Some Famous Paneer (Cheese) Dishes of India

Author: IndianCook  /  Category: Cooking Traditions, For All Seasons, Fried Foods, Vegetarian Recipes

Shahi Paneer Recipe
Paneer or cottage cheese is one of most popular food ingredient widely used in different recipes which are purely vegetarian in nature. In fact the paneer dishes are very delicious and some of them are more mouth watering than non-vegetarian dishes. Here are some famous paneer dishes of India which are very easy to prepare in your home. Let us learn how to prepare two very famous dishes – paneer butter masala and shahi paneer.

Paneer Butter Masala

What you would require? 
300 gm of paneer, 2 onions chopped (blanched and pureed), ½ cup butter, 2 tbsp coriander powder, 4 tbsp tomato puree, 1 tablespoon garlic-ginger paste, 2 tbsp cashew nuts, 1 tbsp turmeric powder, 2 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder, 1 tbsp garam masala, 1 cup fresh cream and salt for taste.

Cut the paneer into cubes and fry them. Now put them in hot water to keep them soft. Heat butter in a kadai and add the onion puree and sauté till they are light brown in colour. Now add the garlic-ginger paste and sauté for some time. The add kashmiri chilly powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cashew nuts, tomatoe puree, garam masla and salt. Add little amount of water and sauté.

Now add the paneer cubes and add required amount of water. Cook till the gravy turns semi solid or quite thick. Finally garnish with fresh cream and the paneer butter masala is ready to be served with hot rotis.

Shahi Paneer

What you would require? 
300 gm cheese cut into cubes of bite size. Two onions chopped, 1 tablespoon garlic-ginger paste, 2 green chillies, ¾ tablespoon of turmeric powder, 1 tbsp garam masala, ½ cup cream, ¼ cup dry fruits, ½ tbsp white pepper powder, 1 tbsp red chilly powder, 10 tbsp vegetable oil, ½ cup milk and salt to taste.

Fry paneer in a frying pan till they are light brown in color. Now put them in hot water so that they remain soft. Sauté the dry fruits in the remaining oil in the frying pan. Make a fine paste of onion, garlic-ginger paste, and green chilly in a blender. Fry the mixture in oil and sauté till they are light brown in color. Lower the flame and add white pepper, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, garam masala, and salt. Saute the mixture again for 1 or 2 minutes. Pour the milk, dry fruits and heat till the gravy is thick. Cook on a low flame and then add the paneer cubes. Heat the paneer on the gravy for another 2 minutes. Now add the cream over it. The shahi paneer is ready to serve. Garnish with more dry fruits and serve it with tandori rotis.

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