Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Paneer Stir Fry

(From Banu's Cookbook)

12 Oz of Paneer - Cut into Pieces.
1 Red Bell Pepper - Cut into Medium sized pieces
1/2 Red Onion - Cut into Medium Sized Pieces
1/2 Poblano Chili Pepper - Cut into medium sized pieces
1/2 inch Piece of Ginger Chopped Fine
1 Tsp - Amchur (Dried Mango) Powder
1-2 Tsp - Cumin Powder
Salt to taste
1/4 cup of Chopped Cilantro Cilantro for Garnishing

For Seasoning:
2 tsp - Cumin Seeds
2-3 - Red Chillies
A few Curry leaves (Optional)
Oil For Sauteing

1. Heat the oil in a nonstick pan and once it is hot, add the cumin seeds, curry leaves and the Red chillies and saute for a little while. Add the Chopped Ginger and saute a bit more.
2,. Add the chopped Onion, Bell pepper and Poblano peppers and saute until they are slightly soft.
3. Add the paneer cubes and saute for 2-3 minutes more.
4. Add Amchur , Cumin Powder and Salt and mix well.
5. Take it out of fire and garnish with Cilantro. ( In my photo below, there is no cilantro because in a hurry, I forgot to add that, but that definitely adds to the taste).

1. You can add Yellow and Green Bell Peppers as well, they add to the taste.
2. I personally like to add the Poblano pepper as it adds some zing to the taste, but if you do not like it, you can leave it out or substitute it with Green Bell pepper.
3. If you want more Veggies in this Stir Fry, you can add Green Zucchini and Yellow Squash, they taste good.
4. If you like the Stir Fry more spicy, you can add some additional red chilli powder (I like the Chipotle Red Pepper powder).
5. I used the Homestyle Low Fat Paneer from the Indian store, but you can make Paneer at home as well.