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Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer

Paneer….it is always almost every vegetarian’s favorite option when they are ordering at a restaurant or trying to plan a party menu for friends & family ☺️

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The same holds true for me too…I enjoy Paneer in every form! I have shared many recipes earlier too…do try Reshmi Paneer, Dhaba Style Palak Paneer or Tawa Paneer. And if you like something in Indo-Chinese, then try Schezwan Paneer and many more.

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Shahi Paneer too is one such delicious preparation, it’s so smooth and absolutely aromatic with a rich base of cream & cashews. Something which has been on my list to share here too. I call this restaurant style, but trust me when I say this, it’s better than what they serve at restaurants which is usually loaded with calories and not so big on flavours. Let’s get on with the recipe…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a wok, a blender, measuring spoons/ cups.

Ingredients:

200 gms Paneer, cut into cubes

3 nos. tomato, roughly chopped

1 nos. large onion, roughly chopped

1-2 nos. green chilli

12-15 nos. cashewnuts soaked in half cup of warm water for 1 hour

6-7 cloves of garlic

2″ piece of ginger

salt to taste

1 tsp red chilly pwd

1+1/2 tbsp coriander pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

3/4 tsp Garam masla

5-6 tbsp cream

2 tbsp oil

1/2 tbsp kasuri methi

coriander leaves, to garnish

Method:

In a blender, add the ginger, garlic & chilli. Make a smooth paste and set it aside. Next, heat oil in the wok, add onions to it. Sauté until golden. Then add the ginger-garlic- chilli paste and cook until the rawness goes away. Then add the tomatoes and cook on medium heat until they are cooked completely and the oil seperates from the spices. Turn off the flame and cool it completely.

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Then once the mixture has cooled, blend it until smooth along with the soaked and drained cashews.

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Add the cashew-tomato paste back into the wok. Keep it on low flame and cook it for another 3-4 mins. Add 1/2 cup of water if needed. Mix well. Then add the dry spice powders except kasuri methi. Season with salt and add the cream. Mix well and cook for another 5 mins or until the gravy thickens.

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Add the paneer at this stage if serving straight away or heat the gravy again and add the cubes just before serving. Mix them very gently. And for that restaurant-like flavour crush some kasuri methi over it and give it one last stir. ☺️

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Do try this one…it’s absolutely yum!

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from The Secret Ingredient

 

Paneer Tawa Masala

Another great recipe using cottage cheese (paneer) and an assortment of rustic spices. This makes for a great weeknight meal option which goes well with Wholewheat Naan or Phulkas too☺️

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You can even make this on a weekend and indulge a bit👌🏼 …flavours of kasuri methi along with saunf (fennel) & the tang of chaat masala makes for a great palate pleaser!

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Pretty easy to whisk up too…it was ready in about 30 mins! Let’s get started…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a non-stick pan/ tawa, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

To marinate the paneer:

250 gms cubed paneer

2 tbsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)

1 tsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp chaat masala

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

To make the Tawa masala:

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp butter

1/2 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)

1/2 tsp saunf (fennel seeds)

1 cup chopped onion

2 tsp chopped green chillies

2 tsp garlic paste

1 1/2 cup tomato purée

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/2 roasted cumin pwd

pinch of sugar

1/2 tsp garam masala 

salt to taste

2-3 tbsp fresh cream

chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

Marinate the paneer with the ingredients mentioned above except the oil and keep it aside for 15-20 mins. After 20 mins, sauté the marinated paneer in 2 tbsp oil for 5 mins in a pan/ tawa. Set it aside.

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Next, add 1 tbsp oil to the remaining oil in the pan, once it’s hot enough, add the jeera & saunf seeds. Let these crackle for a few seconds. Then add the chopped onions, chillies & garlic paste. Cook until the onions turn golden.

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Then add the tomato purée along with coriander pwd, sugar, roasted cumin pwd, salt & garam masala. Sauté for until the tomato purée cooks out and the oil seperates from the masala. Then add the cream, butter & cooked paneer. Mix well and cook for another 3-5 mins. That’s it! Turn off the heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves & serve it piping hot..😀

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Do try it out soon….you will love the flavours!

