What else can I say about Paneer except that I love it! I usually prefer to make paneer at home and the recipe that I almost always make with home made paneer is paneer bhurji but this store bought fresh paneer was equally good and I decided to make a quick and easy paneer gravy to go with it.
I started by lightly browning the paneer with very little oil just so that it gets a nice golden colour. This makes it look very appetizing as well.
In a pan I added a chopped onion, 2 chopped medium tomatoes, half a green chilly, 10 small cloves of garlic and a cup of water and let this come to a boil and simmer for ten minutes.
I let this mixture cool down and pureed it into a fine paste.
In a pan I heated two tbsp of ghee and added half a tsp of cumin, two cardamon, small piece of cinnamon and two cloves and fried the whole spice for 30 secs.
I added one chopped onion and sauteed till translucent.
To this I added half a tsp each of turmeric powder, chilly powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and fried the spices for a minute.
I added the puree to this and cooked it down on a low flame for 5 minutes.
I then added half a cup of water and a tsp of garam masala, tsp of sugar and salt to taste(about 1 and a half tsp) and mixed well. I then added the paneer pieces and covered and cooked on a low flame for ten minutes.
I finally finished it off by adding a tbsp of kasuri methi. I recommend not skipping this step as it adds amazing flavour to this dish. Serve hot with parathas or chapatis.