so...three meals left before the 'end'! coming in at number three, with sunday curry in mind, we of course chose a recipe from the awesome rick stein, and his vegetarian aloo muttar paneer; translated....spicy fried-potato curry with paneer cheese and peas.
this is the second time we've cooked paneer as the focus of a curry; we previously tried a recipe by atul kochhar of saag paneer which wasn't wholly successful. i used the lessons learnt from that experience to ensure the sections of paneer were slimmer (approximately 1x1x2cm) in proportion, and then i lightly fried them all round to create a crispy outer coating to the cheese. coupled with the crispy potato, which was cut with a similar shape, this created a good foundation to the recipe.
the green vegetable introduced a fresh juiciness not present in the other ingredients. we actually didn't have the allotted amount of garden peas, so added some green beans that we had in the freezer to compensate. this happy accident worked out quite well, and visually the green beans looked great.
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having learnt from the previous time we cooked paneer, this meal was streets ahead in flavour and texture. because of the crispy outer coating of the paneer, the texture of the cheese felt less artificial and alien. as with all rick stein curries, the spices were perfectly balanced and was gorgeously aromatic. finally the freshness and juiciness of the greens were crucial to provide a contrast to the soft potatoes and cheese.
from start to plate : 45 minutes
good for : lessons learnt