… the night Paneer steak came into my life, by Aryan Sharma
Envision:– Aryan Sharma
It’s 2 am on the night before your math exam.
You have been solving questions for the past 6 hours straight.
Your mother comes in to check on you.
Your stomach rumbles and you complain about feeling hungry.
She smiles and walks away.
Over the next half hour while you battle sleep and mathematical equations…
you start smelling the faint scent of burnt garlic.
Your mom enters holding a plate and sets it in front of you.
It smells great and you’re exhilarated!
All the stress fades away as the first bite of that crispy delight melts in your mouth.
That was how I was introduced to Paneer steak – a simple recipe that can bring joy onto everyone’s face.
- Paneer (Cottage cheese) – cut in long rectangular slices
- Tomato purée
- A little tomato sauce for tang
- Black pepper /red chilli powder (based on preference)
Quantity of ingredients is up to you to decide, as per your taste buds!
So let’s get started
For Marination, take a little more then usual garlic (grated), honey just enough for the lingering sweet taste and last tomato purée.
Oh! yes don’t forget the salt (according to taste).
Mix and coat the paneer with these ingredients and let it sleep for 15 mins (and me too).
After 15 mins, place a pan on medium flame put some olive oil and stare at it for 2 mins. Now we have to achieve the goal of placing the paneer in the pan with out breaking it.
Once done, you can now listen to your favorite music while dancing to the beat and sizzling of the pan. Allow it to caramelize on one side and flip. By now you will be elated with all the aroma, right then add the tomato sauce and black pepper (please remember both sides).
Two more minutes each side and there it’s ready.
If you wish, garnish with caramelize bell pepper onion and tomato.
Hope you enjoy this comforting and nourishing dish, just like a mother’s love for her child. For more reminiscing memories read our blog on Food DejaVu