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 13 Best Paneer Recipes You Should Not Miss Out On!

  Last Updated : Oct 25,2018

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13 Best Paneer Recipes

Cottage cheese, a wonder ingredient loved the world over, is extremely popular in Indian cuisine. Although the word itself is believed to be of Persian origin, references to paneer are found in early Vedic scriptures, making it quite indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. There is, therefore, no wrong is calling it Indian cheese!

Paneer is not only tasty, but also a great source of protein to non-vegan vegetarians, including the Buddhists. Hence, for more reasons than one, this popular ingredient is greatly loved by many, and used in a range of recipes ranging from soups and salads to Snacks and Starters, main course and Desserts too.

The succulent, crumbly texture of paneer, and its ability to mingle easily with other ingredients and absorb varied flavours, makes it a versatile and cooperative ingredient. In this article, we present you with recipes ranging from toasts and rolls like Tomato and Paneer Open Toast and Paneer N Cheese Roll to subzis and snacks like Paneer Masala and Paneer Chilli Cigars. So, just imagine the variety of recipes possible using paneer.

The best part about paneer is that it is an easily available ingredient. These days, even vegetable shops, dairy booths and local grocers stock paneer. If you are not satisfied with these, and want the softest of soft paneer, you can prepare it easily at home .

So, get started with a slab of paneer, and prepare memorable dishes using it, to win the hearts of your near and dear ones.

