Paneer is fresh cottage cheese extensively used in Indian cuisine especially in north India. It is a homemade Indian cheese that is used in making different desserts, appetizers and main course dishes. Paneer is very versatile, soft and blends well with creamy sauces. It is usually served as an appetizer or accompaniment to a main course. It is moist and has soft crumbly texture.
It is a rich source of milk protein often used in making awesome delicacies such as Sandesh, Rasgulla, Mattar paneer etc. Paneer is slightly chewy consistency and mild flavour. It hold its shape well and doesn’t melt, hence you can sauté it, grill or crumble/ grate and just do about anything to add in your dishes. Paneer also happens to be one of the easiest cheeses to make at home, requiring nothing more than milk and lemon juice.
Paneer is one of the rich source of proteins for most vegetarians and are added to classic Indian dishes like kormas, curries etc. Paneer is the most common South Asian and Persian cheese. It is basically an un-aged, acid set, non-melting farmer cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice or other food acid.
The texture of paneer is quite similar to the Greek feta cheese. Paneer is one of those few types of cheese indigenous to the Indian sub-continent and widely used in Indian cuisine, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cuisine. Paneer is completely lacto-vegetarian and a great source of proteins to the vegans.
Chhena or Chhana is an East Indian variant of Paneer widely eaten in West Bengal, Orissa region of India and also in the neighbouring country of Bangladesh. Moist and soft crumbly in texture, it is used to make delicacies such as Sandesh, Matter paneer and Rasgulla. It is a rich source of milk protein.
The procedure of making Chhena is similar to paneer but it is not pressed for a long time. In Orissa, the process of making the cheese is same that of ricotta. The milk is boiled, curdled with a small amount of whey and then strained and beaten in cheesecloth. The cheese is kneaded well till it becomes smooth and can be used in any dessert.
Paneer is often added into making some very lip-smacking, explicit salads, snacks, and various curries/ gravies that is worthy to get a connoisseur’s attention and ask for more. From a hearty paneer stuffing into a kathi roll or paneer egg roll to adding these soft cubes in delectable creamy malai gravy (Paneer Methi Malai Mirch) to salads gets bliss to our palate and delights our taste buds.
Listed below are some of the exceptional and exotic easy Paneer gravy recipes:
Paneer is a homemade Indian cheese that is used in making different desserts, appetizers and main course dishes. Paneer is very versatile, soft and blends well with creamy sauces. It is usually served as an appetizer or accompaniment to a main course.
A big brinjal called (aubergine) cut into fillet and grillen then rolled up with some paneer stuffing and cooked in tangy tomato gravy with the touch of basil it combines flavourful dish.
Its An innovative crispy rolls, paneer egg rolls are made from oats, crumbled paneer, and spice. This is a fried snack item that is sure to appeal to all, when served hot with mint and coriander chutney or ketchup.
This is a very popular crunchy crispy deep fried snack or starter dish. Paneer is coated with gram flour and spices and deep fried into paneer pakoda or fritters. These are excellent as starter or cocktail snack is served with green mint chutney.
Paneer Paratha is a popular Punjabi paratha recipe. A delicious double-layer of paratha filled with spiced paneer or cottage cheese is an experience one should die for.
Paneer Do Pyaza Dry
Paneer do pyaza is an appealing paneer dish with luscious paneer or cottage cheese cubes cooked in a rich and creamy onion based gravy.
Paneer Do Pyaza Wet
Paneer Do Pyaza is a simple cottage cheese preparation with onions Paneer Do Pyaza is a simple, appealing paneer dish made with luscious paneer or cottage cheese cubes lightly fried and cooked in a rich, mildly spiced and creamy onion based gravy.
Paneer bhurji is a scramble made with succulent pieces of paneer, onions, tomoto and colourful capsicums (yellow and green) mixed together and spiced with the heat of green chillies and sprinkled with a dash of lime juice to offer a tang to the dish.
Paneer Amritsari is an excellent and popular dish from the Punjabi cuisine usually sold in many restaurants and Punjabi dhabas. Also made as a lip smacking finger snack at evening party time, It is one of the hottest favorite options among the vegetarians.
Chilli Paneer is a simple dish made from paneer (soft cheese), bell peppers, green chilies and other spices to give it a nice yummy taste. This is a stir fry dish.
Crispy battered fried paneer, very yummy to taste.
Yummy dish made with deep fried paneer and tofu pieces sautéed in a sweet and spicy slurry.
Shakshouka (also shakshuka) is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, often spiced with cumin. It is believed to have a Tunisian origin.
Chatpata Phaldari Phool Makhana Paneer
Phool makhana is a lotus seed if they fried becomes crispy then tossed with some fruits and veggies by sprinkling some masalas it make it chatpata. This is an yum chatpata evening snack dish liked by everyone.
Paneer pizza pockets are easy to make snacks stuffed with paneer, herbs and spices same like paneer pizza topping and deep fried.
Paneer Besan ka Cheela or gram flour combined with grated paneer and made into excellent savoury pancakes.
Popcorn Paneer with Homemade Cheese
Popcorn paneer makes a great appetizer. It is basically like nuggets only smaller in size and is crispy and bites size. The paneer pieces are double breaded and then fried in the deep fryer. You can cut the paneer up however you want; either into bigger or smaller pieces.
