Curried Green Lentils & Paneer over Basmati Rice

Curried Green Lentils & Paneer

over Basmati Rice

2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Paneer is a fresh, non-melting cheese commonly found in South Asian and Indian cuisine. It's made by adding lemon juice or vinegar to heated milk to separate the curds and the whey. Then, the curds are drained and excess liquid is pressed from the cheese. Finally, the cheese is wrapped in cloth and pressed under a heavy weight before packing or cooking.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    700 Cals (est.)
fresh
ingredients
Curried Green Lentils & Paneer over Basmati Rice
Title
  • 4 Baby Carrots
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Spanish Onion
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • 6 oz Paneer Cheese
  • ¾ cup Basmati Rice
  • ½ cup Green Lentils
  • 1 tsp Mild Curry Powder
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the tops off the carrots, then slice the carrots in half lengthwise, then in half again to make 2-inch long pieces. Peel and mince the garlic. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems. Peel and small dice the onion. Small dice the celery.
Cook the rice:
2 Cook the rice:
In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1½ cups of water. Heat to a boiling on high, then cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer 18 to 22 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and fluff the finished rice with a fork.
Sear the paneer:
3 Sear the paneer:
In a small pan, heat a couple teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the paneer and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute per side, or until browned. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plate to cool. When cool enough to handle, cut the paneer into ½-inch cubes.
Cook the vegetables:
4 Cook the vegetables:
In a medium pot, heat a couple teaspoons of olive oil on high until hot. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onion and celery are softened. Add the green lentils and curry powder and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until well combined, stirring.
Add the liquids, seasonings & paneer:
5 Add the liquids, seasonings & paneer:
Stir in the vegetable broth, 1 cup of water, and as much sriracha as you like, Add the cubed paneer and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the lentils soften. (You may need to add more water if the mixture seems too thick.) Remove from the heat and stir in half of the cilantro.
Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the rice between 2 bowls or plates and spoon the lentil mixture on top. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and any remaining sriracha, if you’d like. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the tops off the carrots, then slice the carrots in half lengthwise, then in half again to make 2-inch long pieces. Peel and mince the garlic. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems. Peel and small dice the onion. Small dice the celery.
2 Cook the rice:
In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt, and 1½ cups of water. Heat to a boiling on high, then cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer 18 to 22 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and fluff the finished rice with a fork.
Cook the rice:
Sear the paneer:
3 Sear the paneer:
In a small pan, heat a couple teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the paneer and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute per side, or until browned. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plate to cool. When cool enough to handle, cut the paneer into ½-inch cubes.
4 Cook the vegetables:
In a medium pot, heat a couple teaspoons of olive oil on high until hot. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onion and celery are softened. Add the green lentils and curry powder and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until well combined, stirring.
Cook the vegetables:
Add the liquids, seasonings & paneer:
5 Add the liquids, seasonings & paneer:
Stir in the vegetable broth, 1 cup of water, and as much sriracha as you like, Add the cubed paneer and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the lentils soften. (You may need to add more water if the mixture seems too thick.) Remove from the heat and stir in half of the cilantro.
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the rice between 2 bowls or plates and spoon the lentil mixture on top. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and any remaining sriracha, if you’d like. Enjoy!
Plate your dish:
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