Hi!! The recipe I am posting today is a basic sabji/curry recipe. It is very simple to make and can be had with paratha or roti or naan or kulcha or just pair it jeera rice as I did. The best part is it does not require too much time to prepare either the curry or the rice and if you have sudden guest prepare it easily and impress them. Have it as your main course and to complete the feel serve it with lassi. The sabji/curry is simply delicious and jeera rice is very easy to make. You can have jeera rice with any dal also but I love it when paired with curry of any sort and paneer is favorite of everyone. So lets get cooking..
Basmati rice (or any rice) – 1 and 1/2 cups
Oil – 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon Stick – 1/2 inch
Cloves – 2 -3 pieces
Salt – 1 and 1/2 tsp
Water – 2 and 1/2 cups
For Mutter Paneer:
Paneer/Cottage Cheese – 250 grams (cut into small pieces)
Mutter/Green Peas (boiled) – 1 and 1/2 cups
Tomatoes (roughly chopped) – 2 medium
Onions (roughly chopped) – 2 medium
Capsicum (roughly chopped) – 1 medium
Oil – 1 tbsp
Ginger-garlic-green chilli paste – 2 tbsp
Asafoetida/Hing – 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
Cumin-Coriander powder – 2 tbsp
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – 1 tbsp
Kitchen King masala/ Garam Masala – 1 tbsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Tomato Ketchup – 1 tbsp
Milk (lukewarm) – 1/4 cup
Coriander leaves (finely chopped) – 1/4 cup
Salt as per taste
For Jeera Rice:
1) Soak the rice for atleast an hour. The longer you soak the easier it will cook. In non stick wok/ deep bottomed pan take the oil. Once warm add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, cinnamon and cloves. Once it crackles add the rice and mix it gently. Now add the water and cover the pan and let the rice cook on medium flame for ten to twelve minutes. Keep checking and gently stirring in between. Once done check one rice grain and if soft switch off the gas and cover and keep for another 5 minutes.
2) Alternatively take a pressure cooker. Add oil and once warm add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, cinnamon and cloves. Once it crackles add the rice and mix it gently. Now add the water and cook on high flame for 4-5 whistles. Serve hot.
For Mutter Paneer:
1) In a wok take the oil. once warm add the asafoetida. Now add the onions and saute till translucent. Now add the tomatoes and ginger-garlic-green chilli paste.
2) Now add in the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin coriander powder and kitchen king masala or garam masala and cook till oil separates.
3) Blend this mixture in a jar. take the puree once again in the wok. Now add the salt, sugar, tomato ketchup and milk and let it cook again for 5 minutes.
4) Finally add the boiled mutter, paneer and coriander leaves. Cover and cook on low flame for 5 minutes. Serve hot.
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