Badami Matar Paneer (Almond Cottage Cheese Curry with Fresh Green Peas)

This one has become a new staple in the house. Also so warming and comforting on especially on rainy days. Bay Area weather has been fluctuating like crazy past two weeks. Its summer suddenly in the middle of January. Such a relief I must say because it feels like winter again for the next few weeks. Just like it should be 🥶 🤩🙌🏼 

The recipe for Badami Matar Paneer is really simple. Its one pot + nutribullet haha. It comes out really creamy. The soft paneer and green peas combo is a classic. We legit quaff these down with warm naan bread and ghee whale chawal (basmati rice with clarified butter/ghee). Sharing steps by step of the recipe below –

Ingredients: Serves 4-5

3 cups cottage cheese chunks
1/3 cup whole raw almonds

2 Thai chillies

3 whole cardamom pods
1 medium-sized roughly chopped white onion
2 roughly Roma tomatoes
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

3 cups cottage cheese chunks
1/3 cup whole raw almonds

2 Thai chillies

3 whole cardamom pods
1 medium-sized roughly chopped white onion
2 roughly Roma tomatoes
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

For Garnishing:
fresh cilantro
1 tbsp crushed fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)

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Method:

*Heat oil in a deep pan. Roast onions, tomatoes, cardamom pods, thai chilies, whole almonds with skin in a deep pan with oil.
*Once onions and tomatoes start to look golden brown turn off flame and let the mix cool.
*After 20 minutes or so add a 1 cup of cold water so its cool enough before we make a purée. Grind the mixture thoroughly to a smooth paste in your vitamix or nutribullet.
*Add ghee in the same pan, add cumin seeds and add the paste back again. Heat them on a low flame giving it a stir. Add water per your consistency preference. If serving with naan let it be a little thicker and if serving with rice add 1 more cup of water, and let it simmer stirring it occasionally. Add all the spices , and cook until the mixture bubbles.
*Once you see bubbling, add the kitchen king masala, green peas, and cottage cheese chunks.
*Add salt to taste and add some water depending on the consistency you prefer for the sauce.
*Plate in a bowl, and garnish with some cilantro and kasuri methi.
*Serve with Basmati rice, Naan or Ghee phulkas 🙂 <3

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Rinky