Sunday, October 19, 2008

Paneer 65 ( Stir Fried Cottage Cheese)

It is a great appetizer with a distinctive flavor of curry leaves and green chilies. Marinated paneer (cottage cheese) chunks are stir fried with yogurt and spices.

1 pound Paneer cut into 1½ " cubes
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 tbsp lime juice
½ tsp red chili powder
1 tsp paneer tikka masala
1 cup fresh yogurt (must not be sour)
1/2 tsp garam masala
Pinch of red food color
2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
2-3 green chilies slit lengthwise
8-10 curry leaves
3 tbsp cooking oil
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves to garnish

  • Mix the yogurt, ginger garlic paste, lime juice, garam masala, red food color, salt and red chili powder in a bowl and marinate paneer cubes in this for 1 hour.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the garlic, green chilies, curry leaves. Fry a little and add the marinated paneer pieces till all yogurt is absorbed.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve as an appetizer.

Do You Know:
are food items, which are served before the main courses of a meal, if there is an extended period between when guests arrive and the meal is served (for example, during a cocktail hour). These might also serve the purpose of sustaining guests during the wait.
Appetizers may be served at the table as a part of the sit-down meal or they may be served before sitting at the table.

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