Paneer is a fresh cheese made from milk. It can be purchased from Indian or Pakistani grocery stores or it can be made at home. This is a very good Instructable to make paneer. I have successfully substituted chicken for paneer with this recipe and it is just as delicious. I have also made Butter Chicken with this recipe in a crockpot. I browned the chicken first, added the rest of the ingredients and let it simmer on low for about 3 hours or more. Then I added the finishing cream, butter and cilantro at serving time.
Step 1: Ingredients
1 bay leaf
2 large onions, puree
1/2 tablespoon minced ginger
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tbsps cashew paste
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground fenugreek
2 tsp garam masala powder
sea salt and black pepper to taste
6 - 12 ounces paneer
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp fresh cream
fresh coriander - chopped for garnish
Step 2: Get the Ingredients Ready
Skin the onions and blanch them in hot water for 3 minutes or until cooked, then puree in a blender them to form a paste.
I used canned, diced tomatoes. You could use 3 large fresh tomatoes, blanch in same hot water as the onions and puree in a blender.
Measure the spices fenugreek, coriander powder, turmeric, garam masala, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/2 tsp salt.
Step 3: Brown the Onion Paste
Step 4: Add Garlic and Ginger
Step 5: Add Tomatoes and Chili Powder
I used Aleppo Pepper from the Spice House. It isn't a very hot red chili pepper. If you prefer it spicy, choose a different chili powder or add more.