Just the other day I cooked Pea and Cottage Cheese Curry for the first time ever. This tomato-based curry is a North Indian Dish that, as the name suggests, contains peas and cottage cheese. Pea and Cottage Cheese Curry is normally eaten with rice or Indian bread. In fact, this is the case with most Indian curries.
Pea and Cottage Cheese Curry is one of my favourite dishes of all time. I remember that before I became a vegetarian, I would eat Pea and Cottage Cheese Curry over meat every single time Mum made. I ask my Mum to make Pea and Cottage Cheese Curry all the time without realising the amount of time and effort that goes into making this amazing dish.
To make this curry one must follow lots of little steps that are very time-consuming and require a lot of effort. All these little steps have their own importance. For an example: toasting the cottage cheese before adding it to the curry. This is done to ensure the cottage cheese isn’t squishy or soft once cooked with the tomato curry sauce. As well as that fact that squishy or soft cottage cheese crumbles into the tomato curry sauce, absorbing some of the moisture. Another example would be blending up the tomato, onion and spices. This results in the smooth puree-like sauce base for the curry. Otherwise, it won’t taste as good, trust me it just won’t. You would get chunks of onion and tomato and that is a big no-no.
Looking back making Pea and Cottage Cheese Curry, it is not that hard. It is just time-consuming. From the toasting to the blending to the simmering to touch of cream on top to more simmering and of course the most important step, to the dinner table.
As the photo above shows, it turned out ok. In my opinion, the Pea and Cottage Cheese Curry needed to be spicier but just the tiniest bit. In reality, Pea and Cottage Cheese Curry should be sweet but not too sweet. My Pea and Cottage Cheese Curry was too sweet for my liking. Apart from that, I am actually quite happy with my first attempt.
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