Saturday, July 25, 2015



As at home we are fond of Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for various dishes made out of Paneer such as Paneer Jhalfrezi, Paneer Chettinad, and Paneer Makhmali.

Recently, I tried out one more paneer dish which came out very well. This was Paneer Methi Chaman, adapted from the recipe by Master Chef Tarlaji Dalal. In this dish which is from Punjab, we make liberal use of greens like palak ( spinach), and methi ( Fenugreek leaves).

I chose not to deep fry the paneer cubes. Instead I lightly tawa fried them giving them a hint of golden brown. Likewise, I  did not add fresh cream (2 tbsp) as recommended in the original recipe.

  • Paneer, 1 cup, cut into 1 " cubes
  • Spinach, (Palak), chopped, 4 cups
  • Fenugreek Leaves, (Methi), chopped, 2 cups
  • Dried Fenugreek Leaves ( Kasuri Methi), 1 tsp
  • Oil, 2 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds (Jeera) 1 tsp
  • Onions, chopped, 1/4 cup
  • Asafoetida, (Hing), 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder, (Haldi),a pinch
  • Chilli Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger-Green Chilli Paste, 1 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Garam Masala, 1/4 tsp

Wash the spinach and fenugreek leaves thoroughly and chop them.
Add the chopped spinach and fenugreek leaves to boiling water and blanch them for 2-3 minutes. Immediately run them under a stream of cold water to help retain their green colour
Drain the water and puree the chopped spinach and fenugreek leaves in a mixer. Keep aside.
Add oil to a pan and shallow fry the paneer cubes till they get a tinge of golden brown. Flip them and lightly fry the other side too. Keep aside
Roast the dry fenugreek leaves in a pan till crisp. Keep aside
Heat oil in the kadhai and add the cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add the chopped onion and saute till they turn golden brown
Add the asafoetida, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, ginger-green chilli paste
Next add the prepared puree of spinach and fenugreek leaves
Add the roasted kasuri methi and fry for a few minutes
Add salt to taste, and mix well
Now add the shallow fried paneer cubes, and garam masala powder
Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes
Serve hot

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