I had few visiting friends last week whom I invited over lunch. Whenever there are guests at home, my concentration is more on the starters / appetisers rather / other than mains. It is with appetisers / starters that we get cosy with guests / friends whom we are meeting after quite sometime. Meeting people is a breakthrough from an everyday routined life, hence it has to be a relaxed one with an equally convenient ambience and good food. As a host, I / we always try to make our guests feel comfortable and happy.
In any get togethers at home, I prefer to keep both non vegetarian and vegetarian appetisers for my guests. On that particular day, it was an all ladies treat over lunch. So appetisers were less in number.... a fruit chat, a non vegetarian starter and this vegetarian starter of Pan Fried Spicy Paneer. I served it on a bed of sautéed onion and chillies. Let us prepare this quick and easy dish of Pan Fried Spicy Paneer together.
INGREDIENTS :[for the pan fried paneer]
Paneer : 300gm
Cumin Powder : 1/2tsp
Coriander Powder : 1/2tsp
Aamchur Powder : 1/2tsp
Garam Masala Powder : 1/2tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1/2tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Salt : As Required
Mustard Oil : 2+3 tbsp [for colour, other oils can be used]
INGREDIENTS : [ for the sautéed onion and chillies]
Onion : 2 medium to big
Red Chilli : 2 those big, fat variety
Green Chilli : 2 those big, fat variety
Black Pepper Powder : 1/2tsp
Chat Masala : 1/2tsp
Salt : As Required
Oil : 2tsp
Cut the paneer block into smaller cubes. Marinate the paneer cubes with all the spice powders, salt and 2tbsp mustard oil. Keep aside for half an hour.
Peel, wash and slice the onions. Wash and chop the chillies.
Heat 2tsp oil in a wok. Add the sliced onions, saute till soft and pink. Add the chopped chillies. Once they are a bit soft, add salt, black pepper and chat masala. Stir well for a minute.
Transfer to a serving plate.
Heat 3tbsp oil in a pan, Gently place the marinated paneer cubes on the pan discarding the marinade. We will cook all sides for 1-2 minutes each at low heat.
Transfer to a tissue paper and then on to the sautéed onion slices and chillies.
Serve hot with your choice of chutney.