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Spicy Peas with Paneer Cheese

No recipe image available.A delicious side dish that hails from India, spiced green peas are cooked in ghee and combined with cubes of fried paneer cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:

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

Cooking Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.