Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tulip fields and Paneer Curry!


After an amazing weekend in Holland travelling around the tulip fields in bloom, I wanted to make something which reflected the mood of the weekend. Both my husband and I are big tulip fans and take the opportunity every couple of years to visit the Netherlands during spring - the tulip growing season.




 The multitude of colours, the fresh air and (luckily this year) lots of sun and good weather made the weekend a perfect one. 




Back home, the red of the tulips kept playing through my mind and I decided on this paneer gravy with a red sauce. The almonds and cashews lend the gravy a rich flavour and balance the sour tomatoes well. The yogurt rounds off the taste perfectly, making the gravy mild and creamy without using cream or butter.

Paneer in tomato-almond-cashew gravy

Ingredients

100 grams - paneer cubes, 
1 tbsp - sunflower oil/ghee
1/2 tsp - cumin seeds
1 - bayleaf
1 - onion medium size, finely chopped
1/2 tsp - garam masala
1 tsp - chaat masala
1/2 tsp - dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
2/3 cup - water 
2 tbsp - yogurt, well beaten
salt to taste
coriander leaves - to garnish

to be ground together in a paste

2 - tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 - green chilli (adjust according to your taste)
2 inch piece - ginger, peeled
2 cloves of - garlic
8 - 10 - almonds, blanched
4-5 - cashew

Method
  1. Heat oil/ghee in a pan, add the cumin seeds and bayleaf. When the seeds splutter, add the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes on a medium heat.
  2. Now add the ground paste and cook for 5-7 minutes on a medium heat, stirring occasionaly. 
  3. Add the garam masala, chaat masala,kasuri methi and water and cook again for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes. Add the yogurt and paneer and mix well.
  5. Cook again for a minute, stirring lightly.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with  naan bread/rice. (correct the consisitency of the gravy by adding some water, if required)

Enjoy!

71 comments:

  1. Lovely photos

    Paneer gravy looks delicious :-)

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  2. Love Tulips. I had planted some here but it gets so hot here in March too sometimes, they just don't come up some years. Gorgeous Tulips.

    Paneer gravy sounds creamy and tasty.

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  3. Wow...wonderful flowers! I have some panted at my home too. Nice blog you have here Rachana! And the Paneer dish sounds simple with easily available ingredients; I will try this at home once.

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  4. I just noticed, do you also like photography? I see that you have used the macro mode in the camera to blur the surrounding objects and highlight the target. Nice try!

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  5. Really beautiful shots Rachana...paneer looks yummy, love the addition of almond and cashew in the recipe...

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  6. Awesome pics of Tulips!!!! I envy you :)
    Curry looks yummy yumm

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  7. Tulips make this world look like heaven...Wanna go to Netherlands too! Lovely paneer curry!

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  8. tulip garden pictures are amazing. paneer curry looks so delicious.

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  9. wow i love the tulip festivals because we can see this kind of colorful tulips and its a wonderful experience..Super super what a colorful eyecatching shots..thanks for sharing

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  10. The panner curry looks so dellicious.i dod not add chat masala..next time will try ur version..superb yarr

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  11. Wonderful n amazing clicksn a very tasty curry

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  12. So beatiful tulip feastival..thank you so much for sharing thses wonderful pics...Loved it.

    Paneer curry looks very creamy and delicious.

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  13. Aweoms Tulip clicks!!!!very pleasant to eyes..Paneer curry tempts me a lot...beautiful dish indeed..

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  14. The tulips are so beautiful, I do miss seeing that.
    The paneer curry looks so good, yummy!

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  15. paneer looks delicious..lovely flowers..

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  16. Oh my! those tulips are gorgeous...and I can just imagine how inspiring that little outing would have been! your food looks yummy!

    thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!
    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

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  17. Lovely tulips. I so wish i was there to see it.Holland is on my list of must-see destinations..great post and a lovely recipe for Paneer in red sauce.

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  18. Paneer gravy looks superb dear. thanks for sharing such a nice snaps....the tulips and garden looks very refreshing. Very nice post.

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  19. Lovely pics..nice tulips...wish I could see such great places...As for the paneer I just love it!!

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  20. thats simply awesome...love the shots...too good...and paneer dish looks so healthy n delicious...yummy..love the combination used...thanks for sharing this Rachana!

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  21. Lovely photos! Love your paneer too!

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  22. Rachana,

    Paneer curry looks really nice. Tulips looks really beautiful. I wish i can visit there.

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  23. Gosh Rachana,I dont know which one to admire-the tulips or the paneer dish..Both are excellent.Loved the pics..

