Wednesday, March 16, 2016



As I have often said in this blog before, for vegetarians in India, paneer or cottage cheese is an ingredient which is greatly appreciated. Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for Garlicky Chilli Paneer, Paneer Jhalfrezi, and Paneer Tikka Kathi Rolls.

This interesting snack is adapted from Chatakedar Paneer by Tarlaji Dalal. This came in handy yesterday evening when it was raining and we felt like having a spicy snack while sitting at home. I think this will also make an awesome starter. It is preferable that we use fresh paneer to get the best results. I used store bought Pav Bhaji Masala.

  • Paneer, 250 gms
  • Green Chilli Paste, 1 tbsp
  • Medium Sized Tomato, chopped, 1
  • Tomato Puree, 2 and 1/2 tbsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Everest Pav Bhaji Masala, 1 tsp
  • Kasoori Methi, (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)  1/2 tsp 
  • Lemon Juice, 1/2 tbsp
  • Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves, chopped, for garnish
Cut the paneer into cubes and keep aside.
In a thick bottomed non-stick kadhai heat the oil and when it gets hot add the green chilli paste and saute on medium flame for a few seconds
Next add the following, one after another: chopped tomato, tomato puree, chilli powder, coriander powder, pav bhaji masala, kasoori methi, and salt. Mix well.
Continue to cook on medium flame, stirring once in between, for 1-2 minutes 
Now add the paneer cubes, mix well so that they are well- coated with the masala and cook for 1-2 minutes more
Add the lemon juice, mix well and finally garnish with chopped coriander leaves
Serve immediately as a snack or starter

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