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Friday, August 12, 2011

"Aroma From a Guest Kitchen"-(Guest- Aarti Kumbhojkar)- Kadhai Paneer

Guest: Aarti Kumbhojkar
It is amazing how 'food' can bring people together! Through my interest in 'food'/ recipes /food science, I have come to know and have met so many people. Like it is rightly said, "Birds of a Feather Flock Together'!!!
I know Aarti since many years now, since we studied in the same school in Pune,India. But I can say, I really 'got to know' her in the past few months after moving to Columbus, due to our common interest in.....FOOD!!!
Aarti likes baking, trying out new foods and enjoys cooking herself. She shared this 'Kadhai Paneer' recipe with me for the blog....


2 cups paneer cubes
½ cup diced onions
¼ cup diced green bell peppers
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 cup chopped red tomatoes
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon butter
Salt to taste
**4 tbsp Heavy Cream (optional)

1) Heat oil in a frying pan; add onions, ginger,garlic and sauté until the onions are tender. Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder and saute until the water from the tomatoes have evaporated and become a thick paste.

2) Add green peppers and cover the pan and simmer it for about 5 minutes until the pepper are half cooked.

3)Add butter, salt, cardamom powder and sauté for few more minutes. Add the paneer pieces and kasuri methi.

** Can add heavy cream at the end to make it little gravy style.
Its totally optional though.

4)Serve with hot roti or phulka.


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