So I had Matar Paneer at my first trip to Mother India a couple of weeks ago - and it was fantastic!
I found a recipe for it in my big book of Indian cuisine (I think I am missing the food from the kitchen I used to work in a little, the trip to the restaurant made sure to remind me about it!), and decided to lighten it up a little and make it a healthier meal for any day of the week. And the best of all? It comes together in 15-20 minutes!
I bought some 10-minute brown rice, if you just stir a little butter or oil and a pinch of salt through, it tastes really good, not to mention the fact that you save time and energy, perfect *smiles*.
2 tbsp oil or ghee
100g paneer, diced
1 small bay leaf
Water (4 tbsp + 1/2 cup)
A good pinch of each: cloves, cardamom and cinnamon
Also 1/3 tsp of each cumin, turmeric, ground coriander, and Garam Masala
Small pinch chilli powder
1-2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
Salt to taste
100g peas, drained and rinsed
Rice to serve
- Cook rice as instructed on the package.
- Now, in a medium frying pan, heat the oil and fry the diced paneer until golden, for about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally.
- Now, take out the paneer with a slotted spoon and transfer to kitchen paper. In the same frying pan, add the bay leaf, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon, along with 4tbsp water over low heat, for for a minute until fragrant.
- Now, add the remaining spices, as well as the salt, ginger and 1/2 cup of water. Stir well, before adding the peas and paneer and cook for about 5-7 minutes until it is all heated through properly.
- Serve the Matar Paneer over a bed of rice, and enjoy!
Other than that, some friends and I tried our hands at the pub quiz at Cafê Rio last night! It was a lot of fun, and I particularly liked the part where we were given a pot of Playdoh and told to recreate a scene from a horror movie, we picked Scream! And I must say it was pretty detailed and impressvie (I was watching in awe more than helping, not very good with Playdoh and haven't watched the movie!). Today I am going to work, and then have a quiet evening, should be good! Do you have any plans for the coming days?
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