Paneer 65

Paneer is a fresh cheese made by adding acid to fresh milk and setting the cheese overnight. Firm Paneer is cut into cubes, fried and tossed into a delicious 65 masala – onions, garlic, green chillies, curry leaves, ginger and garlic paste, red chilly sauce, cumin, red chilli powder, and red color that is typically made with the popular Chicken 65. This vegetarian version is super easy to make.

Chicken 65 is a very popular dish in India. With it's strange name, it's origins are debatable. Some people think that it was named for it's 65 ingredients, other think the chicken had to be 65 days old. The story I choose to believe is the old British Canteen that simply had a typesetting boo boo and the name just stuck.

65 Masala

1 red onion finely chopped
2 tbsps chopped garlic
2 tbsps chopped green chillies
1 cup(approx) fresh curry leaves
2 tbsps ginger and garlic paste
2 tbsps red chilli paste or Sambal Oelek
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
red food coloring with a little water

200 gms paneer

Fry the paneer on both sides till crispy

Heat some oil and saute the onion, followed by the garlic and chillies and cook till the onion is soft

Add curry leaves

Add the ginger and garlic paste and cook for  a few minutes, till the rawness is gone

Add the chilli paste and powdered spices and mix well

Add some salt and the food coloring

Add more water if too dry

Add the paneer, coat well in the masala and serve

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