Delicious Indian Paneer Recipes

Delicious Indian Paneer Recipes

Paneer / Cottage Cheese is vegetarian’s delight in India. Specially when it comes to eating out. The one common recipe to order by a vegetarian person is “Paneer”. However, many do not consider paneer as a vegan item because Paneer generally does not contain Rennet, an animal enzyme present in other cheeses that many vegetarians choose not to eat. But is left on an individual choices.

Majority of the population consider it as a vegetarian food item. It is often compared to Tofu and we can say that Paneer is to India as Tofu is to China, Japan, Indonesia, Korea and Vietnam. Following are some of the best Paneer Recipes from India

Palak Paneer Recipe

It is another very famous Cottage cheese based dish which is loved all over India. The main ingredients of this dish are Palak (spinach), cream and Paneer (tofu). Palak Paneer is actually a Dhaba dish which is found in all the road side restaurants in Northern India. The dish is basically spinach gravy with diced tofu pieces. Some people fry the pieces first and then add them to the gravy and some add the tofu at an initial stage of the gravy preparation and cook it with the gravy.

Ingredients:

  • Spinach – 500 gms
  • Onions – 5 medium sized
  • Garlic – 2-3 flakes
  • Cooking oil – 6-7 tbsps
  • Cummin seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Paneer – 150-200 gms
  • Salt to taste
  • Garam Masala
  • Geera Powder
  • Chilli Powder

Method:

  • Cook the spinach in water.
  • Drain the water and then make puree of the spinach leaves.
  • Cut 4 of the onions finely and saute them till transparent.
  • Grind the other onion and the garlic flakes to a fine paste.
  • Add this paste to the sauted onions. Also add the puree and the spice powders. Add some water if necessary.
  • Let boil for a minute or two.
  • Cut the paneer to cubes of desired size (preferably not too small). Fry this in oil till golden brown
  • Add this paneer to the prepared palak.
  • Serve hot with rice or rotis.

Delicious Indian Paneer Recipes

Paneer Tikka Recipe

The most preferred vegetarian starter and undoubtedly the delicious one is the Paneer Tikka. The big chunks of marinated cottage cheese are simply mouth watering. The dish hails from the North Indian state Punjab. It is the best barbecued paneer one can ever have.

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Paneer
  • Pinch tandoori color
  • 1/2 cup Curd (tied in cloth for 2 hours)
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp tandoori Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds, crushed
  • 1 tbsp each Capsicum, Onion, Tomato, Carrots, sliced in long stripes
  • Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Butter

Method:

  • Add red chili powder, garam masala powder, ginger garlic paste, tandoori color, tandoori masala, coriander leaves, salt to curd and mix well.
  • Add chopped paneer pieces. Keep it aside for about an hour.
  • Heat oil and some butter in a pan. Fry the paneer masala till paneer turns golden brown. The tikka is ready.
  • Add remaining butter to pan, heat.
  • Add sliced vegetables, chaat masala and salt to taste.
  • Pour over the paneer tikka.
  • Serve hot with sauce or green coriander chutney or mint chutney.

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

The Paneer Butter Masala is a Punjabi curry prepared using cottage cheese, tomato, onion, cream and butter. It’s a little sweet gravy based dish which is mostly eaten with Naan or Chapati or tandoori roti.

Ingredients:

  • 125 grams paneer
  • 1 tomato (grind to a fine paste)
  • 1 Tsp tomato puree
  • 2 onions (grind to fine paste)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Dhania Powder (coriander powder)
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tsp cashews
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 3 Tsp Yogurt
  • coriander leaves
  • 4-5 Tsp butter
  • Salt

Method:

  • Grind cloves, cinnamon to fine powder
  • Heat oil, fry few paneer cubes on medium heat until golden brown. Set the paneer pieces aside.
  • Grate remaining paneer and keep it aside
  • Heat oil or butter, fry onions, ginger garlic paste, for 3 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and puree and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add cashews, Dhania powder, Cumin powder, garam masala powder, salt,chilli powder, extra butter and masala powder from step 1.
  • Add yogurt and stir until gravy becomes thick. Add fried paneer cubes, grated paneer add 1/2 -1 cup water and simmer for 5 minutes, until all the flavour is absorbed into paneer.
  • Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

