With hundreds of food blogs on my reader (with many, many recipes bookmarked), the umpteen cookbooks I have and the food channels/shows that I watch, you'd think I have enough and more food related things to see/read/do. But then I still found myself downloading a recipe app (called Sweet n Spicy) that looked interesting. I generally like going through recipes and hey, if the app is free, why not?! Right? Anyway, though the app could be better and is a work-in-progress, it gave me this really nice dish that I'm posting today called paneer saufin, an ajwaini paneer in a yogurt sauce. Just goes to show, you never know what recipe hits the right note at the right time and gets you going!
1 cup paneer, cubed
1.5 cup yogurt, beaten
1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
2 tsp coriander seeds, roasted and pound (or 1 tsp coriander powder)
2 tsp cumin, roasted and pound (or 1 tsp cumin powder)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
2-3 green chiles, chopped fine
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp kitchen king masala (optional)
1 tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
1 tbsp vegetable oil (or any other)
salt to taste
Heat oil n a pan. Add ajwain and fry for a few seconds.
Add onions, garlic and sauté for a few minutes, until translucent.
Add the cubed panner along with the pounded coriander, cumin and red chilli powder.
Season with salt and mix well. Let it cook on low for a couple minutes to infuse the paneer with spices.
Turn heat to low and add yogurt, green chilies, mint, cilantro and garam masala.
Mix well, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil.
Finish with KK masala, if using. This was a last minute addition for me, as I found the yogurt gravy wanting. It made all the difference.
Serve with rotis.