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Adapted from Pooja
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon of black cardamon seeds
1 star anise
1/4 cup of raw cashews
1 1/2 teaspoons of poppy seeds
400 grams of paneer cheese, cubed
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 clove of garlic, minced or crushed
2 - 3 green chilies or jalapenos
2 fresh bay leaves
2 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of turmeric
1 teaspoon of garam masala
3/4 teaspoons of ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
3 medium-large tomatoes, finely chopped
14 ounces (397 grams) of mushrooms, sliced
2/3 cup of fresh peas
3/4 cup of cream or yogurt
1 teaspoon of dried fenugreek leaves (methi)
sea salt to taste
fresh parsley, chopped, for garnishing
butter and oil for frying
Dry roast the cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamon seeds, star anise and cumin seeds in a frying pan over medium low heat until the cumin seeds change colour a few shades and the spices are aromatic. Transfer to a spice grinder and grind until you have a powder. Set aside.
Grind the cashews and poppy seeds together with a few tablespoons of water into a paste. Set aside.
In a large frying pan, heat a few tablespoons of butter over medium heat. When hot, add the cubed paneer cubes and cook, gently flipping the cubes often, until the paneer is golden brown on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
In a large pot, heat a few teaspoons of butter and oil over medium heat. When hot, add the onions to the pan and stir and fry until they soften and begin to brown. Add the ginger and garlic to the pot and stir and fry for another minute. Now add the ground dry roasted spices, the chili powder, turmeric, paprika, cayenne, ground cumin, coriander, garam masala, hot peppers, and the mint and bay leaves. Stir and fry for another minute.
Add the chopped tomatoes and mushrooms to the pan and simmer until the mushrooms just begin to turn tender. Toss in the fresh peas, cream, cashew poppy paste, methi leaves and salt and simmer until the peas are cooked - roughly another 10 minutes.
Reduce the heat to low, add the fried paneer cubes, cover and gently simmer for another few minutes. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
Serve with any Indian flatbread or over hot basmati rice.
Serves 4 - 6.
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