Paneer Afghani

Paneer Afghani

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A taste of Afghanistan for your taste buds if you are bored with the regular variants of Paneer curries. Serve with bread or rice.

Paneer Afghani recipe - How to make Paneer Afghani

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2 cups paneer (cottage cheese) cubes
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup curds (dahi)
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2 tsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)
5-8 almond (badam)
2 tbsp green chilli paste
1 small cinnamon (dalchini) stick
1 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
a pinch of sugar
1/2 cup water
oil as required

  1. In a food processor or grinder, add almonds, cumin seeds and poppy seeds and grind to a coarse powder.
  2. Add the powder to curd along with green chilli paste, garam masala, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp red chilli powder and 1 tbsp garam masala powder and mix well.
  3. Add paneer cubes to the curd mixture.
  4. Mix well making sure the paneer does not crumble and the curd mix coats all the paneer cubes.
  5. Let that marinate for 20 - 30 minutes.
  6. Arrange the cubes one by one on a grill pan and grill for 15 minutes or until the outside of the paneer is golden brown.
  7. Alternatively, if you don't have a grill pan, you can bake the same @ 200c for 15 minutes. Set aside.
  8. Don't discard the yogurt mixture leftover. Mix well with milk and set aside.
  9. Heat 2 tsp oil and add cinnamon, onions and saute until the onions are golden brown.
  10. Add tomato puree, water and mix well. Let it boil and reduce to half.
  11. Now, add the curd-milk mixture to the pan and mix well. Let that again come to a boil.
  12. Add the paneer pieces to the gravy and mix well.
  13. Garnish with coriander or parsley leaves and serve hot with rice or bread.