A popular variation of paneer pakora is to sandwich two pieces of paneer with green chutney before dipping them in the pakora batter.
An whole wheat flour Indian flat bread stuffed with a mix of spinach and paneer (Indian cottage cheese).
Paneer Satay with Peanut Sauce
Paneer cut in to big size and marinated with different fresh flavourful herbs and coconut milk, peanut butter and cooked on griller till light brown colour. This is served with peanut sauce.
Paneer Butter Pepper Fry – mildly spiced batter coated paneer deep fried until slightly browned and later tossed in some butter and pepper masala.
Paneer Tikka Masala is a gourmet dish which is simple to cook but very flavourful. Marinated paneer with tomato gravy makes a delightful dish for a formal dinner.
Kadai Paneer is one of the popular paneer recipe. This recipe is prepared in restaurant style. Cubed paneer combined with spicy kadhai gravy! The aroma of spices cooking in simmering tomatoes is unmistakeably signature of this dish!
Paneer Butter Masala is a delicious dish in which succulent cubes of Indian Cottage Cheese are cooked in thick creamy, tangy gravy.
Mattar Paneer Recipe with Yellow Curry – Green peas and cottage cheese cooked in mildly spiced yellow gravy curry. This is an excellent and delicious dish that is often available in most restaurant menus.
Shahi Paneer is a rich and aromatic dish, Indian cheese cooked in almond gravy a great Mughlai cooking.
Paneer pasanda is a dish from the Mughlai cuisine, paneer sandwiched with pleasant spices and then cooked in a delicate blend of gravy, spices, like cumin, and kasuri methi.
This is an amazing dish, paneer cooked with methi and shimla mirch in mildly spiced yellow gravy adorned with cream.
Paneer Pepper Butter Masala is a popular north Indian dish – Paneer added to spicy, colourful and flavourful pepper spiced makhani gravy.
This combination of spinach and paneer is not only highly nutritious, but is a splendid blend of taste, texture and flavour. The paneer in this recipe has been fried to add some extra flavour.
Paneer or Indian cottage cheese cooked along with green peas and fenugreek leaves (methi) in amazing creamy mildly spiced gravy.
Paneer Makhani as the name suggests is a very rich subzi from the land of the Punjab. This dish is one of the most liked dish from the punjabi cuisines especially made with the most loved ingredient butter. In traditional Punjabi houses, the women folk make pure white butter from thick creamy milk. Soft paneer chunks are dunked into a rich tomato based gravy a must try for all paneer lovers!
Mattar Paneer Recipe with Yellow Curry - Peas & Cottage Cheese
Mattar Paneer in Yellow curry is popularly known as Mattar Paneer Korma which is an awesome and mouth-watering dish made with peas and cottage cheese cooked in mildly spiced creamy nut gravy. The gravy is one of the most aromatic and luscious spicy, tangy and rich sauce influenced from the Mughlai cuisine. It’s an excellent base of boiled nuts and fried onions ground, added to spices and enriched with yogurt and cream to make a grand creamy based sauce.
Palak Paneer is an Indian gravy based curry made of spinach and paneer (a non melting Indian cheese) in a tomato and onion gravy with Indian spices. It’s a very popular vegetarian delicacy. The dish looks very appetizing due to the combination of its natural green and white colors of the spinach and paneer. This dish is mildly flavored and not a very spicy curry. Normally in the state of Punjab, Palak paneer is a speciality dish in most of the dhabas. Palak paneer is served with hot Indian flat breads accompanied with a glass of Lassi.
This is a very popular paneer recipe from the Punjabi cuisine made with succulent pieces of fresh paneer cubes cooked in smooth, luscious and creamy green gravy. The green gravy is an amazing combination of whole garam masala, green tomatoes, coriander leaves, greens for spring onions, basil leaves, kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) spiced with green chillies blended together to make a smooth paste and give a vivacious green look. The addition of honey is a surprise as it complements the natural tang of the green tomatoes and balances the heat from the spices and green chillies to suit every palate.
Saag Paneer with Sour Greens Gongura Paneer Curry
A paneer(cottage cheese) curry with the distinctive taste of its main ingredient gongura or sorrel leaves.
Paneer Corn methi pulao is a one pot meal prepared with sweet corn, paneer and fenugreek leaves, the duo tastes awesome and gives a fantastic flavor to the pulao. This is one among the best lunch box meal that is easy to make and doesn't need any special sides to accompany it, just some curd or raita will do.
Khoya Paneer Mutter is a vegetarian fare from Banaras made with three main ingredients khoya, green peas and paneer combination with tomato based gravy and this very tasty preparation goes well with soft breads Naan, Kulcha and roti.
Paneer dishes tastes extremely good with pulaos, fried rice, naan, butter naan etc. I love preparing most of these recipes and also feel delighted sharing so that you would also be inspired in making these exotic and yummy paneer recipes and delight your family and friends with joy.
If at all I have not mentioned any of your favourite paneer recipes then you could always click on at:
You could always reach me at my below links:
Enjoy Cooking! Keep Smiling…