Winters…Oh winters, please come soon!! Yeah, my beloved season, Winters. It is joyous to see the vegetable markets flooding with loads of healthy veggies and fresh greens especially fenugreek (methi), Spinach(palak), amaranth, dill, green onions and so on. I would be so frequent in relishing the different combination and delicacies of fresh fenugreek, as am so much obsessed with it. Few weeks back when my guests arrived, they preferred to have vegetarian menu over non-vegetarian. This Paneer-methi bhurji was standing out of all the vegetarian spread on the dining table to earn accolades from my guests. That time I dint think that it would be such a hit so didn’t think of writing up and sharing on my blog until I got a exuberant feedback. Recently when I got a craving to have it once again, I made up my mind to make it again and cook, shoot and share this time. So here is how we can do it…
200 gms, paneer (cottage cheese), crumbled
1½ cup, fresh fenugreek leaves, roughly torn/chopped
1 nos, large onion, finely chopped
¾ cup, tomatoes, blanched, peeled and finely chopped
4-5 nos, garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp, ginger juliennes
5-6 nos, black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 inch cinnamon stick
½ tsp, cumin seeds
¼ tsp, turmeric powder
1 tsp, red chili powder
1 tsp, coriander powder
¾ tsp, cumin powder
1 tsp, garam masala powder
Juice of half lemon
½ tsp, sugar
Salt as per taste
2 tbsp, oil/ ghee
In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil. Add bay leaf, pepper corn, cumin seeds, cinnamon sticks, allow them to crackle. Add chopped garlic and fry till golden brown(do not burn).
Add onions, sauté on high heat for a minute. Add little salt and fry till it turns soft and pink
Add tomatoes, sauté for a minute on high heat
Add turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and mix well.
Add fenugreek leaves and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes on high heat (do not cover and cook)
Add ginger juliennes, garam masala powder, lemon juice, salt, sugar and mix well. Cook till the water released by methi (fenugreek) dries up a bit.
Add crumbled paneer and gently mix. Cook for another minute
Dish out, and serve hot with parathas, naan, pav, flavored bread slices or even Dal/rice.