Almost 6 months back, I watched a cookery show on TV, where a lady prepared this quick and easy paneer gravy and she said that this dish will surely please the kids. I made a mental note of it and thanks to my memory power,I was able to reproduce it in my kitchen after a long gap.The host had used oil for seasoning and sauteing but I did not use even a drop of it!Microwave oven gave me the joy of preparing the gravy without oil.

I added the cumin seeds while cooking onion and capsicum and there was no difference in taste. The dish tasted great even without oil. I say this because Lil Angel ate it without any complaint…..

So this is my third recipe for  Zero Oil Cooking  theme for Blogging Marathon #23, Week 3.

I used :

Paneer [prepared from 1 litre milk], cubed
Yogurt– 1.5 cups
Capsicum-1,small,deseeded and chopped
Onion-,1 small , fnely chopped
Turmeric powder- a large pinch
Chilli powder- 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
Kauri methi / dried fenugreek leaves – 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

  1. In a microwave safe bowl,put in cumin seeds, onion and capsicum. Sprinkle very little water and microwave ,closed,on medium power for 8 minutes or till the capsicum is almost tender.[Don’t add too much water for cooking.]
  2. Meanwhile in a large bowl, take the yogurt,add salt and beat well.
  3. Put in the cubed paneer,chilli powder,turmeric powder,mix well and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add this mixture to the cooked capsicum . Mix well and add more water / beaten yogurt if required.
  5. Microwave for 5 minutes, closed, on medium power.
  6. Mix once again, add kasuri methi, check for salt, add if needed and microwave for 2 minutes.
  7. Serve as a side dish with roti/ chapathi.

Lil Angel loves paneer but is not very fond of Capsicum,which was one her favorite veggies until a few months back.Yet in this combo, she ate it without a fuss.

Note :

  • If the gravy is gets dry while cooking, add more water / beaten curd depending on the consistency that you prefer.
  • Garam masala can be added to the yogurt marinade but I did not use it.
  • Don’t cook in high power / without a lid. The dish will dry out quickly and the paneer will turn rubbery.

15 thoughts on “Quick Paneer – Capsicum Gravy | No Oil Gravy”

  1. WOW PJ, you have the memory of a computer, I forget the recipes I'm watching on TV the very next day–6 months is toooooo to retain anything for me..
    Curry looks amazing and I'm sure no one will even know that it has no oil.

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