Thursday, February 21, 2013

Paneer Simla Mirch - Cottage Cheese with Green Bell Pepper

With  a working twosome, it is always a challenge to get the lunch boxes ready. With A helping me with the Lunch boxes every day, life definitely looks easy. Once I received a post from a friend to give her lunch box ideas, I think ‘Paneer Simla Mirch’ (Cottage Cheese with Green Bell Pepper) with Indian flat Breads (Roti/Chapati) is an excellent flavorful Lunch Box Idea. We threw in all that were handy and are an integral part of a Vegetarian dish and the result was lip smacking.

Here is what you will need to make  Paneer Simla Mirch (Cottage Cheese with Green Bell Pepper):

Paneer / Cottage Cheese – 200 gms – cubed
Green Bell Pepper / Capsicum – 1 medium- chopped
Tomato – 1 medium – chopped
Onions – 2 Medium – thinly sliced
Ginger – 1” stick
Garlic – 6 cloves
Green Chili – 3 – broken from between (I made a paste of Ginger Garlic and Green Chili in my blender)
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder – 1.2 tsp
Red Chili Powder – 1tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar to balance
Cooking Oil


·         Heat Oil in a Pan and add the Cumin Seeds and let them splutter
·         Fry the Onion slices till translucent
·         Add the Ginger-Garlic-Green Chili Paste and cook for 2-3 minutes
·         Add the Green Bell Peppers and cook for about 5 minutes
·         Add the chopped Tomatoes and cook some more
·         Add the dry spices like Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Garam Masala Powder, Red Chili Powder, Salt and Sugar – cook till the flavors incorporate into each other
·         Add the Cottage Cheese Cubes and mix well, make sure all Cottage Cheese pieces get well coated with the Spices
·         Once you add Cottage Cheese, it will take a maximum of 5-7 minutes to get ready
·         Add very little water and let the flavors soak in
·         This will be a dry dish, once desired consistency is reached, turn off the stove
·         Serve with Indian Flat Breads

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