The past few weekends Joe and I have been taking advantage of the awesome weather and getting out of town and just enjoying life. While I love every moment of this it means that most Thursdays I’m trying to figure out how to use up as many leftovers as possible in order to avoid coming home to a science experiment gone wrong. The other week we were left with paneer, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and a bit of rice. Normally this combination has me going to my wok for a stir fry but I wanted to try something different and see if I could make a dry curry. I searched the web to see what spices would work best and found tons of recipes for Paneer Do Pyaza which is essentially a paneer and onion curry featuring tomatoes. While I didn’t have enough tomatoes or onion to recreate any of the dishes I found I did have enough total vegetables and so I set off to my kitchen. Since everything was pre-chopped from the earlier meals this dinner came together in record time – from the time I turned the burner on to when we were sitting down to eat maybe 20 minutes past most of which was waiting for the spices to wake up and the paneer to brown.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp cumin seed
1/4 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
3 cloves garlic
1/4 inch piece of ginger, shredded
8 oz paneer, cubed
1 onion, diced
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup water or vegetable stock
- Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat, add the cumin, tumeric, cayanne, and chili powders. Cook, stirring frequently, for 60 seconds before adding the garlic and ginger. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
- Add the paneer and cook 5 minutes on each side until starts to brown, add the remaining vegetables and cook for 3 minutes before adding the water/vegetable stock. Bring to a quick boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Serve over rice and enjoy!
There are few things as amazing as a quick and easy dinner – one of which is a quick and easy dinner that also tastes out of this world! If I had more time, and wasn’t trying to get things out of my fridge, I would have made some fresh naan to go with this yummy curry.