Have You Ever Tried Paneer Bhutuwa?

Today’s recipe from Explore Nepal is called Paneer Bhutuwa, which is a fried paneer recipe from Nepal. While this isn’t typically something that you could eat during a movie, this would be a fantastic snack to greet your stomach after seeing one of tonight’s film screenings – perhaps Highway from Nepal, or Egypt’s Cairo 678and Afghanistan’s Buzkashi Boys. However, this dish is so savory and scrumptious that you may just have to have as a pre- and post-movie snack.

Ingredients

–           1 lb paneer or tofu, cubed

–           1 cup diced red pepper

–           1 cup diced onion

–           1 cup diced tomatoes

–           ½ cream

–           2 cups sliced mushrooms

–           2 cups shredded spinach

–           5 dehydrated red chilies

–           1 tsp. turmeric

–           5 tbsp. oil

–           1 tbsp. curry powder

–           1 tbsp. garlic

–           1 tbsp. minced garlic

–           1 tbsp. minced ginger

–           2 tbsp cilantro

–           Salt and pepper to taste

 

Steps

1.         Blanch the vegetables in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes,then immediately place them into an ice bath

2.         Allow 2 tbsp. oil to heat on a frying pan, and then cook the cheese cubes until they are browned and mildly crispy on all sides

3.         Add 3 tbsp. oil, turmeric, onions and chilies into the frying pan with the paneer. Allow them to brown slightly but continually stir the mixture

4.         Add in the garlic, ginger and curry powder, and let them seep into the mixture for no more than one minute

5.         A minute after seasoning the vegetables and paneer, move them to a separate sauce pan so that they can cook on a low heat for about minutes. Afterwards, add in the tomatoes, salt and pepper, and cream, making sure to evenly mix everything

6.         If the pan becomes to dry, add a small amount of water. Allow the mixture to cook for 5-8 minutes, and then add spinach.

7.         Once everything is properly browned and cooked, remove from pan and serve on a bed of rice and garnish with cilantro

If you want to try out more delicious dishes from Nepal, Explore Nepal offers several great recipes:

http://www.explorenepal.com/recipe/vegeterian/?i=paneer_bhutuwa

 

If you have a Nepali friend with whom you would like to cook this dish, or if you ever plan on visiting a home in Nepal, the Film Development Board, Nepal, lists several Nepali customs that you should keep in mind when dining with a Nepali friend, especially at their home.

          You should hold your palms together, and greet others with “Namaste” or “namaskar” if they are your elders. Remove your shoes before entering the host’s home, and also before you enter a temple or stupa (Buddhist shrine).

          When eating, use your hands and utensils to only touch your own meal. It is considered rude and impure if you use your utensils or hand that you are eating with to touch someone else’s serving dish, plate, food, etc. The same rule applies for touching others’ drinking glasses or drinking others’ beverages.

          Even though Nepali cuisine is exceptionally delicious, refrain from licking your fingers, or else you will insult your hosts.

          It is also advised that your feet do not touch anything other than the ground that you are walking upon – touching other objects with your feet is greatly frowned upon in Nepal

If you would like to learn about more Nepali customs, culture and cinema, you may want to look at the Film Development Board, Nepal’s website, which is run by the Government of Nepal:

http://www.film.gov.np/beta/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=126#

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