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I have no time to try out new recipes so I am sticking to my old time favorites, at least until we move. Nothing beats the comfort of familiar homecooked food when stress levels are high. So if you need some comfort food why not try this Spicy Lamb Kebab Chutney, a typically South African Indian version of meatballs.

The tomato sauce or chutney for this sauce is made from tomatoes with a few simple spices and can be used as a base for many other dishes too. You will see from the recipe that the kebabs are spicy so you don’t need an overly spiced chutney. Feel free to reduce to the amount of chilli and chilli powder according to your preference.

Spicy Lamb Kebab Chutney is also a great make ahead dish. It freezes well so you can cook a big batch and freeze them for those lazy days or if you need a meal in a hurry.In our home we usually serve this lamb dish with Roti or naan bread, you always have to have that bread to dunk into the tomato chutney.

The lamb kebabs can be shallow fried or cooked in the oven but be sure not to overcook them. It just needs a few minutes of cooking on each side, they need to be tender and succulent.My food processor is one of my most loved gadgets in the kitchen, makes life really easy. I used mine to blend the ingredients for the kebabs, I didn’t make mine into a fine paste. I prefer my onion and herbs a little chunky but you can make yours into a smooth paste, especially if you don’t really like tasting the onion

Please do try my recipe and I would love to hear your comments.

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  1. To make the lamb kebabs add one onion, 2 green chillies, ginger/garlic paste, kashmiri chilli powder, cumin, turmeric, garam masala, salt, mint and coriander leaves to a food processor and process until it resembles a rough paste or smooth if your prefer
  2. Chop up the spring onion and add to this mixture. Add mince and egg and mix it well
  3. Divide the mixture into equal sized balls and side aside
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil and fry the lamb kebabs and set aside. Be careful not to overcook them.
  5. For the Chutney Heat 2 tablespoons oil and add the onion, chilli and curry leaf
  6. Saute the onion until it's translucent. Add the garlic and saute for another minute
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I haven’t spent much time in my kitchen the last few days, it’s been light meals and rushing around. My middle son has started college, and yes he is studying at a culinary school, wants to become a chef so he can teach his mum a few professional tricks. Our home feels empty with 2 of my boys now almost out the house, my 17 year old is staying at the college residence. Although he drove me crazy when he was at home I miss him terribly. The only positive is that I got to cook a Spicy Durban Chicken Curry, only because I didn’t have to hear his moans about the fact that he hates Chicken Curry and even more so if it was chicken on the bone.

This Spicy Durban Chicken Curry will definitely tantalize your tastebuds with it’s robust flavours. There are many different versions of cooking a chicken curry but my favourite is this one, cooked the South African Indian way with no fancy frills, just plain old chicken curry.

If you have eaten a curry cooked in a South African Indian home you will know a lot of our meat dishes are cooked with meat on the bone. The bone adds loads of flavour to the sauce or gravy as we know.

We do cook our chicken curry very similar to the way we would cook a Durban Lamb Curry https://itsallaboutthekitchen.co.za/recipe/durban-lamb-curry/ . There’s is no quick fix to cooking a delicious curry, you cannot achieve the same results if you just add all the ingredients to the pot and just cook it in a hurry. You do have to layer the flavours, saute your onion and garlic, roast your spices and let the curry simmer on a low heat. The longer it simmers the more flavourful it becomes. It’s even more delicious if you allow it to stand for a while before serving.

I remember my mum sometimes cooked the chicken curry and then popped it into the oven for a short while, this totally enhanced the flavour of the curry. Like I have mentioned in a previous post it is best to roast your spices and grind them, you can store them in an airtight bottle. I don’t grind a whole lot, just enough to last me a couple of weeks so that way I know it still maintains its freshness. Nothing beats freshly ground spices.

