Mar 1, 2015

425: Paneer Pasanda


Vegetarian cooking look and tastes a lot more delicious, as the soft color of paneer heightens the colors of the other ingredients.  Paneer not only look good, but tastes delicious also. Paneer Pasanda is a rich paneer delicacy.  Normally Paneer sandwiches filled with mashed paneer filling and  paneer sandwiches are deep fried and served in rich curry. But I slightly modified the recipe like, Paneer cubes are deep fried in oil and cooked in rich gravy masala. I omitted the sandwich part and made the recipe as simple.

Ingredients

Homemade OR Store Bought Paneer             400 gms
Green Capsicum                                          1 No
Salt                                                            To Taste
Pureed Big Tomatoes                                   2 No.
Ginger Paste                                               1 Tsp.
Green Chilies finely chopped                        2 no.
Ghee                                                         1 Tbsp.
Cooking Oil                                                 for Deep Frying 
Masala Powder
Red Chili Powder                                        1 Tsp.
Garam Masala Powder                                1 Tsp.
Coriander powder                                       ½ Tsp.
Fresh Cream                                               2 Tbsp.
For Paste
Cashew nuts                                               2 Tbsp.
Poppy Seed (Khus Khus)                             1 Tbsp.
Green Cardamon                                        2 no.
For Seasoning:
Cinnamon Stick                                        ½ no.
Bay Leaves                                               1 no.
Raisins                                                      1 Tbsp.

Method:


  • Cut the Paneer into cubes, deep fry in oil till golden brown and drain and put into the cold water.


  • Soak cashew nuts, poppy seeds and cardamom in half a cup of warm water for 20 minutes. When cashew nuts are soft, make a fine paste in the blender. Keep aside.
  • Heat the ghee, add all seasonings. Now add the ginger paste, capsicum and green chilies. Fry it for 3 minutes in medium flame.
  • Now add the paste and all masala powders and fry for a minute.
  • Now add the tomato puree and cook till the oil separates and gravy become thick
  • Now add sugar, Fresh cream and salt and mix it well.
  • Now add 1 cup of water and salt. Boil the curry for 5 minutes.
  • Now add fried paneer and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Paneer Pasanda is ready. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Delicious paneer Pasanda is ready to serve. Serve with Chapatti, Pulka and Nan.



  • Note
Method of preparation to make the sandwiches
  •  Keep about 50 gms paneer aside. This is for the filling.
  •  Cut paneer into one and a half inch squares. The paneer pieces should not be more than a quarter inch thick.
  •  Now cut each square into two triangles 
  •  finely chop the green chilies.
  •  Now in the mashed paneer add salt, green chilies, chopped coriander leaves, raisins, finely chopped cashew nuts, and chaat masala. Mix them well.
  • paneer squares cut into 2 triangles filling for paneer pasanda
  • Now keep about 2 tsp filling evenly on one of the paneer triangles and cover with the other paneer triangle. Press gently . Repeat with all the paneer pieces.
  •  Take all purpose flour, salt, and chopped coriander leaves in a bowl. Add a little water at a time to make semi liquid batter.
  •  Heat oil in a wok on medium heat; dip the paneer sandwiches in the flour paste and deep fry on medium heat until paneer is reddish brown. Drain and keep into kitchen paper.
  • Now paneer sandwiches ready for Pasanda


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