Anyways, I still was enthusiastic enough to give it a try. I'm an optimist, when it comes to cooking!
I started frying them in a generous amount of oil in my large stainless steel sauté pan, leaving enough space between them to avoid breaking them while turning. I was doing it on a comparitively high heat, and as expected some pieces of paneer started to stick to the base and wouldn't turn. I reduced heat and started to scratch the base to free it of the paneer sticking to the floor. I reduced the heat further. And only after hald a minute I found the rest of them allmoving easily and not sticking any more. And then it struck me....oh yes....what a fool I've been all the time. I had been using tooo high temperaure! So, now i know it should not more thn medium heat while fring them sohtta they get a gentle golden yellow colour.. And this was fun to do too!
So, this is my recipe, where the only thing I missed was fresh coriander (cilantro):
200 g Paneer (Indian cottage cheese), sliced into 1 cm x 3 cm strips, 1 cm thick
2 small onion, peeled and cut into slices
1 1/2 large tomatoes, cut into thick slices or large cubes
1 -1/2 green bellpepper, diced into large pieces
200 g crimini mushrooms, stalks removed and cleaned with a wet paper towel
1 cm piece of ginger, finely chopped or grated
1 pinch chilli
1 tbsp corinader powder
1 tsp pav bhaji masala
(optionally garam masala)
12 mint leaves, finely chopped
salt to taste
- Cut the block of paneer into pieces and fry on medium heat in a generous layer of oil in a sautè pan on one side till a slight golden colour appears on them. Fry the other side till they turn soft. Set aside.
- Sauté the mushrooms, green bellpeppers and onions together in the remainig oil on high heat. If required, remove excess oil before.
- Reduce heat after 4-5 minutes to medium and add ginger and all the spices and salt. Stir. Cover lid and cook for a few minutes
- Add tomatoes and paneer. Cook further and switch off the heat before the tomatoes lose shape.
- Add mint, stir. Serve with indian bread, naan, or parantha.