Showing posts with label paneer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label paneer. Show all posts
I have many complaints that I dont publish many vegetarian dishes. So here is one specially for my vegetarian friends.
Matar Paneer is a popular North Indian recipe and is one of my staple cooks when I have vegetarian friends over.  Its a very simple recipe and doesnt need much fine chopping and saves a lot of time.

Matar Paneer (Peas and cottage cheese curry)

250 gms paneer/cottage cheese cut into triangular 1 inch pieces
1 cup frozen peas
3 medium sized ripe red tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 green chilies, chopped
1 inch ginger, chopped
5-6  garlic chopped
5-6 cashews

4 to 5 black peppercorns
2 to 3 cloves
½ inch cinnamon
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp kasoori methi
½ tsp cumin seeds/jeera
¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder
½ tsp garam masala powder
1 tbsp cream
½ tsp sugar 
2 to 2.5 tbsp oil or ghee
Coriander leaves


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add 1 inch cinnamon, cloves, pepper corns, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds and saute. 
  2. Add onion and a pinch of salt and saute for 5 mins till translucent.
  3. Add green chillies, ginger, garlic and saute for another 2-3 mins. 
  4. Now add tomatoes and cashews and saute till the tomatoes are mushy. Keep this mixture aside to cool and then blend it in a blender to get a coarse paste.
  5. Now heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and when hot add ½ tsp cumin seeds.
  6. When the cumin splutters, add the paneer and saute it for a bit.  You can add the paneer pieces directly later into the masalas too if you dont liked it sauteed in oil.
  7. Now add the masala paste and mix well. 
  8. Add the frozen peas and mix well
  9. Add a pinch of turmeric powder, 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and 1/2 tsp garam masala powder and mix well.
  10. Cover and cook till a good boil. Add salt according to taste and add water if you find the gravy too thick. I add a pinch of sugar to this - however you can decide based on your taste.
  11. Garnish with 1 tbsp cream (or more based on your taste) and a 1/2 tsp of crushed kasoori methi and cook for 2 mins.
  12. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve this hot with chapatis

Note: In case you are using fresh peas, you may have to cook the peas separately in water till cooked and then add it to this gravy as frozen peas is almost cooked and doesnt need much cooking.

Kadhai Paneer

Wanted to cook a good vegetarian side dish for a party the other day. Wanted to try out some recipe with bell peppers and hence decided to cook this one. The spice mix in the recipe gives it a unique rustic taste. 

Kadhai Paneer

  1. Heat a pan. Dry roast 9- 10 pepper corns, 5-6 dried red chillies, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp fennel seeds  till the kitchen is full of the aroma from the spice mix. Add a pinch of  fenugreek leaves (Kasuri methi) and saute for a few secs and then let the spice mix cool down. Grind it to a coarse powder. Keep 2 tsp aside for garnishing.
  2. Heat 2 tsp of butter in a pan. When the butter melts, add half of the above powder mix and fry well.
  3. Add 1 onion cut into cubes into the pan. Fry it for some time and add 1/2 a red bell pepper and 1/2 yellow pepper. Fry well. 
  4. Blanch 2 tomatoes and then puree them and add it to the pan and cook till the raw smell of tomatoes goes off.
  5. Then add 1 tsp chilly powder, 1 tsp garam masala powder, salt to taste, pinch of sugar, and mix well.
  6. Add 250 gms of paneer cubes and mix well. Sprinkle 2 tsp kadai masala and add pinch of crushed kasuri methi and mix well.
  7. You can add cream and coriander leaves too but I skipped it.
  8.  Serve with roti

Paneer Methi Malai Mirch

Never get tired of paneer dishes. Was looking for something new to cook today when I came across this dish on to cook and goes well with rotis.

Paneer Methi Malai Mirch


  1. Take 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. When hot, add 2 finely chopped onions and saute it till light pink. To this add 2 finely chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp chilly powder, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder. Mix it well put the lid on and let it cook for 15 mins in a slow flame (2-3 whistles) till cooked well. This paste can be used as a base for your gravies. You can store this in the fridge for future use.
  2.  Heat 2 tsp butter in a pan. When hot, add 1 tsp of nicely crushed kasoori methi. Saute it for a minute. Add 1 cup bell peppers (red , yellow) and 1/4 kg paneer cut into cubes.
  3. Add onion florets to this mixture and saute well in the butter till the capsicum is cooked. 
  4. Now add 2 tbsp of the above onion gravy and saute well. Add some water and put the lid on and cook till the gravy reaches a boil.
  5. Add 1 tbsp cream to the gravy and mix well.Cook for a few mins and then turn off the flame.
  6. Garnish with coriander and Serve with hot rotis.

