Tuesday, May 14, 2019



In most vegetarian households in India, especially in the urban areas, paneer or Indian cottage cheese is a popular ingredient. We too use paneer from time to time at home.

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find a variety of recipes using paneer, such as the healthy version of Paneer Lababdar, the versatile Paneer Paratha. and the dessert from Bengal called Paneer Payesh.

Today's recipe is for a paneer dish that goes great with rotis. It is adapted from this YouTube video for Paneer Masala from Tarlaji Dalal.

  • Paneer ( Indian Cottage Cheese), 200 gms
  • Tomatoes, finely chopped, 1 cup
  • Fresh Cream, 1/2 cup
  • Water, 1/2 cup 
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Leaves, finely chopped, for garnish
For the Masala:- 
  • Onions, roughly chopped, 3/4 cup
  • Poppy Seeds, (Khus Khus),  2 tsp
  • Coconut Gratings, 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon Stick of 1 " length,  1
  • Cloves, (Laung), 2
  • Peppercorns, 6
  • Byadgi Red Chillies, broken into pieces, 5 to 6
  • Coriander Seeds, 3 tsp 
  • Cumin Seeds, 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic Cloves, 3 
  • Water, 2 tbsp 


Cut the paneer into cubes
In a mixer jar, grind together all the ingredients listed under " For The Masala" to form a smooth paste/masala
Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai  and on medium heat add the prepared masala and cook for 2 minutes stirring from time to time till the raw smell goes
To this, add the finely chopped tomatoes , mix well and cook on medium flame for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally
Next , add the fresh cream , 1/2 cup of water and salt
Mix well and cook on medium flame for 5-6 minutes stirring from time to time 
Lastly, add the paneer cubes and mix gently so that they don't break off
Cook on medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes and switch off the gas
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and transfer the Paneer Masala to a serving bowl
Serve hot with parathas

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