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  24. What fantastic photos. The tulips are lovely as is your curry. The little boy is my grandson. Isn't he a doll? I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  25. Beautiful photos..
    Yummy recipe.. looks perfect.. thanks for sharing.. :)

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  26. Wonderful clicks reminds me of the song "Dekha ek khawab" from the movie Silsila. Thanks for sharing these pictures. Awesome photography Rachna. Paneer in red sauce looks delicious

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  27. lovely pics!! that paneer looks damn good!! yummy!!

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  28. Lovely tulip pics....paneer looks too good too :-)

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  29. Looks so beautiful, and a lovely dish too.

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  30. Sweet photos! I love your recipe too!

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  31. Awesome picture and the curry looks very rich, creamy and delicious.

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  32. I couldn't take out my eyes. I would love to visit one day this heaven! Paneer dish looks awesome!

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  33. Oh lovely tulips..nothing like Netherlands..but we have our very own tulip festival in WA..its one of the best here. and I never miss it too.paneer in any form- bring it on

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  34. The tulip is my favorite flower! ...Your pics are so vibrant and invigorating!

    The dish looks delicious :)

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  35. beautiful pics. Paneer gravy is just awesome :)

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  36. Hey Rachana,
    Lovely pics...tulip is one of my fav's too. Awesome clicks...
    Chetana.
    www.myrecipegalore.blogspot.com(formerly recipebook)

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  37. Lovely and gorgeous pictures of tulips.It sure must have been a very relaxing vacation surrounded by these wonderful flower beds.
    Paneer curry looks very delicious.

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  38. Loved all the clicks ! Flowers and also Paneer .. beautiful clicks !

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  39. Tulips look amazing. u sure lucky to have visited the tulip garden. Lovely paneer dish.

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  40. The tulips are so beautiful.
    And your paneer curry looks tempting.
    Beautiful pics.

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  41. tulips my gosh u r great @ photography..came to knw u after seeing those gorgeous pics...awesome work thanks for sharing...and the curry looks bful,creamy and yum...superdelicious

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  42. nice pics...
    was thinking of making paneer ka sabzi today... so may be wil try thz out...

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  43. Lovely pics.Panner ,one of my daughter's favorite.will try your version.

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  44. Gorgeous tulips!
    Rich and delicious paneer gravy!!

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  45. How do you manage to click such beautiful pics Rachana...

    Simply amazing you are:)

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  46. I love tulips too and love your photos! Their colors are so vibrant!
    That dish with the paneer also looks good!

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  47. Beautiful tulip pictures... yummy and lovely curry....

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  48. Curry looks delicious.Lovely pics..looks so lively.

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  49. Wow lovely tulips :) This curry looks very rich...healthy one too with the almond paste...looks delicious dear :)

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  50. Fabulous tulip photos ! Lovely rich curry, looks inviting !

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  51. le champ de tulipes est extraordinaire, les photos sont vraiment sublimes
    l'assiette est très savoureuse et bien parfumée j'adore
    bonne journée

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  52. Paneer curry sounds captivating n pleasing to the eyes rachana.Cannot beat its taste with naan.

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  53. I'm just jumping back in to say hello and thank you for your visit. I hope you'll visit often. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  54. Wow, such pretty tulips in so many colors. I'd love to live where you are!!

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  55. Always love Tulips, but I've to say I love black tulips! did they let you go on big fields? where silsila and premrog songs were shot? Near the big windmill...Paneer looks yummy!

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  56. The colors of the tulips are just unbelievable! So pretty! And your paneer curry must be so yummy with the almonds in it!

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  57. really beautiful tulips dear...loved the paneer curry too....need to first have that sppoon at least for taste..

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  58. beautiful tulips and great photograpy paneer curry looks creamy and delicious yummm

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  59. i am making paneer at home this weekend - i make tons and freeze as i simply love the stuff. this recipe looks very nice!

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  60. lovely Tulips!! I am drooling over the paneer.. rich gravy

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  61. Paneer curry looks truly comforting and delicious. Beautiful tulips!

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  62. Wow..beautiful clicks Rachana!
    The paneer curry looks delicious!
    I'm going to try making the spinach chive bread soon :-)

    Take care
    Rachana

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  63. Nice curry and lovely pictures!!

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  64. I am also a Tulip fan..lovely pics..especially the third one.Curry looks good too.

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  65. Tulips are so beautiful, and very lovely pics of that....and paneer gravy looks rich & creamy,

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  66. lovely tulips and love the paneer sabzi too!

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  67. Paneer with almond is just excellent idea .Photos are great.Professional level. raja

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