Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Paneer Kofta Curry

I have this strange theory that all Koftas are made of left over food. Left over food with mashed potatoes, made into round round balls, that's the Indian Kofta for you:) Well, contradicting my theory, I have my special paneer kofta curry recipe to share and yes! - It is without any potatoes. Paneer has a natural binding element to it and requires no additions like bread or potatoes to hold it. Here is Paneer Kofta Curry the way I make it :) -

250gms Paneer
1/2 tsp of Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp of Jeera Powder
1/2 tsp of Coriander Powder
1 tsp of Sugar
1 tsp of Salt
10 pieces of Cashewnuts and Raisins

For curry:
1 Onion - sliced thin
1 tsp Shahi Jeera
1/2 tsp of Turmeric or Haldi
1 tomato - finely chopped
1/2 cup green peas
1 tsp of Salt
1/2 tsp of Chilli Powder
1 tsp of Sugar
2 cups of Water

Mash the Paneer (Cottage Cheese) and add listed ingredients. Hand mashing is important as it helps in retaining the water content unlike when you crush the Paneer in a  Grinder/Mixer. Create flat balls of it with a 1 inch diameter. Now, heat oil in a non-stick frying pan and shallow fry the paneer balls ensuring them do not break. Keep the fried balls aside.

Now take another pan and heat Oil. Add the Jeera, Onion and fry for 3-5mins till the Onion changes to brown. Add Salt, Sugar, Chilli Powder and Turmeric . Add the tomatoes and stir fry the masala. Add the green peas. Stir for another 2-3mins. Add water and bring the curry to a boil. Add the paneer balls and let it simmer for another 4-5mins. Take it off the heat and serve with Roti or Rice.

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