Monday, May 9, 2011

Paneer Curry with Hunt's Tomato Sauce

Living in a hotel has its plus and minus points. On one hand, I don't have to bother about dusting, cleaning etc...while on the other hand I have to keep finding recipes that don't need any grinding and powdering, as I don't have my mixie/blender and other gadgets with me. This was when I thought of using store bought tomato sauce for making gravy for a paneer curry. The result was really nice and we had it with rotis. Here is the recipe.
¾ cup (or more if you please) - Paneer cubes
1 8oz can - Hunt's tomato sauce
½ - Medium sized onion finely chopped
1 Big clove - Garlic, finely chopped (optional)
¼ cup - Chopped Vegetables (I used asparagus and capsicum)
½ tsp - Turmeric powder
1 tbsp - Oil
Chili powder to taste
Salt to taste
Boil water in a vessel and add the paneer cubes to it. Take it off the heat and leave the paneer pieces in the water for 15 minutes. This makes the paneer softer and more absorbent.
Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions and garlic. Sauté till the onion is slightly brown and add the chopped vegetables. I chose asparagus and capsicum just for the colour contrast with the red tomato sauce. You could also use green peas, potatoes, cauliflower etc. 

Sauté the vegetables for a couple minutes and add the tomato sauce. Add salt, turmeric and chillie powders, mix well. Add water and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Once the vegetables are cooked, add the paneer cubes and let it simmer for another ten minutes. In case the gravy feels thick, add more water. Once all the flavours have mingled well, take it off the stove, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rotis/nan. Bon Appétit

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