I wanted to figure out how to make a simple curry at home in my flat, one that would make a good dinner for one or two using the spices and ingredients that are around me! I found a few tomato curry and paneer curry recipes online, and, after reading all the ones that looked decent, combined their ideas to make a quick, simple dish. I made it all in a small pot on the stove, using a normal table spoon to measure spices and a water cup to measure the rice and water. Not the most precise, but it made use of the things I have in my kitchen at the moment, and went more off of my gut than off of precise amounts. It turned out so well I made it again two nights later!
2 small onions, 4 medium tomatoes, 1 cup cubed paneer, 3 cloves garlic, small handful fresh cilantro, salt, cumin, tumeric, chili powder, ½ cup milk, 2 cups water, 1 small lime, 1 cup rice, oil
Rinse rice a few times, the place in rice cooker with 1 cup of water, some salt and oil. Let cook. Make sure to plan this around the power outages so you don’t end up with a pot full of semi-cooked rice in water and a dark kitchen.
Heat oil in a low pot. Add garlic and toss.
Add chopped onions, and fry until translucent.
Add a half a spoonful of cumin, the tip of the spoon full of turmeric, and an amount in between of chili powder (more or less for spiciness), and salt, and mix well.
Add chopped tomatoes, stir, and let simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Add cubed paneer.
Pour in milk and 1 cup of the water and stir well.
Let simmer for 5+ minutes, until the curry has thickened a bit. Add the cilantro and stir well, let simmer for a few more minutes.
Add lime juice, mix in, and take off the heat. Divide and serve over rice.