Picture courtesy: http://www.tadkaqueen.com (great pic)

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