This is another all time favorite among the easy to cook dishes. Falls in the day to day cooking category and takes less than half an hour of cooking time including the chopping :)

Paneer Capsicum Subzi

1. Cut 250 gms paneer in to 1 cm cubes. I use paneer from Punjab Sind and they are melt in your kind variety - any dish you cook with them turn out good.
2.  Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan. When hot, add 1 tsp cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
3. Add 1 big onion finely sliced and saute well. Add salt to the onions. Add 3 finely chopped chillies and 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and saute well till the onions are brown. 
4. Now add 1 finely chopped tomato and 1 capsicum chopped into 1 cm cubes and saute well
5. Cover and cook till the tomatoes are mushy
6. Now add 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp kitchen king masala (you can add garam masala as an alternative), 1 tsp chilli powder and pinch of turmericMix all this well
7. Add the paneer pieces, mix well without crumbling the paneer and then cover and cook for  a few mins
8. Garnish with 1 tsp crushed kasoori methi and finely chopped coriander leaves.

Paneer Taka Tak

Came across this recipe on Tarla Dala's website and decided to try it. The ajwain seeds and the pav bhaji  masala give a distinct flavour to this dish. Did not take me even 30 mins to cook including cutting time. Of course, I had to add my own minor variations to the dish.
Paneer Taka Tak

1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add 1/2 tsp of ajwain, 1 tsp of cumin seeds and saute them till the cumin seeds splutter.
2. Add 1 finely chopped onion and saute till it is translucent. Add 2 small finely chopped tomatoes and cook till its mushy
3. Add 1 tsp pav bhaji masala, 1/2 tsp rock salt, a pinch of turmeric, 1 red chilli powder to the tomatoes and cook well.
4. Add 250 gms of grated paneer and mix well. Cook for 2-3 mins.
5. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with chapatis

Shahi Paneer

Tried this recipe last week from Sanjeev Kapoor's Khana Khazana and really liked it
I did not  add as much butter and cream as the recipe recommended - yet the gravy was very rich thanks to the cashew nut paste.

Shahi Paneer


  1. Heat 2 tsp oil in a non stick pan. Add 2 finely chopped onions, around 10 cashew nuts , a pinch of salt and saute till the onion is slightly brown. 
  2. Add 3-4 finely chopped tomatoes and saute for around 10 mins till the tomato is well cooked and mushy. 
  3. Add 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and salt to taste and saute till the spices are mixed well.
  4. Blend this in a mixer till you get a smooth paste - you can add some water for blending.Transfer the mixture to the same kadai and cook over low heat. You can add butter to the paste but I avoided it.
  5. When the mixture looks well cooked, add 2 tsp crushed kasoori methi, 1 tsp garam masala, a pinch of cardamom powder and mix well. Adjust the salt and add a pinch of sugar. 
  6. Add the 500 gms paneer cut into traingles and mix well and cook for about 5 mins.
  7. Garnish with cream and chopped corinder leaves and serve with chappatis.

Methi Tomato Paneer

My blog is heavy on non-veg dishes so decided to cook some veg dishes today to balance it out :) 
Last time when I cooked paneer butter masala, I realised that the taste of methi, tomato and paneer is a very good combination. So decided today to cook with original methi(fenugreek) leaves and not kasoori methi. This dish is absolutely tasty - has a bitterness imparted by the methi and the tangy taste from tomatoes.

Methi Tomato Paneer


1. Heat 2 tsp oil in a non-stick pan. When hot, add finely chopped 2 medium sized onions and saute till brown.Add a pinch of salt to the onions for flavor
2. Add 2 tsp ginger garlic paste and 2 finely chopped green chillies and saute for 2 mins. Add 1 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and saute. Sprinkle some water in case you feel the masalas are getting scorched.
3. Add 1/2 cup of methi leaves and saute for 5 mins till methi is completely cooked
4. Now add 3 finely chopped medium sized tomatoes  and cook for 2-3 mins
5. Add 1/2 cup water and cover and cook till the tomatoes are mushy and well cooked.
6. Now add 200 gms of paneer cut into cubes and mix well
7. Add 1 tsp amchur powder and mix and cook for another 5 mins and your dish is ready.
8. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with chappatis

Sweet and sour Tawa paneer

A simple recipe - very easy to make and tasty too.

Sweet and sour Tawa paneer


1. Make a marinade of 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 1 tsp red chilli flakes, 1 tsp tomato ketchup, 1/2 tsp tobasco sauce, 1 tsp sugar, 2tsp olive oil, 2 tsp finely chopped spring onion greens, 1 tsp vinegar, 1 grated garlic clove, 1 tsp chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Adjust the salt. I also added some lime juice to make it more tangy.
2. Marinate cubes of paneer in the marinade and leave aside for half an hour. I used about 250 gms of paneer but you can make the marinade according to your taste.
3. Grill while applying the marinade or fry on a hot tava with 1 tsp olive oil.