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Tarla Dalal

Paneer Bhurji/ Paneer Pav Bhaji/ How to make Paneer Bhurji

Paneer Bhurji happens to one of my many quick fixes during weekdays…like Besan Wale Shimla Mirch Aloo😬 Also, it happens to be my hubby’s and my favourite! We both enjoy this for breakfast with some toast or even for lunch or dinner with hot Phulkas or Paratha! Such a great combo…served with some sliced onions and a squeeze of lime juice..👌👌😋 

This one even gets packed for his lunch box! At times, I stuff the leftovers between two slices of Wholewheat bread, toast it and slather the sandwich with some spicy garlic chutney! Another way you can serve it is by pairing it with some warm, buttered Pav, like Paneer Pav Bhaji…because the ingredients are the same😉😉

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My mom makes a very delicious version of this Bhurji, but my version is slightly different. Actually you can also make egg Bhurji using this recipe! You will hardly take 30 mins to prepare this …let’s get started..

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle.

Ingredients:

200 gms paneer (cottage cheese)

1 nos onion finely chopped

1 nos tomato finely chopped

1 nos capsicum finely chopped

2 tsp green chilly-ginger-garlic paste (ggg paste)

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp degi mirch pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd (bhuna Jeera)

1/4 tsp coriander pwd

1 tbsp pav bhaji masala

salt to taste

chopped coriander leaves as needed

1/4 tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp oil/ butter (I usually use butter😁)

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

Method:

Crumble paneer properly and set it aside.

Heat oil in the wok, add hing next. Let it sizzle for a minute, add the onions next. Let the onions sauté for for 2-3 mins so that they turn translucent. Then add ggg paste and again cook it for 2 mins. Add the capsicum and all the dry spices except pav bhaji masala. Also, season with salt. Sauté these together for the next 5 mins or until the capsicum turns soft. Then add the tomatoes and Pav bhaji masala.

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Sauté for 5 mins, the tomatoes should be cooked and turn soft and pulpy. Add the crumbled paneer and mix well. Mash the paneer with the masalas nicely. Cook covered for about 2-3 mins. Turn off flame, add coriander leaves and some lemon juice 👌👌 that’s it! Ready…enjoy!

You can also try my Pav Bhaji recipe!

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Common, try this out soon…you will love the lip smacking flavours!

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Tarla Dalal

Paneer Lababdar & Wholewheat Tava Naan

I am a big of restaurant style gravies for various dishes. They are thick, luscious and really very flavourful. Specially Paneer (Indian cottage cheese). Paneer Lababdar is one such dish, it has a decadence of its own! And when paired with some Wholewheat Tava Naan, this combination is truly something to die for!

If you too are fan of such dishes, then do try Reshmi Paneer or Dhabewala Palak Paneer 👌😉..easy peasy, mouthwatering dishes!!

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The texture of Paneer Lababdar is very creamy and soft and that is why it’s very popular in restaurant menus… Indians love their Paneer…and loving this dish comes naturally to everyone. I too have often ordered this at restaurants alongside some Butter Naan or Tandoori Rotis (Indian flat breads). But since the Naan served in restaurant is usually made of Maida (APF), I always make a Wholewheat version at home…without any yeast or baking soda. Completely healthy! It’s soft and stays fresh for a couple of hours without turning chewy!! 💃

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The recipe I have used is very easy and doesn’t require much prepping. I have made it many times…and it always turns out super delicious! You can say, it can make a perfect party meal if you’re having guests…they will fall in love with your cooking skills😁

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Lets start the recipe…

️Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a non stick pan, a blender, measuring cups/ spoons, a rolling board, rolling pin, a pair of kitchen tongs, a small saucepan, a pan for making the naan, a large bowl.