If you love curries then you may also want to try some of these recipes:

https://itsallaboutthekitchen.co.za/recipe/mince-curry-potatoes/

https://itsallaboutthekitchen.co.za/recipe/gadra-borlotti-bean-curry/


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  1. Heat ghee and add the whole spices, cinnamon, bay leaf, elachie, black elachie, star aniseed. When it becomes fragrant add onion, chilli and curry leaf
  2. Saute until onion is slightly brown
  3. Add ginger/garlic paste and saute for a further minute
  4. Add the ground spices, coriander, cumin, soomph, chilli powder, masala and turmeric
  5. Mix well, add a few drops of water to prevent scorching and fry for a minute
  6. Add the chicken and potatoes. Season with salt. Simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and simmer for another 5 minutes
  7. Add half cup of water and simmer until potatoes are tender and soft. The tomatoes and amount of water I've added creates enough gravy, however you can add more if required. Please note that your gravy should be thick, not runny
  8. Sprinkle in the garam masala and crush the methi leaves with your fingertips and add it in. Mix well. Turn heat off and allow your curry to stand at least half an hour before serving.
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I did post another version of my Vegetable Breyani or Biryani previously. However, this South African Vegetable Biryani is a long winded version and I would say more delicious. It is worth all the effort you put into it though.

This flavour-packed rice dish is an absolute favourite amongst vegetarians and goes down a treat even with meat-eaters. I call this South African Vegetable Biryani my “wedding version” as it tastes just like the one that was served at Indian weddings.  Especially if it’s accompanied by Dhall, you can double the recipe here, and a crunchy carrot salad. In South Africa Vegetable Biryani is typically served with dhall, do try it and you will thank me.

My list of spices may seem like a lot but it is these long list of spices that brings this delectable recipe together. South African Vegetable Biryani is a bold and flavorful dish. If it’s too spicy for you then you can always cool it down with some yogurt or raita. Lots of different vegetable can be used to create this dish but I prefer to use firm vegetable. There’s nothing worse than a mushy biryani. You have to be careful not to overcook your rice too.

Cooking the Biryani in the oven for an hour definitely keeps the grains whole and separated. I find that I am more in control of my cooking when it’s cooked in the oven. Biryani can easily scorch on the stovetop, if you not careful and it can be easily overcooked too. Rice is usually half-cooked before being added to the spiced veggies and you can add some turmeric or a little sprinkling of egg-yellow food colouring for the yellow colour. I love the addition of potatoes and you can steam and fry your potatoes. This method keeps the potatoes whole and speeds up the cooking process.


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  1. Cook the rice together with the elachie, cinnamon stick, some salt and turmeric (only if you not using food colouring) and set aside. If you are using food colouring sprinkle some over the rice but do not mix yet.

  2. Steam potatoes for a few minutes until almost cooked, season with some salt and shallow fry. Set aside

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon vegetable or light olive oil. Add the cumin seeds and once it starts to burst add the cinnamon stick, black cardamom, star aniseed. Once fragrant add the bay leaf and onion together with the thyme and curry leaf

  4. Once onion is translucent add the ginger/garlic paste and fry for a minute

  5. Add the ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, soomph, chilli powder and masala. Add a few drops of water and cook for a couple of minutes

  6. Add the vegetable, mix well. Season with salt. Cover and cook on medium heat. After 5 minutes add the mint and tomatoes. If your vegetable is drying up too quickly add some water and lower the temperature until the vegetable is cooked and tender.

  7. Add the rice and potatoes to the veggies. Mix it all together. Add a cup and a half of water. Scatter the cubes of butter over the rice and cook in the oven at 180 degrees celcius for 1 to 1&1/2 hours.


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For the vegetable, you can steam it for a few minutes until it's tender or you can cook it from scratch with the spices. I did steam my vegetable before adding to my spices. When adding the food colouring to the rice let is stand for a few minutes before using a fork to mix the colouring into the rice, this way it you will create little specks of colour in the rice. Do not substitute the butter with margarine, the flavour will definitely not be the same.


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I know, you must think I’m crazy, making lamb stew in summer. My 10-year-old has been nagging me to make him Lamb Stew for a few weeks now. I’ve brushed off his request but today the weather was slightly cooler, a little overcast and looked as if it was going to rain. So I thought it was my chance to get that Lamb Stew out-of-the-way, I hope he won’t ask again until Winter arrives.

You should have seen that face light up when he got home from school. It makes it all worth it if my kids are happy. It’s also a good way to get them to eat their veggies, what’s more nutritious than a wholesome stew loaded with veggies.

