Paneer Pepper Masala, yet another yummy Paneer Gravy and a wonderful accompaniment for any Indian Breads! Crushed Peppercorns sauted in ghee adds a nice and rich flavour to the whole dish. Cottage cheese in pepper gravy is one of the famous dish in many of the Indian Restaurants. I have seen many foreigners ordering either paneer in pepper gravy. A nice and simple dish that goes well with any Indian breads. This time, I served this yummy gravy with Methi Pulao and my family enjoyed the combo. Even with vegetable pulao or plain jeera rice, this Panner Pepper Masala (Cottage Cheese in Pepper Gravy) would be a best accompaniment. 


Paneer Pepper Masala Recipe | Cottage Cheese in Pepper Gravy Recipe
Paneer Pepper Masala Recipe | Cottage Cheese in Pepper Gravy Recipe


Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time10 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Servings4

Paneer Pepper Masala Recipe | Cottage Cheese in Pepper Gravy Recipe
Paneer Pepper Masala Recipe | Cottage Cheese in Pepper Gravy Recipe

Ingredients:
Paneer (Cottage Cheese)250gms
Onion2
Tomato3
Ginger1 inch Piece
Green Chilli1
Garlic Cloves
Yogurt / Curd1/4 Cup
Bay Leaf1
Cinnamon Stick1
Cloves5
Cardamom4
Red Chilli Powder1/2 teaspoon
Crushed Pepper Corns1/2 tablespoon
Coriander Powder1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder1/4 teaspoon
Kasoori Metho- 1 tablespoon
Oil1 tablespoon
Cashews5-6
Ghee2 tablespoon


Paneer Pepper Masala Recipe | Cottage Cheese in Pepper Gravy Recipe
Paneer Pepper Masala Recipe | Cottage Cheese in Pepper Gravy Recipe


Method:
  1. Finely slice the onions and chop the tomatoes and set it aside in a plate
  2. Take the green chilli, garlic and ginger in a mixer jar and grind it to a nice paste by adding little water.

  3. I have ground the  whole peppercorns to a coarse powder. It is very important to have freshly crushed pepper corns instead of the store bought pepper powder to make this dish really delicious and spicy. Heat a pan and add oil. Add the whole masalas like Bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom and saute them all in oil for couple of minutes

  4. Then add finely sliced onions and saute them along with a pinch of salt till the onions turn translucent. Then add the ground green chilli-garlic-ginger paste and saute it for another minute. Then add the finely chopped tomatoes and mix well 

  5. Allow the tomatoes to cook nicely till they get nicely mushy. Then add red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Allow the onion-tomato gravy to cook for another minute and then switch off the flame. 

  6. Allow the tomato-onion gravy to cool off completely and then add it to the mixer along with cashew nuts and grind it to a nice and smooth paste by adding a cup of water. Heat ghee in a pan, and add crushed pepper corns and fry in medium flame for 2-3 minutes. Frying pepper in ghee is the main step which add a nice and rich pepper flavour to the dish. 

  7. Next, add ground tomato-onion paste and and allow it to boil for 5 minutes in low flame. Then, add crushed kasoori methi and  stir well. Then add yogurt and mix well. We can also add fresh cream which will add a nice flavour and texture. Then, add the cubed paneer and mix well. Adjust salt if needed. Allow the paneer pepper masala is boil for 5-6 minutes in low flame and then switch off the flame. For extra flavour, we can finally garnish the masala by sprinkling crushed peppercorns. 

  8. Serve the delicious Paneer Pepper Masala is now ready to serve with any Indian breads!!!
  9. Paneer Pepper Masala Recipe | Cottage Cheese in Pepper Gravy Recipe
    Paneer Pepper Masala Recipe | Cottage Cheese in Pepper Gravy Recipe

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