Ingredients for Paneer Lababdar:

For the sauce: 

2 nos tomato chopped

4-5 nos cashew nuts

2″ piece ginger

4-5 pods garlic

2 nos cloves

2 nos green cardamom (choti elaichi)

1/2 cup water

For the main dish: 

200 gms cubed paneer

2 tbsp grated paneer

1 nos onion finely chopped

1 nos bay leaf

1″ cinnamon stick

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp degi mirch

1/2 tsp Garam masala

salt to taste

1/4 tsp sugar

a pinch of asafoetida

2 tbsp butter (optional)

1 tsp oil

2 tsp fresh cream (I used Amul, you can avoid cream if you wish)

1 tsp kasuri Methi crushed

Method:

For the sauce: 

In a saucepan, add water along with chopped tomatoes, garlic, ginger, cashew nuts, cloves & green cardamom. Bring these to a boil until the tomatoes have cooked and become soft. Add 2-3 tbsp more water if needed to cook them. Once done, cool these and make a fine purée. Set it aside.

For the main dish:

Heat butter and oil in the pan (skip butter if you are calorie conscious, use a little extra oil instead), add the asafoetida, bay leaf and cinnamon stick, sauté them for a minute. Then add chopped onions and cook until it turns golden brown.

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Once it’s golden brown, add the tomato-cashew purée and mix well. Keep cooking these together until the oil separates from the purée. This will take about 7-8 mins. Next add the coriander pwd, cumin pwd, degi mirch & turmeric pwd. Sauté them for about 5 mins. Also add salt, sugar & 1/4 cup water (if required) at this stage. Mix well and cook for another 5 mins on low flame.

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Next, add the cubed paneer & the grated paneer. Stir well but carefully so that the paneer cubes remain intact. Cook for 5 mins. Now, add the crushed kasuri Methi, garam masala & fresh cream. Stir well. That’s it…serve it hot with Wholewheat Tava Naan ☺️👌

Ingredients for Wholewheat Tava Naan:

2+1/2 cup wholewheat flour (gehu ka atta)

water as required to make the dough

salt to taste

1 tsp ghee

4-5 tbsp water for sticking the Naan on the pan

1 tsp kalonji (onion seeds)

some loose wholewheat flour to dust

Method:

In a large bowl, add wholewheat flour and use a little water at a time to make a soft dough. Grease the dough with ghee well and let it rest for 30 mins.

Keep the pan to heat on low flame.

Next, make large balls using the dough (about the size of an orange, I could make 6 such balls), dust the ball with some flour. Using the rolling pin and board, roll this ball in oblong shape and about 5-6 mm thick. Sprinkle some kalonji seeds and press well with the rolling pin. Now, apply some water on the other side of the naan which isn’t covered with kalonji, and put the watered side down on the pan.

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Cook for about 2 mins on medium flame, then using the kitchen tongs, remove from the pan and cook it on open flame on both sides like we cook phulkas/ rotis. Ensure the heat isn’t too high, else the naan will turn dark in colour but remain uncooked within it. That’s it, the naan will be ready in just 3-4 mins. Do the same for the remaining dough. Apply some butter before serving these hot! 👌😬

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Perfect meal is ready! My hubby enjoys this so much😘

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Veg Recipes Of India 

Mattar Paneer / Indian Curried Fresh Green Peas with Cottage Cheese

What do I do when I run out of veggies & absolutely don’t want to step out of my home?! But wish to serve a delicious and nutritious meal….😬 I go the easy way…!! 

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I always…always make it a point to have a slab of cottage cheese/ paneer and some frozen peas handy in my refrigerator! It never fails me. Week nights can often turn hectic and I, by no means wish to spend hours in the kitchen….that’s where my stashed goodies come into play😉

As every other Indian, the hubby and I, too love are Mattar Paneer! We have it with rotis or rice! Nothing could taste better…some earthy, whole spices with a smooth, luscious gravy studded with golden nuggets of paneer and juicy green pea-pearls! Ya! Restaurant style description 😛 If you are a big fan of paneer like we are, then do have a look my Dhaba style Palak Paneer & Reshmi Paneer 💗

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This recipe is fast, easy & absolutely lip-smacking 👌 I took barely 45 mins to get this on the table with soft rotis & a salad…such a basic meal with amazing flavours!!

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a non pan pan / wok, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons, a blender.

