Since the Indian side of my family is said to originate in Rajasthan, I am always interested to learn more Rajasthani recipes and I wanted to represent recipes form 3 different North Indian states for my theme this week of North Indian side dishes. Since we’ve already done Punjab and Kashmir this week, it’s time to more on to Rajasthan, the land of Kings. Although paneer is not as popular in Rajasthan as it is in Punjab, I was able to find this paneer recipe from the Rajasthan city of Jodhpur.
This is a very spicy curry, so feel free to adapt it to your own palate. It is a semi-dry curry and goes great with steamed Basmati rice.
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 8 oz. paneer, chopped (Indian fresh cheese)
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 8 green chiles, split
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 teaspoons ginger paste
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- salt, to taste
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 inch piece of ginger
- 4 cloves garlic
- 3 dried red chiles
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Using a coffee/spice grinder, grind ginger, garlic and red chiles with 1 tablespoon water to a paste.
Heat oil in a deep skillet and deep fry paneer until browned on all sides. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
Add cumin seeds and onions to the oil and fry until golden.
Add ginger paste, red chile paste, tomatoes and green chiles, along with water.
Fry for about 10 minutes until almost all the liquid is gone.
Add paneer, salt and garam masala.
Cook another 2-3 minutes, until paneer is heated through.
To serve, garnish with chopped cilantro.
I adjusted the recipe to my palate, but you can use up to 12 green chiles.
If you’d like to try a few other Rajasthani dishes to complete this meal, here’s a few others I’ve done:
- Khoba Roti (specialty flatbread of the state)
- Khoya Matar (green peas in milk gravy)
- Jaisalmer Chana (black chickpeas in yogurt gravy)
- Palak Mangodi (spinach with sun dried lentils)
- Bajra Ki Kheer (millet pudding dessert)
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