Paneer or cottage cheese tops the list of favorite food for many vegetarians. It is one of the most versatile ingredients to cook with and is used in cuisines all over the world. The texture is soft, chewy and cheesy. It is easy to digest and all age groups relish it. It can be easily made at home and is very similar to queso blanco(soft cheese made out of pure cow’s milk). Once set, it holds its shape and doesn’t shed it while sautéing. It is the key ingredient in many Bengali sweets and in kormas and other curries. It’s a refreshing ingredient that looks grand and makes a healthy protein substitute for people who do not eat meat.
Lets read on more for 7 lip smacking paneer dishes –
7. Til –E- Paneer
This is a delightful recipe in which cubes of paneer are marinated with yogurt and sesame seeds, to produce a flavorful dish. It is cooked to perfection and served with roti or naan. Pickled onion rings go very well with it too. Til-E-Paneer is an easy recipe for first time cooks too.
6. Paneer With Kali Mirch
Pepper and paneer is like a perfect marriage. The gravy is creamy and the spices level kept to mild. The flavor of pepper dominates the gravy and makes it a hit in all gatherings. For the health conscious, just drop the cream from the recipe. The Dum Paneer Kali Mirchis very easy to make, and we bet your guests willsurely ask for the recipe.
5. Tomato Paneer
Tomato Paneer is one of the easiest recipes of paneer on the block. It is often made in apartments where singles live and also by new cooks trying to impress. And the reason it is so famous is, it has no or very little fat. Just keep a can of tomato puree handy. The paneer is tossed inolive oil with minimal spices. You can add capsicum if you want and milk can be substituted for cream.
4. Kashmiri Veth Chaman
This recipe is as common in Kashmiri, as aloo gobhi in Punjab. A simple recipe that requires frying of homemade paneer in mustard oil, later tossed with mild spices. The gravy is very mild and hasa base of hung yogurt and milk. It tastes totally different from any other paneer that you might have tasted before. Check out the recipe ofVeth Chaman an you will be tempted to try it today itself.
3. Amritsari Paneer Bhurji
You must have had it a zillion times and relished it each and every time. We are talking about the humble Amritsari Paneer Bhurji. When served fresh it s one of the most satisfying vegetarian meals on this planet. The soft crumbling paneer gets uplifted with the basic spices. And the colors of the green chili, fresh coriander and rich tomatoes make it a visual delight. Have it steaming hot with lacha paranthas or even a slice of bread.
2. Paneer Paratha
Paneer Paratha is one of the most popularly eaten paranthas in North India. It isa hot favorite especially amongst those who have to give the delicious keema parantha a miss. Just take fresh paneer grate it well and keep it aside. Now add finely chopped onion, green chilies, salt, basic masalas and amchur to it. A steaming hot crisp, golden, double layered paneer parantha, is sure to give a kick start to anybody’s morning. Have it with dahi or your mom’s mango pickle.
1. Kadai Paneer
This is a very popular dish served in most quality North Indian restaurants. It has rich gravy and is often on the banquets for marriages. The gravy of this dish is the key to it being so popular. The perfect combination of fenugreek, cumin and fennel makes it immensely flavorful and inciting. Paneer is cut into cubes which are allowed to simmer in this kadhai gravy for long. The tomatoes add a new tasteful angel to the whole dish. When garnished with fresh coriander it is a sight for hungry eyes.