Paneer Pasanda

Felt like cooking something rich today. This recipe certainly fit the bill with its cream and cashew component :)
Paneer Pasanda

1. Cut 500 gms of paneer into cubes. Sprinkle salt, chilli powder and turmeric on the paneer pieces and keep aside for sometime.
2. Take 2-3 tsp of oil in a pan and saute these paneer pieces till slightly cooked - say 3-4 mins.
3. Remove paneer and keep aside
4. In the same oil, add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 2-3 pepper corns, 2-3 cloves, 1 inch cinammon and saute.
5. Add 1 big onion finely chopped and 1 tsp ginger garlic paste and saute till onion is brown in colour.
6. Add 2 finely chopped tomatoes and let them cook with lid on. After 5 mins add chilli powder (According to taste) and 1 tsp coriander powder, 2-3 cashew nuts finely chopped, add water to the dry mixture and cover lid and let it cook.
7. Now when the mixture looks cooked, remove it from heat. Let it cool a bit and make a fine paste of it in the grinder
8. Again add the paste to the pan and cook it till it comes to a boil. Add the paneer pieces and some kasoori methi (finely crushed in between the palms of your hand) and add salt and sugar according to taste. I also added 2-3 tsp of fresh cream.
9. Cook for 2-3 mins and then remove from heat. Garnish with freshly chopped Coriander leaves and serve with chapatis.

This recipe is heavily inspired from Vah re Vah video. However I avoided the elaborate stuffing and deep frying of paneer for the sake of time/effort.

Paneer Butter Masala

We had relatives visiting us on Friday and I had to cook after coming back from work and did not have much time. So tried this quick recipe which I had written down in my book but had never tried before. I wasn't very sure how it would taste. But at the cost of sounding immodest, I must tell you that this turned out better than dishes served in restaurants:) 

  1. Take a non stick pan and fry 1 grated onion in 1 tbsp oil/butter and saute till brown. I add some salt while sauteing the onions as the salt gets absorbed and the dish tastes better.
  2. In the meantime, take a bowl. Add 2 tsp of coriander powder, 2 tsp of chilli powder, 1 tsp garam masala, 2 tsp of kasoori methi powder, puree of  2 tomatoes and half a cup milk and whisk it and leave aside. I add spices always   based on my judgement and my preferred you can change this according to your liking.
  3. Add 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste to the onion and saute. Now add the above mixture and let it cook on a slow flame for 3-4 mins.
  4. Add  250 gms paneer cubes and salt to taste and bring it to one boil. Garnish with coriander and serve with Chappatis. You can add cream if you want but I skipped it.

The video for this recipe can be found here at I used fresh onions and fresh tomato puree instead of fried onions and ketchup that the chef is using here.

Paneer Paratha

Stuffed parathas form an important part of the traditional north indian breakfast. Here I share the authentic recipe of paneer parathas again cooked by Rajneet ;)

1. Knead a soft dough with 2 cups of whole wheat flour and cover it with a wet muslin cloth and set aside for 10 mins.
2. Till then prepare the filling with grated paneer (200 gms).  If paneer is hard thaw it before using and squeeze the excess water. I just crumble the paneer with hands in stead of grating as it is very soft.
3. Finely chop 2 large onions, 2 green chillies, 2 tsp corainder leaves and grate 1 inch piece of ginger and add it to the paneer.
4. Now add 1 tsp red chilly powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp dry mango powder and a pinch of ajwain (optional) and salt. Mix properly and divide this filling into 5 equal parts.


5. Here for one paratha use almost twice the dough used for making chapatti. Flatten the ball, add little flour and roll it to half the size of chapatti with edges thinner than the centre and apply 2-3 drops of oil esp at the edges.
6. Put one part of the filling in the centre and gather the edges to cover the filling making a larger ball this time.
7. With little flour roll out the paratha uniformly and put it on the hot tava and cook it on medium flame.
8. When one side is completely cooked flip the paratha to cook the other side and apply oil / ghee on both the sides before removing it from the tava.
9. Repeat this procedure to make the remaining parathas and serve it with curd and pickle.

Tawa fried Paneer Tikka

This is a simple started I like to make when I dont have enough time for elaborate cooking.


  1. Cut 250 gms paneer into 1 inch cubes
  2. Marinate with 1 cup thick curd, 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, 1tsp red chilli powder for an hour.
  3. Shallow fry on a non stick pan with little oil. Dont let the sides burn.
If the paneer you have bought from the stores is very hard, soak it in hot water with a little bit of turmeric and salt for 5 mins, drain the water and then cook.

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