Spicy Peas with Paneer Cheese
A delicious side dish that hails from India, spiced green peas are cooked in ghee and combined with cubes of fried paneer cheese.
4 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups fresh peas
1 teaspoon ground coriander
Oil, for deep frying
2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin Paneer cheese*, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
- In a skillet, heat ghee; add salt, cumin seeds and cayenne pepper. Stir well; add peas. Stir until peas are well coated with ghee; gently cook over low heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. When peas are tender, add coriander; mix well. Remove from heat; set aside.
- Heat frying oil to 375°F (190°C); drop cheese cubes into oil, one at a time. Fry for 1 minute or until golden. Remove gently with a slotted spoon; drain on absorbent paper. Add browned cheese to peas; serve.
Makes 4 servings.
*If unavailable, substitute with queso blanco cheese or farmer cheese.
Recipe provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.