This is one of my very favorite side dish as it has the two main ingredients that I love the most and which never fail to impress my kids. No matter wherever I go out for dinner out I used to end up ordering this side dish till learned to make it on my own. And oh boy I was only too glad when I started making this on my own.
I like using the fresh ones instead of the frozen ones and I don’t like replacing the fresh ones with dried ones either. So whenever the peas are in season this dish is repeated recurrence in the dining table. I used my old Microwave oven only for reheating purposes as I did not have any idea how to use it effectively. I bought a new one with the convection mode after giving the old one to a bachelor friend of my Husband. I vowed that I would start cooking many dishes and ended up converting many dishes of day to day cooking in the stove to be cooked in micro wave. This is one such dish.
- Fresh green peas (cooked) – 1 cup
- Paneer – 200 gms
- Onion – 2
- Tomatoes – 3
- Broken cashew nuts – 1 tbsp
- Turmeric powder – ½ tsp (optional)
- Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Coriander powder – 1 tsp
- Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
- Kasuri methi – ½ tsp
- Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Oil – 1 tbsp
- Ghee – 1 tbsp
- Cream – 2 tsp (optional)
Cube the paneer and spread them over a Microwave safe plate. Apply 2 tsp of ghee evenly so that all the cubes are coated uniformly. Microwave high for 2 min or till they turn a golden color. Put the fried cubes in some warm water so that they remain soft. Cut the onions and tomatoes into chunks.
In a Microwave safe dish mix together onions, tomatoes, cashews with 2 tsp of oil and Microwave @ 100% for 3 min with the dish half closed with a Microwave safe plate or lid. Let it cool and grind it in a mixer with little water along with the turmeric powder to a fine paste.
In the same dish heat the remaining oil and ghee. Now add the chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and Microwave @ 100% for 1 minute (open). Add the peas, salt and ground paste to it and some water if needed as per the consistency that you prefer. Mix well and Microwave high for 4 mins (half closed).
Now add the paneer cubes, kasuri methi, coriander leaves. Mix well and Microwave at high for 1 to 2 mins. Let it stand for a couple of minutes before serving it with a swirl of cream on top. This goes well with chapattis, puris or Naan.
This is off to Microwave cooking event, featuring Protein rich diet hosted by Ramya.