If I had more time in the day I would make some freshly baked bread rolls to go with the stew. Nothing beats dunking some fresh bread into all that delicious sauce. I don’t have time so they will have to settle for store-bought bread rolls. I have a cousin who makes a super delicious lamb potjie and my kids think it’s the best thing ever. A potjie in the week will obviously not be a wise decision so I normally turn it into a stew. She did give me the recipe but I didn’t make it exactly like her potjie,  however, it still tastes absolutely yummy. You can’t beat the comfort you get from a good home-cooked stew.

I added carrots, baby marrows and potatoes to my stew but you can use any veggies of your choice. Please be careful when adding veggies to the stew, as some cook quicker than others.  It’s also best to let your stew simmer on low heat until you get melt-in-your-mouth lamb. Please do try it, if you want to wait until Winter that’s okay too.

 

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  1. Heat oil on medium heat. Mix the flour into the lamb cubes and season with a little salt and some pepper. Brown meat and set aside
  2. In the same pot add onion, bay leaf and thyme, rosemary and chilli. Add a few drops more oil if required. Once onion is translucent add the garlic and sauté for a minute
  3. Add the chilli powder and fry for a minute. Add the lamb back to the pot and mix well.
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook until the sauce is nearly dry. Mix the stock cube in one cup of warm water and add to the lamb
  5. Cook for about 15 minutes until lamb is half-cooked. Add the carrots and potatoes. Simmer on low heat until the potatoes and carrots are tender. Add another half cup of water if required
  6. Add the baby marrows and cook until they are tender
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If you the tomatoes are too acidic you can add a pinch of sugar to your stew

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Mince Curry with Potatoes was often cooked by my mum when I still lived at home, all of my mums lamb dishes were out of this world, delicious. My kids always rave about her cooking and insist that I cook lamb dishes exactly like “Ma”.

Most South African curries are cooked in a similar way to this Mince Curry with Potatoes, my Durban Lamb Curry is one of them. Although most curries are cooked the same way it’s always about getting the balance of spices right to make an amazing curry. I sometimes mix my own masala but I find a store bought one is so much more convenient, especially if you don’t have all the spices to go into making your own masala. . I must also admit living in Johannesburg is not the same as Durban where you have a spice shop around every corner and sometimes it is a challenge when you run out of spices. However, even store bought masala can ruin your curry if it’s not a great tasting masala. Over the years I’ve tried many different brands and although I try and stick to the one’s I love, I’ve had my fair share of disappointments with this too. So you will find that you may need to change your brand from time to time, I wish store bought masala recipes could be consistent but trust me they never are.

I try and stick to a medium strength masala as I find the extremely hot ones really does ruin the flavours in a curry, I love hot but not so hot that all you can taste is chilli. It’s not that difficult to make your own masala but it is time consuming as I do love roasting and grinding my own fresh spices. I will soon post a recipe for my very own masala.  I use Kashmiri Chilli Powder more for the bright colour it adds to my curries, it’s a South African thing, your curry has to look the right colour.  Anything but a bright red colour is unacceptable by South African Indian standards.

This Mince Curry with Potatoes is spicy, with just the right amount of heat, and mouthwatering. My favourite way to eat it is with fresh, crusty bread and sambals. You can also have an Indian version of a sloppy joe using this cooked mince.

 

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  1. Heat oil in a flat pot on medium heat and add cinnamon, bay leaf, star aniseed and black cardamom.
  2. Once it becomes fragrant add curry leaf and onion and sauté until onion is translucent.
  3. Add ginger/garlic paste and sauté for a minute. Add chilli powder, masala, turmeric, fennel, garam masala and cook until it forms a paste, about 2 minutes. Add a few drops of water to prevent scorching.
  4. Add mince meat and potatoes and mix well. Season with salt. Turn the heat to low and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes
  5. Add grated tomatoes and allow it to simmer until potatoes are soft. During the cooking time you can add a 1/4 cup of water or a little more if you feel the curry is drying out. I don’t usually require too much water.
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Vegetable Makhani is similar to Butter Chicken as it’s exactly the same sauce that’s used minus the chicken. It consists of a rich, creamy sauce and cashew nut paste can be added to the sauce but I prefer not to add it, it’s because it feels rather strange adding nuts and fruit to my curries. I grew up eating South African Indian food which is never cooked with any nuts or fruit so I’m not about to start now, well maybe I’m just not that adventurous. All the same this Vegetable Makhani is still absolutely delicious without the nuts.

