Paneer is a rescuer in our family in an all vegetarian day. The junior loves it so much that I find it as a safe alternative to his much loved chicken. The senior though not so much fond of it, does not refuse to have it either. Actually, food does not feature at the top of his priority list. He is a food connoisseur though, mainly loves Japanese and Middle Eastern Cuisine. Otherwise, a nicely made fresh water fish curry and rice is what he adores. How much the lady of the house wished that her man be a little more demanding, take little interest in the food world. Perhaps, he too thinks the same way, if the wifey thing would have spared five minutes watching CNBC. So, a kind of peace treaty was made mutually, senior been a strong believer of no rule policy at home. So if one is glued into CNBC, the other happily fries fritters to enjoy together.
This Aloo Paneer Curry or Aloo Paneer er Dalna was prepared by mom just this way once paneer was introduced in Kolkata, in the late 80's or early 90's. Though she fries paneer always, but do not. Paneer is not authentically a Bengali thing. Till date some of our friends would say before a get together, Soma please do not cook paneer. However, paneer was very much accepted in our household. Bengalees usually use homemade paneer[chena] for their curries. This Aloo Paneer Curry/Aloo Paneer er Dalna is prepared without onion or garlic at our home. Let us do it.
Paneer[Indian Cottage Cheese] : 250gm
Potato : 1big
Tomato : 1medium
Cumin Powder : 1tsp
Ginger Paste : 1tbsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1-2tsp
Salt : As Required
Cumin Seed : 2-3 pinches
Bayleaf : 1
Sugar : 1/2tsp[optional]
Oil : 3-4tbsp
Cut the paneer into cubes and soak in warm salted water for an hour.
Peel, wash and cube the potatoes. Rub with little salt and turmeric powder.
Heat oil in a wok. Lightly fry the potatoes and keep aside.
Temper oil with cumin seeds and a bayleaf.
Add the ginger paste and fry for 2 minutes.
Wash the tomato, roughly chop and add to the wok. Saute till it melts and separates from oil.
Add the cumin powder, turmeric powder, little salt and chilli powder. Saute for a minute.
Add the fried potato pieces, stir for 3-4 minutes. Add a cup of water.
Let boil for 3-4 minutes at low heat.
Now add the paneer pieces discarding the water.
Let boil for 2 minutes. Add the sugar.
Transfer to a bowl after 1/2 a minute.
Serve with roti or steamed rice.