Paneer 65

Yoghurt and spice marinated paneer cubes stir fried with spices.

Preparation time:30 minutes
Cooking time25: minutes
Serves: 4
Ingredients:
for marination:
300 grams paneer
½ cup yoghurt
4 tablespoon rice flour
1 tablespoon besan
2 tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon green chili paste
1tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 ½ tsp kashmiri red chili powder
½ tsp garam masala powder
1tsp lime juice
½ tsp orange red food colour
2 cups oil for frying
salt to taste
For the tempering:
3 tablespoon sliced onions
½ teaspoon chopped ginger
½ teaspoon chopped garlic
10 curry leaves
4 whole dry red chilies
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
¼ teaspoon sugar
1tbsp oil
1tbsp melon seeds
2tbsp coriander leaves to garnish
Method:
Cut the Paneer into 1 inch cubes.
Cu the onion into slices.
the marination:
Mix together the rice flour, besan and corn starch in a mixing bowl.
Add green chili paste, ginger garlic paste, sugar, red chili powder, lime juice and salt as required.
Add a few drops of the food colour, yoghurt and whisk to make a smooth paste. Add a little water if required to obtain a smooth paste.
Add the paneer cubes.
Gently mix the paneer cubes with the batter. Cover and allow to marinate for about 30 minutes.
Heat the oil in a deep pan.
Coat the paneer cubes with the batter and add them to the hot oil.
Fry the paneer in batches till the outsides become crisp and golden.
Drain the fried paneer cubes on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan.
Add in the mustard seeds and allow to crackle.
Add the chopped ginger, chopped garlic, broken red chilies and the curry leaves. Stir well.
Add the sliced onions. Saute the onions over medium heat till they are translucent.
Add salt , sone more red chili powder, garam masala powder and any left over marinade and the fried paneer cubes.
Mix and toss the paneer cubes till it is well coated with the cooked marinade and spices.
Garnish with melon seeds, chopped coriander leaves and serve.
 

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