I remember eating this dish at an authentic Indian restaurant here in Johannesburg and it was the most delicious vegetarian dish I have ever eaten, however I think they got a new chef at the restaurant and it never tasted the same again. So I thought I will try making some myself and I think this recipe is as close to the real thing. It has the right balance of spices and a hint of sweetness, I never liked a sweet curry but these authentic creamy sauces does need that hint of sweetness, it makes all the difference.

You can add any vegetable you want to this dish but I think firmer vegetable works better, it doesn’t get all mushy in the sauce and you can add paneer. I prefer making my own , you can totally omit the spices if you are using my recipe for Spicy Paneer

There’s nothing better than eating this curry with rice or  freshly made naan bread, it’s wonderful to soak up all that sauce, I’m drooling just thinking about it. I prefer to steam my vegetable before adding it to the sauce and I think this is a quick and easy way too. You can add vegetable according to the amount of  sauce you prefer in your curry, if you want a whole lot of sauce then add less vegetable but if you want less sauce you can add more vegetable. I add about 2-3 cups of vegetable together with a little bit of paneer.

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  1. Steam your vegetable for a few minutes until cooked and set aside
  2. Heat oil and add cumin seeds. Once the seeds start to burst add the bay leaf and onion. Sauté the onion until it's translucent. Add the ginger/garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  3. Add the ground cumin, coriander, chilli powder, masala and turmeric. Cook for 2 minutes, it will form a thick paste, add a few drops of water to prevent it from burning
  4. Add tomatoes and yogurt. Season with salt and add the sugar. Cover and simmer on low heat until the tomatoes are cooked, the oil will surface to the top when it is ready.
  5. At this stage remove the bay leaf and blend the sauce until it's smooth. add it back to the pan and add the fresh cream together with the fenugreek leaves, crush this between our fingers and then add it. Add your vegetable and if you are using paneer, you can fry it in a little butter or oil and add it to the sauce. Add garam masala and serve hot with naan bread or rice
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Who doesn’t love Butter Chicken, it is one of the most popular Indian dishes and just the mention of it gets everyone salivating. My kids absolutely love Butter Chicken, although I had to stop making it for a while because they had too much of it and didn’t want to hear the word butter chicken. Now that they’ve had a break they are happy to eat it again and this time it was super-delicious. I’ve created many versions of this recipe and I was never totally satisfied so I’m constantly tweaking my recipe until I know it’s perfect.  I’m hoping this is my final tweak as this recipe couldn’t be more perfect. I must have tried making a hundred different versions, just kidding…well not exactly a hundred but enough to make me crazy. I’ve cooked this chicken dish for all my family and friends and everyone loves it and I’m also sure everyone’s had a different version of this recipe.

I think it’s a really simple dish to prepare and even the most novice cook can make this dish with ease, especially if you have the right recipe and all the ingredients. As I always say freshly roasted and ground spices are the best so if you do have the time it will be worth it. I also love using fresh tomatoes but here in Johannesburg we don’t always get the kind of tomatoes I use in my cooking so I have to sometimes settle for canned tomatoes.

I don’t always use butter when cooking my sauce as the cream adds enough creamy, richness to the dish. However, everybody prefers to cook this dish their way so if you prefer butter or ghee over oil feel free to use it.  This recipe seems to have tick all the boxes for now, although I could change my mind in a few months. I am really indecisive, ask my hubby that sometimes goes shopping with me, my indecisiveness may lead me to create another version of this dish. So if I post another recipe in a few months don’t be too surprised. If you’re looking for a vegetarian dish with the same sort of creamy, delicious sauce then you’ve got to try my Paneer Makhani

