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Topic: Indian Dinner (Matar Paneer and Aloo Ghobi)  (Read 2112 times)
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« on: December 28, 2011 07:37:48 PM »

I've learned everything I know about cooking through Indian food, so it's not a big surprise that my favorite foods are Indian recipes!  One of those is Matar Paneer... yum!  It's super simple to make, and it's a great introduction for a subji novice.  (Lesson 1: A subji is any vegetable dish.)

I'm also posting a recipe for Aloo Ghobi, which is another classic... I don't know of anyone who doesn't like it.  This is another good introduction into Indian food (especially for kids and skeptics) because, like Matar Paneer, the flavors and ingredients are more familiar to the Western pallet.

Matar Paneer in Red, and Aloo Ghobi Variation in Yellow.  (Served with rice of course!)

How To Make Matar Paneer

What You Need:

3Tblsp Ghee or Oil
Paneer From 1/2 Gallon of Milk (Fresh or Fried)
Pinch of Hing
1Tsp Cumin Seeds
2 Bay Leaves
1/2 Inch of Cinnamon Stick
1Tblsp Minced Ginger
1Tblsp Coriander Poweder
1/2Tsp Turmeric
1/2Tsp Chili Powder
1/2Tsp Paprika
Salt to Taste
Sugar to Taste (I like a couple of tablespoons)
1 Can Green Peas
1 Medium Can of Tomato Puree

The first step is to get some paneer (aka curd), you can either make this by looking at my other post (http://papercookies.blogspot.com/2011/12/indian-dinner.html), buying some at the Indian store, or buying some at a Mexican store (it will be labeled fresh cheese here).

Next melt some ghee or oil in a pan and when the ghee is hot, add the hing, cumin seeds, ginger, bay leaves and cinnamon.  Make sure you have a lid on the pan for this!  (It will pop into your eyes otherwise!)  Stir fry for a few seconds and then add the tomato paste, coriander, turmeric, chili powder and paprika.  Add the peas, 1/4 cup of water, salt, sugar and paneer.  Serve with rice and enjoy!

How To Make Aloo Ghobi

What You Need:

2 Cups Cut Cauliflower Florets
2 Medium Potatoes Cubed
1Tblsp Minced Ginger
3Tsp Coriander Powder
1/4Tsp Turmeric
1/4Tsp Cayenne Pepper
3Tblsp Ghee or Oil
Pinch of Hing
1/2Tsp Cumin Seeds
2 Green Chilies Sliced Lengthwise
2 Bay Leaves
1Tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Water
*Variation: add a medium can of chick peas

In a small bowl mix the ginger, coriander powder, cayenne pepper, turmeric and 3Tblsp of water to make a paste, set aside.  Heat the ghee in a pan, add hing and cumin seeds (Don't forget the lid!), after the seeds pop, add bay leaves and green chilies, stir fry.  Add the spice paste and stir for a minute more.  Add cauliflower, potatoes, water and salt.  Cover the pan and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.  Serve with rice and enjoy!

« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2011 03:07:48 PM »

Sounds delicious!  I love paneer, it is so tasty!  And I often order aloo ghobi when out, so I am so going to try your recipe - thanks Smiley


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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012 01:58:02 PM »

Let me know how it goes!  It's a really forgiving recipe, so I'm sure whatever you do will be delicious!  (I rarely follow them exactly.)

« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2012 08:01:38 AM »

I am also looking for some Indian dish recipes.
Mater paneer and aloo gobhi are my favorite Indian dishes.
I also like Haderabadi Biryani, and Indian chicken curry.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2012 04:39:46 PM »

Aw man!  I just came here to post my mataar paneer!   I might do it anyway, because I make the cheater version of it Smiley  Post more Indian please! Especially if you have a recipe for a good cashew sauce!

*Edit: I see this post is from 2011.  Now I don't feel bad Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012 04:56:08 PM »

Haha!  You're fine!  And I could post more recipes if I ever used them!  (I usually just get rice, vegetables and spices and just wing it.)  I have some good ones from my cooking classes from when I was in school... I might have to revisit them! 

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