Ingredients:

200 gms fresh paneer cut into cubes

150 gms green peas (thaw them if using frozen)

2 nos. medium onions sliced

2 nos. medium tomatoes cubed

7-8 nos. garlic cloves

2″ pc ginger

1 nos. green chilly

1 nos. black cardamom (Badi elaichi)

2″ pc cinnamon stick (dalchini)

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp cumin pwd (jeera)

1 tbsp coriander pwd (dhaniya)

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tbsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp Garam Masala 

Salt to taste

2 tsp oil for the gravy

1 tsp oil to sauté the paneer cubes

some coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

Heat the wok/ pan with 1 tsp of oil, once it’s hot, add the paneer cubes & sauté them well on both sides until they turn golden brown. Once that’s done, remove them from the oil & set aside. Blanch the green peas in some hot water for 6-8 mins. Drain & set that aside too.

In a blender, grind together onion, garlic, ginger & green chilly. Set them aside. Also grind the tomatoes separately & set it aside.

In the same pan/ wok, add 2 tsp oil and heat it well. Add cumin seeds, black cardamom & cinnamon stick. Sauté for a minute. Next add the onion, ginger, garlic & green chilly paste. Cook on medium flame until the oil separates from the masala & it turns rich golden in colour (about 5-6 mins approx). Season with salt. Add the dry spices now, turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, cumin pwd & coriander pwd. Cook for 10 mins until the oil floats on top of the masala. Next goes in the tomato purée & blanched green peas, mix and cook until the oil floats on top (approx 7-8 mins). Lastly add the Garam masala pwd & the sautéed paneer cubes, cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5-7 mins. Once done, garnish with some coriander leaves & serve piping hot 😊

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Hope you will try it soon…trust me it’s a keeper ☺️

Love,

Shreya 💖

RESHMI PANEER ( restaurant style in under 30 mins)

Reshmi Paneer is creamy, spicy, rich and melts in the mouth. What’s even better is that it can made in under 30 mins from start to finish at home!! Tastes just like the ones we get at restaurants! 😀

I love Paneer (Indian Cheese..or Cottage Cheese) it’s absolutely yummy, rich in calcium..hence very healthy!

Besides, being a North Indian, I have grown on palak paneer (cottage cheese with spinach), paneer bhurji (cottage cheese scrambled with veggies and spices) to name a few delectable dishes!

Reshmi Paneer is one such dish…it’s rich, flavourful..mildly spicy. I guess it tasted even better because I used my homemade Aromatic Garam Masala. It bubbled away and the aroma filled my home..it was hard to resist 😉

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The reason why I keep going back to this recipe is because it’s easy to whisk up…uses all the ingredients which are always available at home…takes no herculean efforts..and is ready in no time! Perfect for when you’re running late and dinner is less than an hour away!! & works wonders with guests..they’ll love it and want your recipe! 😛 what more could one ask for?!

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I served it with some piping hot Fulkas (Indian flatbreads) and fresh salad… Let’s look at the recipe now 😊

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a large mouthed pan, a spatula, measuring cups / spoons, chopping board / food processor.

Ingredients:

200 gms fresh paneer (cubed)

2 nos tomatoes ( finely chopped)

1 nos large onion (sliced / julienned)

2 nos capsicum (sliced thinly / julienned)

1/4 cup fresh cream (I used Amul)

1 nos green chilly (slit from the middle)

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tbsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp red chilly pwd

1/4 tsp Garam masala

1 tsp each of ginger & garlic paste

2 tbsp coriander leaves (chopped)

1/4 tsp lemon juice

salt to taste

sugar a pinch

1 tbsp refined oil

Method:

Heat the pan, add the oil. Add the cumin seeds & the slit green chilly. Sauté for a min, let the cumin seeds crackle. Next add the sliced onions along with the ginger – garlic paste. Sauté for 2-3 mins, until the onions turn pink. Next, add the capsicum and all the dry spices except the garam masala. Mix everything well and cook for 5 mins on medium flame. Now add the tomatoes and season with salt and sugar. Stir well and cook until the oil separates..will take about 5-7 mins. Once the oil has separated, add the paneer cubes and mix well..make sure that the cubes stay intact. Add the cream & garam masala at this stage and stir everything together. Simmer for 5 mins more on low flame. Turn off the flame. Add lemon juice and mix it one last time. Garnish with chopped coriander & serve hot with Fulkas, naan bread, kulchas, etc. 😋 😋 enjoy!

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Love,

Shreya 💕

Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor 

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