Paneer cheese has a mild flavor and a soft texture with a high melting point, making it the perfect vehicle to capture and carry spices and seasonings. Chunks of paneer cheese adds character and substance to curries, and this one was no exception. Following along with my obsession with all things coconut lately, I couldn't resist raiding a block of paneer cheese from my stock in the freezer and giving it the coconut treatment.
Here the multitude of vibrant spices is nicely tempered and somewhat muted by nutty cashews, soothing coconut and luscious cheese. The paneer is gently simmered in an aromatic cashew and tomato gravy with coconut milk with some extra creaminess from rich Greek yogurt added near the end of the cooking time. The play of taste sensations is one you won't soon forget, and your kitchen will smell heavenly hours after dinner has been enjoyed.
Don't let the rather long list of ingredients intimidate you. Really, it is a straightforward dish to prepare with minimal preparation.
|Paneer Cheese in an Aromatic Cashew Coconut Gravy (Paneer Korma)|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on June 2, 2014
Plump green peas and tender pieces of paneer cheese simmered in a fragrant and delicious spiced cashew, tomato and coconut sauce
More satisfying paneer creations to stimulate the appetite:
Paneer Mushroom Masala
Paneer Tomato Curry with Indian and Thai Flavors
Asparagus with Shredded Paneer and Tomato
Butter Paneer Masala
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