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  1. Marinate the chicken with the Tandoori marinade and yogurt and refrigerate for an hour or overnight
  2. Heat oil and add cumin seeds, fry until it starts to burst. Add bay leaf and onion. Sauté until onion is translucent.
  3. Add ginger/garlic paste and fry for a further minute.
  4. Add turmeric, ground cumin, coriander, Kashmiri chilli powder, masala. Mix well and cook the paste for 2 minutes. Add a few drops of water to prevent scorching
  5. Add the tomatoes, season with salt. Add sugar. Cover and simmer on low heat until tomatoes are cooked, about 20 minutes
  6. Whilst the sauce is cooking you can flash fry the chicken or pop it into the oven using the grill function just until it browns. Do not overcook your chicken if using breasts. Set aside
  7. Once the tomatoes are cooked, crush the fenugreek leaves in your hands and add it to the sauce together with the garam masala and cream. Use a stick blend and blend the sauce until it's smooth and creamy
  8. Add the chicken and let it heat through. Switch off the stove and let the chicken cook through in the sauce. Serve with roti, basmati rice or naan bread
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I’m not feeling very well today and I’m totally exhausted. Last night I had to attend my 9 year old’s school concert, all by myself, hubby was away and it’s something I haven’t done in quite a while.  There was a time in my life when I had to do things alone but I’ve forgotten about those lonely, single days. It did make me think of all the single mums and dads out there though and the fact that they probably attend all school functions on their own. I am lucky that I’ve had a second chance with an amazing husband and father who never misses a school meeting or function. Alone or not, the  kids put up one amazing show, happy, confident kids who seemed to have had so much fun. It was so heartwarming to see the bond shared amongst teachers and kids at my son’s new school. I wish more schools could have such warm, loving teachers and a great principal, every time I see her pass a kid at school, she acknowledges them by their name. Something I’ve never seen at any other school my kids have been to. I suppose it makes a difference when it’s a school with a small number of kids but I also think it’s the level of care as a human being, if you care enough you will take a personal interest in the kids at your school. Just my thoughts. I love it when people show care because I love caring for other people and I love being cared for by people. I have a few, select friends and I know these friends truly care about me and likewise I genuinely care about them.  In saying that, I’ve always wanted to be accepted by the world and loved by everyone but I have come to the realization that I am not everybody’s cup of tea, some people just drink coffee. So I’ve given up trying to make new friends or forcing myself onto people who don’t genuinely care for me and I’m in a much happier place. Now that I’ve got that little bit off my chest…onto cooking!

My energy levels wouldn’t permit me to slave over a stove today. I wanted to literally just dump everything into a pot and let it do its thing.  With this dish,I did exactly that (well ok, not exactly but close enough) and it turned  out amazing…well according to my little boy it was “very yummy”.

There’s nothing more comforting than a cheesy, pasta dish. How do people actually live without carbs, I don’t think I ever will. I don’t eat a lot of pasta but when I do make a vegetarian or a chicken one I devour it.

I didn’t use any oil in this pasta dish as the lamb has enough fat but if you are using any other mince you can add a little oil. I love the way the pasta shells gets filled up with the meaty sauce, what can be more comforting than that.

 

 

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  1. Heat a non-stick pan on medium to high heat and brown the mince. Add a tablespoon of cornflour and cook for a minute.
  2. Add the onion, fry until translucent and then add the garlic. Allow it to saute for a minute and add the bay leaf
  3. Add the chilli powder, oreganum, rosemary. Mix well and add the tomato paste. Cook for a minute.
  4. Mix the stock cube in 3 cups of warm water and add to the mince. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the uncooked pasta, cover and cook for 30-45 minutes, depending on the pasta you use. Season with salt and pepper. Please note that the stock cube will already have salt so you may not need too much salt. I also added 3 cups of water but you may need more or less. The pasta shells I used took a while to cook so I needed more water, if you are using smaller pasta that may cook fairly quick you may not require all of the water, so start with 2 cups and add more as you go along. Once the pasta is cooked, add cheese and leave it on the heat for a few minutes until cheese melts.
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Firstly, I’m not even sure what’s the correct word for this dish anymore, far too confusing for my brain. Pilaf or Pulao is supposed to be a dish with a touch of spice and the rice and curry is mixed together and then cooked. Breyani or Biryani on the other hand is supposed to be a layered dish, a little more spicy than a Pilaf. Even for an Indian this can be much too confusing at times. I love food and I love reading all of the history behind some dishes but at the end of the day if something tastes great, quite frankly does it really matter if it’s a Breyani or a Pilaf.

