I made this Indian cottage cheese (paneer) curry with bellpeppers and fresh tomatoes. Indian food is a staple in my household and I always experiment different curries with Indian cottage cheese, which is widely known as paneer. Since Paneer is made of milk, it is a great source of protein, calcium, and Vitamin A for vegetarians in India.
Usually cilantro is added in most Indian recipes, but this time I wanted to try something different. So, I decided to add some fresh basil leaves in the recipe. Surprisingly, I very much enjoyed the freshness of basil. You can be flexible and try either cilantro or basil or both in your recipe. It surely will take your taste-buds to a whole new level. Moreover, I cooked this recipe without heavy whipping cream so that made this recipe really low in calories. If you want then you can add some low-fat yogurt or milk to add some richness, but I was very happy the way this curry turned out.
Most times I add vegetables like cauliflower, colorful bellpeppers, baby corns, peas, carrots, or any other veggies I have in my refrigerator. This allows me to add lot of colors and flavors to my recipe. Moreover, it is a nutritious and a healthy way to have daily serving of vegetables. Although this time I decided to keep it simple with fewer ingredients. You can easily find most of these ingredients in your nearby Indian Grocery Store.
3/4th block of Paneer Or Indian Cottage Cheese (Thawed and Cubed) (Available in Indian Grocery Store)
1 large size Red Bell Pepper (Cubed)
1/2 large size Green Bell Pepper (Cubed)
1 medium size Onion (chopped)
2 large size Tomatoes (chopped)
1 hot jumbo Jalapeno Pepper (chopped)
4 Garlic cloves (chopped)
2 inch Ginger (peeled and chopped)
10-12 fresh Basil leaves (chiffonade)
Salt to taste
Ingredients For Tempering:
2 tablespoons of Butter
1 tablespoon of Cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric powder
2 tablespoons of Rasoi Magic’s Paneer Butter Masala (Available in Indian Grocery Store)
1. Heat up a pan. Add butter and let it melt.
2. Add cumin seeds and let it turn light brown.
3. Add chopped onions, garlic, ginger, and jalapenos.
4. Now at this point add turmeric powder and rasoi magic masala. Stir everything for 2-3 minutes.
5. Add chopped tomatoes and add some salt. Sweat the tomatoes for few minutes.
6. Now add cubed bell peppers. Cover the pan and let them soften a bit.
7. Add Paneer cubes and basil. Taste the salt and add if necessary. Heat up everything for few minutes, until paneer turns really soft.
8. Garnish with some more basil leaves and serve with your favorite assorted bread (Naan or Roti) and daal (lentil soup).