Friday, February 17, 2012

Achari Paneer

Most vegetarians in India, and definitely all Punjabis love their paneer. This cottage cheese made from buffalo's milk is a staple at every meal hosted. Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or even cocktail snacks!!The blandness of the 'paneer' lends itself beautifully to a host of culinary variations. And one extremely popular Punjabi version is the ACHARI PANEER.
To make this tangy, spicy dish you will need:
Ing: 1 cup paneer, cubed
       1 tsp fennel seeds
      1/4 tsp mustard seeds
      5-6 fenugreek seeds
      1 tsp nigella seeds
      1/2 cumin seeds
      1/4 tsp asafoetida
      1 onion, sliced
      1/2 tsp turmeric pd
      1/2 tsp chilli pd
      1/2 tsp black salt
      3/4 cup fresh yogurt, whipped smooth
      1 tsp chopped mint leaves
      1 tbsp oil
      salt to taste

Method: Heat oil in a pan and sprinkle the asafoetida. Then add all the seeds and let them sizzle. Mix in the chopped onion and saute till transparent. Add the turmeric, chilli pd, black salt and paneer. Mix well and saute for a minute. Add the curds and a sprinkling of whole wheat flour. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Serve hot with rice, rotis, naan or mint paranthas.

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