Thursday, February 4, 2010

Okra paneer masala

Okra (lady's fingers) - 250 gms, cut into 1 inch pieces
Paneer – 250 gms, cut into 1 inch long rectangles
Onions – 2 large, sliced
Tomatoes – 2 medium, cut into small pieces
Green chillies – 3/4 , slit sidewise
Ginger – 1 inch piece, cut into tiny pieces
Coconut milk - 1 cup
Pepper powder – as needed
Chilli powder - teaspoon
Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
Monosodium glutamate (optional)
Sugar (optional)
Curry leaves

Marinate the okra and paneer pieces in pepper powder and salt for half an hour.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry them separately and keep aside.
Add the chillies, ginger and some curry leaves to the oil. Then add the onions and sauté well. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder and mix well.
Add the tomato pieces, followed by salt, sugar and monosodium glutamate and mix well. Add the okra and paneer pieces and stir well. Pour the coconut milk, mix well, cover with a lid and cook until there is no water content.
Take off the stove and garnish with curry leaves.

Postscript: We used paneer in this recipe because some members in our family don't like okra! :D

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