CAPSICUM PANEER MASALA ( NO ONION NO GARLIC RECIPE )




A simple quick paneer and capsicum masala for rotis . Most of the ingredients are usually available  in the pantry . 

While this dish can be made as simple as possible retaining the taste , adding the cashew paste and fresh cream elevates the yumminess! So don't skip that if you have fresh cream or Cashewnuts . 

Either or both can be added to the dish . No garlic and no onions in this dish as ordered by my daughter , yet we relished it to the last spoon .

To keep the dish ,  reduced calories skip cashew paste , add only fresh cream about a tbs .





Ingredients



100 -150 grams paneer cubed 
3 medium Capsicums, cut into 1-inch square pieces
2 medium Tomatoes puréed
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp fennel seed  powder ( saunf )
1 tsp  Kashmiri chili powder
10-15 Cashewnuts soaked in warm water and blended to paste
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Pinch of turmeric powder
Salt as required
1 tsp kitchen King masala powder or sabzi masala powder
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp crushed kasoori methi
Pinch of sugar
2-3 tbsp fresh cream
2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves to garnish


Method


1. In a pan add some oil and fry the paneer cubes till light golden and remove .

2. In the Same pan add the capsicum squares and let it cook till almost soft but a bit crunchy .
Remove and keep aside .

3. Now add cumin seeds in oil , let it brown , add tomato purée and all the masala  powders red chili powder , kitchen King masala powder, ( or sabzi powder ) turmeric power , coriander powder, ginger , fennel powder , some coriander leaves  ( keep some for garnishing later)  , pinch of salt and let the mixture cook on a low flame .

The mixture will turn aromatic after cooking for few minutes .

4. Meanwhile keep the cashew paste blended .

5. When the tomato masala mixture appears to be thickened and oil released on sides , add the cooked capsicums and the roasted paneer .
Sprinkle little water if required .

Let it cook for couple of minutes , add the cashew paste , sugar and check for salt .
Add kasoori methi crushed towards the end .

Remove and add fresh cream on top .
Garnish with coriander leaves .

Serve creamy yummy paneer capsicum with rotis or naan .

Suggestions

Coconut milk can be added instead of cashew paste or fresh cream

Almond paste can be used instead of cashew paste .

Adding cashew paste is optional for reduced calorie dish .

Adding pinch of sugar is optional