I love paneer. In any form. This is a really light dish that can be served as a snack with drinks, a starter or a side. I love the contrast of textures and flavours with the crunchiness of the peppers complementing the rich creaminess of the paneer. I use very few spices in this preparation as I feel that that brings out the real flavour of the ingredients well. I don’t associate this dish with any region of India in particular. It is inspired by a recipe that my friend Chitra Bharadwaj makes.
Cooking Time: 30 min
You will need:
- A block of paneer – usually comes in packs of 225 g
- 3 large green peppers cut 1″ pieces
- 1 tbsp ghee or clarified butter (I use Lurpak)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 hot green chilli finely chopped
- 1 tsp chaat masala
Heat the ghee/clarified butter in a wok or karahi. Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle until slightly brown. Add the chopped chilli, let this cook in the ghee for a minute so that the flavour and heat infuse into it. Now add the pepper and paneer pieces and salt to your taste. Cook this mixture on a medium flame with a lid on, occasionally stirring until the peppers are tender. Then turn the heat up, take the lid off and stir fry so that the paneer and pepper pieces are slightly brown and crispy . Take of the heat and sprinkle with chaat masala before serving.