Paneer again and again and thinking of a new kind of once again. I made this Paneer Hara Bhara Curry last week. I remember it was quite late in the evening, pretty hot weather. Naturally I wished to stir up something quickly. There was a dal and a chicken, family wished home made breads, so I planned for a paneer curry as a vegetarian side. Since I am not so fond of chicken and not allowed to have much carb..... I depend on dal, veggies and salads to satisfy my body needs. This is at this point where I have an imaginary conversation with the almighty... why did He had to gift diabetes to someone who loved to have carbs and fats... all kinds of..... Its been ages I did not have pakoras made of mutton fat / fish fat / fish roe with rice accompanied by a green chilli. Those who had / have it.... it will sound heavenly.... to me it definitely is.
Coming to Paneer Hara Bhara Curry, it was done simply using coriander and fresh mint paste. I thought if we can have a chutney with this paste or use it in a non vegetarian curry, let us see how it works with paneer. This quick paneer curry with few ingredients did taste well and goes very well with Indian breads. Let us do this Paneer Hara Bhara Curry together.
Paneer : 250-300 gm [ I used store bought]
Fresh Coriander Leaves : 2 sprig
Mint Leaves : 6-8
Garlic Cloves : 2
Green Chilli : 3-4
Black Peppercorn : 6-8
Plain Yogurt : 2tbsp
Onion [sliced] : 1medium
Bayleaf : 1
Salt : As Required
Oil : 2-3tbsp
Cut the paneer into smaller cubes and marinate with little salt for 15 minutes.
Prepare a paste with washed coriander leaves, mint leaves, peeled garlic cloves, green chilli and black peppercorns in the grinder adding little water.
Peel, wash and slice the onion. Beat the yogurt.
Heat oil in a wok. Temper with bayleaf.
Add the sliced onions and fry till translucent.
Add the green paste and saute for a minute. Add the beaten yogurt and saute for I minute.
Add one medium cup water and let boil for 2-3 minutes. Add the paneer pieces, stir and let cook for 1 minute. Add salt as required. Stir well. Its done.
The gravy will be little thick. Serve hot with chapati / paratha / poori.