Kashmiri Paneer Chaman



Preparation Time -10 minutes
Cooking Time -30 minutes

A popular Kashmiri paneer preparation made with pieces of fried paneer (cottage cheese) simmered in tomato sauce flavoured with spices and fennel seeds powder. It makes a quick and easy weeknight dinner.  
It is ideal to cook this with fresh tomatoes, which are blanched (boiled whole and then skinned) and then added to the curry although you can also use tinned plum tomatoes ( which I do!! ) or tomato puree which gives it a thick gravy and also is a quick option.
If you make this dish using Homermade Tomato Puree.then we have to learn how to make Tomato Puree at Home.

Choose nice ripe red tomatoes. Give them a quick wash in cold water. 

Using a sharp knife drop a cross over the  tomatoes.

Boil the water well and then drop the tomatoes into the boiled water 

After 2 minutes take it out from the water. You can see the skin peeled away after taking out .So we no need to peel the skin. It will comes out easily. Now the blanched tomatoes are ready to make sauces.Grind these to make a fine homemade puree.



    Tomato Puree-if homemade then make using 4 tomatoes or if store bought then 1 cup

    Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder-2tsp

    Hing or asfoatedia -  1 pinch

    Jeera or Cumin seeds-1/2tsp

    Saunf or Fennel Powder or Mouri-2tbsp

    Dry Ginger Powder or Sonth-1/2 tsp

    Turmeric Powder-1/2tsp

    Garam Masala-1tsp  


    Bay leaf-1

    Brown Cardamom-2

    Green Cardamon-4

    Chinamon Stick-1

    Oil- 5 Tbsp(Preferably Mustard oil )

    Water -1/2cup

    METHOD :-

    the paneer into thick rectangular shaped pieces.

    In a wok add 5 Tbsp oil. Shallow fry paneer pieces from both sides till light brown. Keep them aside.

    Add hing,then splutter brown cardamom, green cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon.

    Add tomato puree, salt, red chilli powder, dry ginger powder. Cook till the masala leaves oil on the sides.

    Add paneer  to the masala. Now add some saunf or fennel powder. Mix.

    Now add the 1/2 cup water

    Mix well. Let it cook for 2-3 more minute.

    Add garam masala powder and ghee..cover with lid...Allow to  cook for 2 minutes . Switch off the gas. Garnish with chopped  corriander  leaves. 

    Enjoy  it with Hot steamed rice  or Roti or any kind of Indian Bread.

    For garam masala,you can use store bought  Sahi Garam masala. ..or you can make it  at home

    Ingredients  for Garam Masala

    Cloves -3
    Cumin Seeds-1/2tsp
    Black pepper corns-1/2tsp
    Coriander Seeds-1/2tsp
    Green Cardamom -2
    Brown Cardamom -1
    Chinamon  Stick -1

    Method of  making  Garam Masala

    In a different  pan,dry  roast  all ingredients .  Grind  them  to  make a fine  powder.

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