As you all must be aware by now, my best friend was visiting me from India with her family. They were here for nearly a month. Although I had planned to make many dishes for them, I was pressed for time. We were always on the go. Theme parks, shopping and local sightseeing took up most of the time and whatever was left was spent in chit chatting. I still however managed to make some of her and my favorite dishes like Dum Aloo, No Bake Eggless Oreo Cake, Mango Mastani, Baked Parmesan Garlic Potato Fingers, Rainbow Smoothies, Bhel Puri, Broccoli Oats Chilla/Pancakes, Green Peas Pulav and Traditional Curd Rice.
Although we talk nearly everyday despite being in 2 different continents, when she came here, we still had a lot to talk about. KR used to tease us on how much we chatted or gossiped. But it truly was one helluva month with my bestie. It’s amazing how friendships work. Despite not having met each other for 3 years, we were still the same crazy kind when we met. It was also great bonding with her family. I get to be myself with her without the fear of being judged. She is KR’s favorite too. They have a mutual admiration society going on for each other. I am not complaining. 🙂
Sadly her stay was nearing its end. I wanted to make it special for her so planned on cooking an elaborate meal for them the last night we are all together. She loves paneer and so do we. Hence I thought of making it the hero of my dish. I started browsing online to see what new dish I can make. Paneer Kofta Curry, Spicy Paneer Biryani, Paneer Papad Paratha, Sriracha Paneer are some variations you can also try which taste awesome. But I wanted to try something I have never made before. I started recollecting all paneer dishes on a hotel menu and remembered Paneer Makhani. Every Indian restaurant serves this dish. So I thought this would be an apt recipe to make for my friend.
This is one of the simplest paneer gravy dish I have ever made. Mince garlic using this garlic chopper. Cut paneer into squares. In a flat pan, shallow fry them till they turn golden. Keep them aside.
That evening, our dinner was the most memorable..not just because of the food spread on the dining table but because it was the last time we friends were together enjoying a meal and laughing at old stories till we meet again and do it all.
- 500 gms paneer
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 2 bay leaf
- 1 tin tomato puree
- 2 tsp chilly powder/paprika
- 2 green chillies
- 1 tbp kasoori methi
- 1/4 cup cream
- Mince garlic using this garlic chopper. Cut paneer into squares. In a flat pan, shallow fry them till they turn golden. Keep them aside.
- Heat another pan, melt butter, fry minced garlic, ginger paste and bay leaf for a minute. Then add tomato puree, salt and chilly powder. Mix and saute this mixture for 5-7 minutes on medium flame.
- The tomato gravy will start to thicken. Now add the slit green chillies, kasoori methi and fresh cream. Give it a good mix. Let it cook for a minute or 2. Add the fried paneer pieces before serving.
- Paneer Makhani is ready. Serve it hot with some naan or Sesame flavored Rice or even Saffron Rice.
I will surely miss my best friend, now that she has gone back to India. This one month was truly amazing. Its filled with lots of happy memories and laughter. I am glad that I got to spend quality time with her after ages. I know this is not the last time and we will get many more such opportunities. I am just glad this happened. I could be there for her like she has always been there for me. Cheers to such friendships! I wish the same for you too. This time, I dedicate my post to my BFF – Shailee!
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