Recipe of the week- Creamy Paneer Curry

News| 1st June 2022
Recipe of the week- Creamy Paneer Curry
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This vegetarian Paneer curry is mild, family friendly and simple to prepare. Change up the vegetable inclusion and try diced sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower, baby spinach or whatever takes your fancy and is in season. The addition of the green peas does make the dish pop on your plate so maybe try for a green veg.

In this dish I have used three readily found but rarely used ingredients that just take the flavour to the next level.

  1. Ghee is a clarified butter commonly used in Indian cooking and it has a sweeter richer taste than butter.
  2. Curry leaves are generally available alongside other herbs at major supermarkets and add wonderful aroma and deep curry flavour when fried off with onions and other aromatics in your curry.
  3. Paneer is a simple cheese often used in Indian kitchens. It’s a semi hard cheese, like a ricotta that has the water pressed out, and is easily sliced, browned and added to wet dishes.

I hope you enjoy playing with these ingredients and discovering how they can elevate your Indian cooking.

Serves 4 | Prep Time 10mins | Cook Time 20mins | Cook Style  Cooktop | Skill Level  Easy | Family Friendly
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil Coles or Woolworths
  • 500g Paneer, diced into 2cm pieces Coles
  • 3 tbsp ghee Coles or Woolworths
  • 1 large brown onion, finely diced Morley Fresh
  • 10 curry leaves Coles or Woolworths
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced Morley Fresh
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • ½ tsp cloves, ground Morley Fresh
  • ½ tsp chilli powder Coles or Woolworths
  • 690g Passata Aldi
  • 1 tbsp honey  Coles or Woolworths
  • 1 ½ tsp salt Coles or Woolworths
  • 250g frozen peas Coles or Woolworths
  • 100ml double cream Coles or Woolworths

To Serve

  • 2 cup basmati rice Aldi
  • Almond flakes, toasted Coles or Woolworths

Method

  • Add oil to a large fry-pan over medium heat and, when hot add the Paneer. Fry for a couple of minutes each side then remove and set aside on a plate.
  • Plate the ghee into the same pan over medium heat to melt. Add onions and fry until starting to clarify (3 mins).
  • Add the curry leaves, garlic and ginger and fry, stirring, for another minute.
  • Add the spices and stir through the onion mix.
  • Add Passata, honey and salt, place a lid on the pan and simmer for around 15 minutes.
  • Add the fried paneer and continue to simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add the peas and cream, bring to a simmer again then serve topped with flaked almonds and a side of steamed basmati.

Cooks Notes

  • Paneer is high in protein and friendly for those who suffer from lactose intolerance.
  • Basmati rice is lower GI than other white rices making it perfect for those who struggle with diabetes.
  • Ghee is free of milk solids and water making it lactose friendly. It’s also been show to help lower cholesterol.

Styling

Robert Gordon Ceramic Bowl - Myer

Windsor gold serving spoons - Target

Green cotton napkin - Target, Home

Small blue ceramic bowls, Salt & Pepper - Myer


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