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Paneer-Vegetable kurma

 I came across this recipe in a cookbook. It got my attention, as it was different from the way I normally prepare kurmas .It paired up well with the rotis, for our dinner that day.
 The pepper on the top of the rotis are from my neighbours backyard.They are an old couple, who are Indian origins from Jamaica.As I was cooking this kurma,I got these pepper from them and I put those pepper on the top of rotis for a beautiful click ;).

1/3 cup cashews
a big pinch of saffron threads soaked in 4 tbsp hot milk
2 1/2 cups of mixed vegetables(I used cauliflower,beans and carrots)
1 large size onion finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 green chillies cut lengthwise
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp heavy cream
6 tbsp warm water
2 tsp ghee
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp nutmeg
4 tbsp oil
salt(as per taste)
1.Soak the cashews and saffron threads.Blanch the vegetables in a saucepan of boiling water,the drain and immediately plunge in cold water.Reserve the stock.The cauliflower and green beans need more time,whereas carrots gets blanched quickly.In another pan boil water and add the paneer cubes to it.Close the lid for about a minute.Open the lid,drain the water and keep the paneer cubes covered .
2.Heat the oil in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat,add the onion,ginger garlic paste, and chilies and cook,stirig frequently,for 5-6 minutes,until the onion is softened.Add the coriander and turmeric and cook,stirring for a minute.Add 3 tbsp warm water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.Repeat this process(with the remaining 3 tbsp water),then cook stirring frequently for 2 to 3 minutes,or until the oil separates from the spice paste.
3.Add the stock(as needed),saffron and milk mixture and salt,and bring to a boil.Drain the vegetables,add to the saucepan and return to a boil.Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.Add the paneer cubes to curry and stir.Meanwhile grind the cashews into a fine paste.Add the paste to the kurma and stir in the cream at low flame.
4.Melt the ghee in a small saucepan over low heat.Add the red chilli powder and garam masala and nutmeg and sizzle gently for few seconds.Fold it to the kurma.Remove from the heat and serve.


  • The curry was actually with potatoes instead of paneer.As my kids love paneer in rich curries,I substituted using them
  • In the pictorial,I missed taking the picture for the last step in the recipe,which is adding chilli powder and garam masala to the ghee.

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