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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Paneer Lababdar | Side Dish for Chapathis / Naan ( Step by Step Pics )

 Its been a while since I posted vegetarian gravy dishes and so this post is dedicated to all my vegetarian friends and of course the non vegetarians too if they love paneer. Paneer (cottage cheese)dishes are always a big 'YES' in my family and kids love it. But I prefer making paneer from scratch at home, you can see the homemade paneer recipe here. However, store brought paneer also works fine for this gravy and its only a matter of personal preference.This gravy is not very spicy and goes well with rumali roti or butter naan or chapathis. This is a crowd pleaser recipe so you can always try this for your guests.It hardly takes any time to put together and the ingredients list is easily available at home. Do try this out and enjoy !!!

Preparation time~15 minutes
Cooking time~20 minutes
Serves ~5-6
paneer /ricotta cheese cubes 260 g(aprox 250g or 1/2 lb)

for masala
onion  1cup finely chopped or 1medium sized
ginger paste 2tsp
garlic paste 2tsp
turmeric powder 1/2tsp
garam masala 1 tsp
tomato 2.5 cups chopped or 3 medium sized
cumin seeds 1tsp
coriander powder/coriander crushed 1tsp
kashmiri chilly powder 1/2-3/4tsp
lemon juice 2tsp
salt to taste
oil 2tbsp
sugar a pinch

to garnish 
kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) 1tsp
coriander leaves (cilantro) chopped 1 tbsp

  • Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds when hot.When it crackles,add onion and saute until the onion turns slightly browned.Now,add the ginger and garlic paste.Saute again till raw smell disappears.
  • Add the spice powders,turmeric powder,coriander powder,chilly powder, garam masala and salt.Saute on low flame until the raw smell disappears.
  • Add in chopped tomatoes and saute until tomatoes gets cooked and is mushy.Switch off flame and wait to cool to blend.

  • Add this mixture in the blender with  a little water and grind until smooth.Add the paste(reserve the blender cleaned masala water) to the same pan and saute on low medium flame.
  • Cook for 2mins and then add the reserved masala water.Add in salt if required and add lemon juice(add more water as per the consistency of the gravy desired). Add salt if required and add a pinch of sugar to balance tastes.

  • Add the paneer cubes and cook for a minute. Rub kasoori methi in your palm and add to the gravy.
  • Finally garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve warm with butter naan / chapathis /  rumali rotis.
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* You can use chilly flakes instead of chilly powder.
* If you wish to make the gravy more rich then soak a tbsp of cashews in water for 2hours.Grind along with the onion tomato mixture.OR you may even add a spoon of butter or garnish with heavy cream.However,the gravy tastes delicious and is creamy without any added calories.I haven't added any of the listed.
* You can leave out kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) but my family loves it and so I add to these kind of garvy;gives a nice aroma.
* I have followed Chef Vikas Khanna's recipe and have tweaked here and there slightly.

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Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

super delicious dear....great pics

Chitz said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow that looks so tempting.. all I would need is a pair of rotis to dunk it 😊

Amina Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

wow... paneer looks simply mouth watering... delicious!

Motions and Emotions said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this makhmali gravy

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

My fav paneer dish.. looks yum!

Tisa Jacob said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the imprint that your homemade paneer has on it. Beautiful.

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy gravy..delicious..

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply yummy! I want to grab it right away..

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

That is a beautiful looking paneer dish! The kids don't like paneer, so when they are not around, I tend to make it since B loves it and I like it once in a while too...

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said... Best Blogger Tips

that looks finger licking good ... i am day dreaming about having it with some hot phulkas now