Masala Paneer

Masala Paneer

Masala Paneer, a dish made with paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and aromatic spices, offers several health benefits. Paneer is an excellent source of protein, essential for muscle maintenance and repair, making Masala Paneer a satisfying option for vegetarians. The dish also includes spices like turmeric, which contains curcumin known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and ginger and garlic, known for their potential immune-boosting and antibacterial benefits. Additionally, the inclusion of bell peppers provides vitamins A and C, contributing to skin health and immune function. The moderate use of oil or ghee in cooking adds healthy fats to the dish. When consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet, Masala Paneer can be a nutrient-dense and flavorful option that supports protein intake, immune health, and overall well-being.

Ingredients:

  • 200g paneer (cubed)
  • 1 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup tomatoes (pureed)
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers (any color, chopped)
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder 
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Instructions:

Prepare Ingredients:

  • Chop the onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Cut paneer into cubes.

Sauté in Rice Cooker:

  • Switch on the rice cooker to the "Cook" mode.
  • Heat oil or ghee in the rice cooker. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.

Add Ginger-Garlic Paste:

  • Add ginger-garlic paste to the onions and sauté for a minute until the raw smell disappears.

Add Spices:

  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, and salt. Mix well.

Add Tomatoes:

  • Add the pureed tomatoes to the rice cooker. Cook until the oil separates from the masala.

Add Bell Peppers and Paneer:

  • Add chopped bell peppers and paneer cubes to the cooker. Mix them gently with the masala.

Cook in Rice Cooker:

  • Close the lid of the rice cooker and let the masala, paneer, and bell peppers cook for about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Check for Doneness:

  • Check if the bell peppers are tender and the paneer is cooked. Adjust salt and spices if needed.

Add Garam Masala and Garnish:

  • Add garam masala and give it a final stir.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Serve:

  • Switch off the rice cooker and let the Masala Paneer rest for a few minutes.
  • Serve the Masala Paneer hot with naan, roti, or rice.

 

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