Paneer / cottage cheese recipes is a quintessential part of Indian cuisine. The texture of this cheese is such that it blends well with any kind of gravy – spicy or sweet! Shahi paneer, paneer butter masala, paneer tikka masala, paneer bhurji, paneer paratha, malai kofta, palak paneer, paneer biryani and the list can go on 🙂
Today’s recipe – Paneer Do Pyaza is also a paneer variant dish that can be found in most Indian restaurant menus. The gravy for this dish is made of tomato and green pepper. Yes, capsicum or green pepper!The flavour of sautéed bell pepper adds a distinctive touch to the dish and blends very well with soft cheese. You should give this recipe a try!
Read further to know more 🙂
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
- Onions – 1
- Garlic – 1 clove
- Ginger – 1/2 inch
- Green Chillies – 2 to 3
- Cumin Seeds – 1 Tsp
- Oil – 1 Tbsp
For the Gravy:
- Tomatoes – 2
- Green Pepper – 1
- Cashews – 8 to 10
- Red Chilli powder – 1 Tsp
- Garam Masala – 1 Tsp
- Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
- Cumin Powder – 1/2 Tsp
- Milk – 1/2 cup
- salt – 1/2 tsp
- Oil – 1 tbsp
In a deep bottomed skillet, heat 1 tbsp of oil. Add the cubed green peppers and sauté for 5 minutes.
Next, add the chopped tomatoes and mix well.
Add salt. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. The veggies should start leaving out water.
Now, add the spice powders – red chilli powder, garam masala, cumin powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Turn off heat, add the cashews. Mix well and allow it cool.
Once cooled, transfer to a blender or mixer, add milk and blend it into a fine paste like consistency. You can add water if needed. Keep it aside.
Meanwhile, heat oil in the skillet, add cumin seeds and sauté till you get the roasted cumin aroma.
Next, add the chopped onions, garlic, ginger and green chillies. Sauté till onions are translucent.
Once onions are fried well, add the ground tomato-bell pepper paste and salt. Mix well.
Keep it on heat till the gravy boils well.
Now add paneer cubes. Mix well but gently. Cover and cook for not more than 5 minutes.
Lastly, crush some kasuri methi between your palms and add to the gravy.
Paneer Do Pyaza is ready to be savored with some hot rotis or phulkas.