Simple Paneer Masala
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This is a very famous Indian dish. Here is an easy and absolutely delicious recipe!!!
• 3 cups fresh cubed homemade paneer
• 8 medium tomatoes
• 1 green chile
• 1 tbsp fresh chopped ginger
• 1 cup cream
• 2 tbsp ghee
• 2 tbsp whole coriander
• 3 cloves
• 10 black peppercorn
• 1/2 stick cinnamon
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 2 dried red chiles
• 1 tbsp sugar
• 1/4 tsp hing
• 1/2 tsp turmeric
• 2 tsp salt
First we are going to make the spice mixture. Gather all the whole spices.
2 tbsp whole coriander
10 black peppercorn
1/2 stick cinnamon
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 dried red chiles
Grind up all the spices in a coffee grinder until you have a nice powder. Then set aside.
Place all the tomatoes, green chile and ginger in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
In a large pot heat up 1 tbsp ghee on medium high heat.
Immediately add the pureed tomatoes, ground spice mixture and all the remaining spices. Cook for about 8 minutes. You will see the sauce thicken and you know it is done.
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp hing
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp salt
In the meantime, chop up the freshly made paneer.
In a frying pan heat up 1 tbsp of ghee and pan fry the paneer until you have a nice crispy crust. About 5 minutes.
The tomato sauce should be ready by now. Here is what it should look like.
Add 1 cup of cream to the sauce. The flame should be on medium heat.
Stir and then add 2 cups whey from the fresh paneer. If you don't have whey, you can use water. Continue cooking on medium flame for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, here is what the sauce should look like.
Next, add the cooked paneer and give it a stir. You can also add fresh cilantro at this time if you desire.
That's it! Your done!
Serve with homemade naan bread and you are ready to offer to Kṛṣṇa with love and devotion!