Friday, 12 August 2016

Matar Paneer - Green Peas with Indian Cottage Cheese - Product Review - Kingfisher Beer


"Fancy a curry tonight?"

Curry maybe born in India but it's found a permanent home in the heart of the British. The Brits have embraced curry culture stupendously, in fact, London has more curry houses than New Delhi or Mumbai and this industry raking in more than a billion pounds a year. Mostly Friday night is a curry night and most of the Brits love to have curries and going out for a curry or simmer one or two at home in their own comfort zone over the weekend.


The British put the curry under the spotlight pairing it with their own beloved beer, because chilled and crisp beer can embrace a range of curries and certainly beer offers more complex flavours and aromas that go so wonderfully with all things spicy. Curry and chilled bear is as synonymous as fish and chips. Friends, a curry and a bottle of chilled beer is perfect way to have good times!



Recently the lovely folks from Kingfisher sent me an incredibly generous case of  Kingfisher Beer, The real taste of India.

"Brewed for over 150 years to an authentic and most venerable recipe, Kingfisher is the first choice of the nation, from Delhi to Doddanapudi. Established in Mysore, Bangalore in 1857.  Kingfisher has risen from a soldier’s tipple to a nation’s pride and joy. Kingfisher is India’s No.1 beer and is one of the country’s most heralded exports.  Now brewed in Britain, this triumphant tipple can trace its roots all the way back to 1857 when Castle Breweries first started brewing in the majestic city of Mysore. As it has grown, the beer has become synonymous with the exciting side of Indian life.  It is a sponsor of the Bangalore Royal Challengers, the Force India Formula 1 team and countless music festivals."



 Because I myself don't drink any alcohol, few friends and family happily volunteered in tasting this top choice premium Kingfisher beer for me. They all had a great fun pairing this beer with array of curries, veg and non veg and these are the feedback that I received from them.

It's cool, crisp and light and goes perfectly with a spicy curry and best served ice cold"
" We had kingfisher beer with spicy chicken curry, slightly sharp but not too bitter or too sweet, just right and not too gassy"
"Very crisp and fresh, definitely I would drink this at the cricket while I munch on spicy hot samosa"
"A well made, cool and crisp beer, good stuff for the hot days and great even with barbecue, it's the ultimate summer drink"





So hey, let's make it an Indian summer with Kingfisher and celebrate in the sunshine with the real taste of India.

Spice it up or cool it down this summer with Kingfisher, the No. 1 Indian beer the world-over.  Crisp, clean and unfailingly refreshing, it’s a top choice for summer, whether you’re having a BBQ with the friends and family, enjoying a summer of sport or looking for a perfect curry companion.
A la sature !



If you WATCH THIS SPACE, then I will also be doing a giveaway of a case of Kingfisher beer soon.
If you fancy a beer and curry after reading this, these are some recipes to have a go at making and pair your beer with. (You could open the first one while cooking) Chole ( Spicy chick peas ) , Shahi Paneer , Saag Aloo, or Daal Makhni ( Black lentils in creamy sauce )



To pair it with a traditional Indian recipe, today I am sharing Matar Paneer also known as Matar Paneer Masala. Matar Paneer is a incredible delicious combination of soft and velvety paneer (the mild Indian cheese) and sweet green peas, which works a charm when left to absorb all the flavours of your thick and mildly spiced tomato gravy. It is one of the most popular vegetarian curries in every Indian household and restaurant. A perfect recipe for you to enjoy when you are surrounded by friends and family. It's an incredibly tasty, finger licking good dish, simply phenomenal.


I can vouch for this recipe as you won't forget the taste in a hurry,  this can beat any restaurant matar paneer, best to pair it with Peshwari Naan.

Notes :-
Paneer is readily available in all the Asian store and major British supermarket.
If you are using fresh peas, steam them few minutes.
If you don't want to use cream in this recipe, use full fat milk.
If not using fresh tomato use canned tomatoes.
For a vegan recipe use tofu and coconut or cashew cream.





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Matar Paneer - Green Peas with Indian Cottage Cheese

Matar Paneer is incredibly and irresistible delicious and popular main course for vegetarians, prepared with sweet green peas, paneer in creamy and mildly spiced tomato gravy.

Ingredients
  • 500 g Panner ( Homemade or stop bought)
  • 300 g Green Peas ( I used frozen )
  • 1 tbsp. Whole spices ( cinnamon, green and black cardamom, clove and bay leaf )
  • 1 cup Onion finely chopped
  • 4-5 Garlic cloves
  • 1" Ginger fresh
  • big 2 Blanched tomato
  • 1 tsp. Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp. Ground cumin and coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. Garam masala
  • 1 tsp. Dried fenugreek leaves ( Kasoori Methi )
  • 4-5 tbsp. Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp. Single cream or full fat milk
  • handful Fresh finely chopped coriander
  • Pinch Kitchen king masala powder ( optional )
Instructions
If you are using shop bought paneer, soak in a hot water for 15-20 minutes.
Remove it from the water, pat dry with the clean kitchen towel and cut into cubes.
Heat very little oil in a griddle or frying pan , and saute paneer cubes until light brown.
Leave it aside for later use.
Place blanched tomatoes, garlic and ginger in a grinder and make smooth puree.In a kadai, heat oil and add all the whole spices, once they splutter add finely chopped onion, saute until it turns light brown. 
Now add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and ground cumin and coriander. 
Cook the masala for few seconds, then add tomato puree.Keep heat on medium heat, keep stirring the mixture until you see oil separates masala, ( This indicates that your masala cooked properly ) Add frozen peas and salt, cook couple of minutes and add water ( 3/4 cup )Bring it to a boil ( it will take 3-4 minutes ).
Add kasoori methi, garam masala and kitchen king masala if using. 
Now add fried paneer and cream ( If using ) and simmer for 4-5 minutes.Switch off the heat, serve in a serving bowl.
Garnish it with the fresh coriander. Serve hot with roti, paratha, puri or naan and chilled beer.Enjoy !
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings

Disclaimer :- Thank you Kingfisher for sending me a case of beer bottles. I was not told or paid to post a positive review. All the opinions are my own.














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6 comments:

  1. I love matar paneer and Kishfisher is my first choice when it comes beer with Indian food!

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  2. You're making me hungry and thirsty this morning! I'll have to look for KingFisher at the market -- and I definitely want a bowl of that paneer!

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  3. I'm a huge fan of muttar paneer! YUM!

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  4. I am a huge fan of mattar paneer! It is awesome. Looks great

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  5. My husband and I developed a passion for curry AND Kingfisher when we lived in London for a year after college...fabulous post, it brings back memories :)

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  6. That is a lovely looking curry! And I agree that a nice bottle beer is great way to wash down a curry. I'll have to look for that beer.

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