I tried to keep this dish as simple as I could, it can be a tedious task but so worth it so you really don’t mind putting in a bit of effort. It is great to marinate your chicken overnight but if you don’t have the time to prep in advance it’s perfectly ok not to. I decided to make this on the  spur of the moment so I didn’t have time to prep in advance but it still tasted divine. It is a beautiful piquant dish and so worth the effort put into making it.

I used a cup and a half of rice but you an always increase the quantity to two cups. I also used about 80 grams of butter but you can easily leave out the butter or add less butter. If you not eating Pilaf everyday you can indulge in a little extra butter. It’s also best to roast your spices and grind them yourself, nothing beats freshly ground spices, the aroma is nothing compared to a store bought one.

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  1. Wash rice, season with salt and cook until it's half done. Sprinkle a little food colouring in, cover and set aside. Do not mix in the food colouring immediately. After a few minutes it will give the rice a few different tones, when mixed.
  2. Preheat oven to 180 deg celcius. Boil your potatoes until half cooked, season and shallow fry them, set aside
  3. Heat oil on low heat, add the 2 pieces of cinnamon stick, elachie, star aniseed and bay leaf. Fry until fragrant and add onion, curry leaf, chilli and thyme. Sauté the onion until it is a little brown
  4. Add the ginger/garlic paste. Fry for a minute. Add the chilli powder, masala, ground coriander, cumin, soomph, turmeric, ground cardamom and garam masala. Add a few drops water and fry for a minute, then add the yogurt, mix well
  5. Add the chicken and the mint. Season with salt. Cook for 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes. Cover and simmer for a further 10 minutes
  6. Mix the curry, potato and rice together. Place the cubes of butter on top of the rice. Sprinkle a cup of water over the rice and cook in the oven for an hour. You can leave it in for a short while longer if it's not fully cooked and add a few extra drops of water, if required. Once cooked garnish with coriander.
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I used my Spicy Paneer  from the recipe I shared with you previously to make this delicious Paneer Makhani. I have tried many different variations for the sauce and most of it has turned out quite well. Today I wanted a sauce that’s wasn’t overly spiced, just light and creamy but still delicious enough to eat, the paneer was already spicy so this sauce worked perfectly. I think this recipe ticked all the right boxes. I don’t understand many Indian languages, I am from a telegu speaking home so it’s the only Indian language I can understand well but any other Indian language is foreign to me so I had to quickly find out what the word Makhani means. It means “buttery”. From my little research I also discovered that this sauce originated in the 1950’s when Punjabis invented the sauce by mixing fresh butter into a tomato-based gravy. I bet the Punjabis didn’t think their invention was going to be as  popular as it is today.

Curries can be cooked in advance and most often tastes even better. However, I do find that with paneer dishes it doesn’t really work that well. The paneer does absorb a lot of the sauce therefore if it does stand for a long time there won’t be much sauce when serving. Therefore if I cook the sauce ahead of time I do not add the paneer to the sauce. I fry the paneer during serving time and re-heat the sauce and add the paneer.

I love using freshly roasted spices in my cooking. I usually roast and grind my spices in a coffee grinder. The coffee grinder is perfect for small batches of spice. The store-bought ground spices doesn’t have much aroma and feels really stale and flavorless. Roasting and grinding your own spices may be a little bit of extra work but it is so worth the effort. Ever since I’ve started using freshly ground spices I’ve never looked back, I could never go back to buying store-bought ground spices.

This dish is rich and creamy and the paneer is soft and almost melts in your mouth. I loved this dish and can’t wait to try making it for some of my guests soon. If you want a more saucy dish you can double the recipe.

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Instructions
  1. fry paneer in a little butter or oil and set aside. Heat oil, add bay leaf and onion and saute until onion is translucent
  2. Add the garlic and fry for a minute and add spices. Add a few drops of water to prevent scorching. Allow the spices to cook for a minute
  3. Add tomatoes and season with salt. Cover and simmer until tomatoes are cooked. Oil will surface to the top once the sauce is cooked
  4. Add cream and heat through. Blend the sauce with a stick blender until smooth
  5. Add garam masala and paneer. Serve immediately
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