Paneer aka Indian Cottage cheese is different that the cottage cheese found in U.S. Paneer has a firm shape …like that of tofu…but is creamier than tofu. Paneer is associated with Northern part of India and you can find tonnes of recipes using this 1 ingredient!! I grew up eating paneer…. we ate paneer almost everyday… my dad loves it…..so mom was always making new recipes with it… and hence my sister and I grew loving it too and my husband enjoys it as much =)
Black pepper and Paneer…both are my favorites…. and to find a recipe that has both these ingredients…AWESOME! I just enjoy the flavor and spice that black pepper adds to to any food. So I had to try this recipe and I must say it taste good….soo peppery!!
So here is the recipe… from Sanjeev Kapoor’s (renowned chef in India) website
BLACK PEPPER PANEER
- Cottage cheese (paneer) 200 gms
- Black pepper crushed 1 tablespoon
- Green chillies 2 tsp
- 1 Onions large
- Oil 2tsp
- Garlic cloves finely chopped 8-10
- Red chilli paste 2 tsp (I used Sirachi Chilli sauce)
- Vinegar 2tsp
- Soy sauce 1tsp
- Salt to taste
- 1 Green bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
- Paneer chilli masala 1 tsp (I am not sure what this is… so I just added some Chicken Tikka Masala…easily available in any Indian Grocery)
- Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
- Chaat masala (easily available in Indian Grocery)
- Crispy fried noodles
1: Roughly chop green chillies. Cut cottage cheese and onions into 1 inch cubes.
2: Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add garlic, green chillies and sauté for half a minute.
3: Add onions and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add red chilli paste, vinegar, soya sauce, 1 tbsp crushed black pepper, salt and mix well.
4: Add ½ cup water, green capsicum, cottage cheese and cook for 5-7 minutes.
5: Add paneer chilli masala, coriander leaves and mix well. Switch off heat and transfer into a bowl.
6: Sprinkle black pepper powder and chaat masala. Garnish with fried noodles and serve hot.
I did not do the noodle bit…. but sprinkling the chaat masala and that extra pepper is a must… adds the perfect finishing touch!! Yum Yum Yum!! Eat it by itself… eat it with some Naan… make a wrap…. eat it with stir fried rice…. love it!! My do-not-like-much-black-pepper husband liked it too 😉
A delicious quick recipe! Try it and let me know how you like it!!
Until next time,