Mutter (green peas) Paneer Recipe

This is a very common dish often made in Indian households. One of the easiest curry based dish is probably the tastiest Paneer dish. The main ingredients of the dish are green peas, Paneer, onion and tomato. It is cooked like any other day to day curry.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of green peas
  • 1 cup of paneer cubed
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 5 cashewnuts
  • salt per taste
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • coriander to garnish

Method:

  • Boil the green peas and keep aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan.Put the onions, asafoetida, ginger garlic paste and fry till the onions are slightly browned.
  • Put the tomatoes, turmeric powder and fry for another 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Add red chilli powder, garam masala and saute for few minutes.
  • Add the peas with little amount of water and bring it to a boil.
  • Meanwhile grind the cashews and poppy seeds to a fine paste.
  • Now add the cashew-poppy paste .Stir gently and let the gravy thicken.
  • Finally add the paneer cubes.Cook for a minute and remove from fire.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot

Paneer Bhurji Recipe

The paner bhurji looks like scrambled eggs cooked with onion and tomato. The bhurji is a side dish but some people have it as a main course as well. The recipe is simple but the taste is exotic.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1-2 chopped green chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 diced onions
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 400 gm crumbled paneer
  • 1 diced capsicum
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1/2 tsp chat masala
  • salt

Method:

  • Heat oil in large pan. Add ginger, garlic and chillies.
  • After 20 seconds stir in cumin and onions. Cook onions until soft, stir in turmeric and chilli powder over a fast flame.
  • Add tomatoes and allow juices to evaporate. Lower heat, add paneer and heat through.
  • Season well. Add capsicum and coriander.
  • Sprinkle with chat masala before serving.

Paneer Korma Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Cottage Cheese (Paneer)
  • 4 Tomato (Tamatar)
  • 3 Onion (Pyaj)
  • 1 ” long piece Ginger (Adrak)
  • 2 Green Chilly (Hari Mirch)
  • 1 cup Mava
  • 1 cup Cream (Malai)
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder (Lal Mirchi)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric (Haldi)
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tblsp Clarified Butter (Ghee)

Method :

  • Cut paneer in square pieces.
  • Grind onion (pyaj), ginger (adrak), green chilly (hari mirch).
  • Grate mava.
  • Heat clarified butter (ghee) in a pan.
  • Add onion (pyaj), tomato (tamatar) paste.
  • Continue cooking it on medium flame till ghee/oil begins to separate.
  • Add mava, cream (malai).
  • Simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add salt, red chili powder (lal mirchi), turmeric (haldi), garam masala.
  • Add cottage cheese (paneer) pieceswith 1/2 cup of water
  • When the gravy thickens put off the flame.
  • Take off the fire and serve hot.

Achari Paneer Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup paneer, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 5 to 6 fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • 1 teaspoon onion seeds (kalonji)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black salt (sanchal)
  • 3/4 cup curd
  • 1 teaspoon plain flour (maida)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt to taste

Method :

  • Mix the fennel seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, onion seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida in a small bowl.
  • Heat the oil and add the seed mixture.
  • When they crackle, add the onion and saute till it turns translucent.
  • Add the paneer, turmeric, chilli powder, black salt and stir for some time.
  • Add the curds, sprinkle the plain flour and mix well.
  • Add the coriander and salt and bring to a boil.
  • Serve hot with rice or rotis.

Paneer Pasanda Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 500 gms Cottage Cheese (Paneer)
  • 6 Onion (Pyaj)
  • 400 gms Tomato (Tamatar)
  • 1 inch long piece Ginger (Adrak)
  • 2 Green Chilly (Hari Mirch)
  • 1 cup Cream (Malai)
  • 1 cup Curd (Dahi)
  • 100 gm Butter
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder (Lal Mirchi)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric (Haldi)
  • 1 tsp Dried Pudina Leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 cup Milk

Method :

  • Cut cottage cheese in samll pieces.
  • Chop onion very finely.
  • Grind tomato, ginger, green chilly
  • Heat butter in a pan.
  • Saute onions till pink in color.
  • Then add tomato paste.
  • Continue cooking it on medium flame till ghee/oil begins to separate.
  • Put off the flame.
  • Add cottage cheese, cream , curd, salt, red chili powder, turmeric, garam masala, dried pudina leaves and mix well.
  • Keep it aside for an hour.
  • Put the pan on the flame and then add milk to the mixture.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes and then finally put off the gas.
  • Take off the fire and serve hot.