best 13 best paneer recipes

 by Tarla Dalal
It is amazing how four ingredients merely mixed together can create such a tongue-tingling effect! Indeed, the perfectly balanced textures and exciting flavours of ingredients like paneer, spring onions and Schezuan sauce truly excite the palate, more so when the mixture is packed inside plain flour wrappers and deep-fried till perfectly crisp. Enjoy the Paneer Parcels immediately on preparation, to enjoy the exciting crispness.
You will go gaga over these scrumptious Parathas , which are stuffed with soft grated paneer and crunchy cabbage, perked up with coriander and green chillies. The mix of flavours and textures is just too perfect, making this a special treat that everybody will enjoy. These Paneer Parathas are compatible with Jain menus too.
 by Tarla Dalal
You will find this recipe especially satisfying, because every part of it, from the pita bread to the paneer coleslaw is homemade. Although that might sound daunting, it is not so. While it takes around twenty minutes to prepare the ingredients, the actual assembly and cooking of the pita pockets are quite fast, so you will actually enjoy making it. The whole family will enjoy these fresh and soft pita pockets, packed with a scrumptious and juicy coleslaw of veggies and paneer with mayonnaise.
 by Tarla Dalal
This aromatic subzi gets its characteristic green colour and fresh flavour from a marinade of coriander, mint and green chillies. The addition of cashews and curds to the marinade imparts a rich flavour and creamy texture to the paneer, giving this subzi a luxurious feel. Like most preparations of paneer, it is important to serve the Paneer Makhmali fresh and hot, while the paneer remains soft and succulent.
While traveling across the Punjab one comes across the one of the most delicious yet simple snack. . . The pakoda. Pakodas can be made from nearly any vegetable be it spinach, onions, cauliflower, potatoes and even chilies by dipping them in a seasoned batter of besan and then deep-frying. Pakodas taste best when eaten piping hot. Paneer makes great pakodas that melt in your mouth. Chutney is the perfect accompaniment to this wonderful snack that is sure to leave you, your family and guests licking their fingertips. A perfect choice for a High Tea Party . Serve along with crunchies like Herbed Sticks , Jowar Til Nimki , Soya and Til Crispies or Baked Chaklis .
 by Tarla Dalal
The desi tongue drools at the sight of Paneer Masala. It is perhaps the first dish that comes to mind when one thinks of paneer. A succulent tomato-based gravy flavoured with an elaborate masala paste containing almost all the spices in your masala dabba together with onions, coconut, and other ingredients, plays host to cubes of soft, fresh paneer. Paneer absorbs the tangy flavours well, making the overall effect very enjoyable indeed.
 by Tarla Dalal
An easy but irresistible snack, made by rolling a succulent paneer mixture into samosa patties, and deep-frying the cigar-shaped rolls. The use of chilli-garlic sauce and spring onions to flavour the stuffing gives it an unmistakable Chinese touch. The Paneer Chilli Cigars are handily sized, and look very appetizing too, making them perfect to serve at cocktail parties. Make these rolls with fresh paneer to get the most enjoyable texture.
The versatility of paneer never ceases to amaze me! cooking the paneer in this lip-smacking marinade imparts a delicious feel to the wrap. The salads as well as the special garlic aioli sauce spread on the paneer make this worthy of a connoisseur’s attention.
 by Tarla Dalal
Cubes of tomato and cottage cheese marinated in herb oil and topped on crusty french bread. Quick as a wink to prepare! everyone will enjoy these delicious toast!
 by Tarla Dalal
Paneer is a show-stealer! Undoubtedly one of my favorites. Layers of rice and spicy paneer mutter make this Biryani a real delicacy. And roasted onions add a yummy touch to the brown rice. I have used low-fat milk to enhance its calcium and protein content, even while curbing the calories. To keep the paneer soft, place it in warm water for a few minutes and then use it.
 by Tarla Dalal
French bread meets desi spice in this innovative Paneer Tikka Sub Sandwich. Here, French bread is layered with luscious mayonnaise, cheese and veggies along with a tongue-tickling paneer tikka filling. The juiciness of the veggies, the unbeatable taste of cheese, the spiky flavour of the sauces and the truly irresistible filling dance together on your palate to give you a mind-blowing experience. The addition of dried fenugreek leaves to the filling along with other spice powders gives it a fabulous flavour, which is so tantalizing that your taste buds keep yearning for more, long after you are through with your sandwich. You can also try other delicious sub sandwiches like Cheesy Veg Footlong and Veg Sub Sandwich .
 by Tarla Dalal
Tikki chole is one of the most popular chaats in North India. One afternoon when I was left with the task of feeding my hungry grandchildren, I thought of making the most of what was available on my kitchen shelf. I then chanced upon this recipe which has today become very popular amongst my family and friends. It took some time to master the art of making crisp alu tikkis. I use old potatoes (which are commonly referred to as wafer potatoes) to make the tikkis crisp and a slice of soaked bread to not only bind the potatoes but also to make them more crunchy. The paneer filling for tikkis uses tomato purée which adds a sharp tangy taste to it. If you are one of those who would like to avoid deep frying tikkis (all of us think it a crime to eat deep fried food), you can shallow fry on a griddle (tava) using a little oil. Chole along with these tikkis makes a heavy snack. But you will enjoy the tikkis by themselves with a little green chutney.
Your kids will jump with joy and thank you for this sumptuous treat! A succulent cutlet of paneer and coarsely crushed green peas gives an exciting twist to this crunchy, juicy, satiating burger. Eggless mayonnaise provides the required creaminess, while veggies and lettuce impart an enjoyable crunch to this Paneer and Green Peas Burger. Interestingly, this burger stays fresh in the tiffin box for around 5 hours, and can be comfortably sent to school for your kids, with all your love! Fat Free Wafers is a good accompaniment to the burger, so do pack some in another tiffin.
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13 Best Paneer Recipes You Should Not Miss Out On!
 on 01 Apr 18 12:44 AM

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Tarla Dalal    Hi Vikram, thanks for your feedback. Happy cooking.
20 Apr 18 11:24 AM
13 Best Paneer Recipes You Should Not Miss Out On!
 on 08 Jan 18 02:40 PM

Paneer is my family''s fav and the recipes of Tarlaji are yummmmmm
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Rakhi, we are delighted you loved the Paneer article. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review the articles you have loved. Happy Cooking.
08 Jan 18 03:41 PM
13 Best Paneer Recipes You Should Not Miss Out On!
 on 03 Mar 17 02:34 PM

Love you collection of Best 13 Best Paneer Recipes and Paneer is not only tasty, but also a great source of protein to non-vegan vegetarians, We Love Paneer Parcels, Paneer Pakoda,Paneer Chilli Cigars
13 Best Paneer Recipes You Should Not Miss Out On!
 on 18 Feb 17 10:44 AM

All Tarlaji s Paneer recipe is my favorite
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Girish , we are delighted you loved the Paneer article. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review the articles you have loved. Happy Cooking.
18 Feb 17 11:10 AM
13 Best Paneer Recipes You Should Not Miss Out On!
 on 28 Jan 17 02:38 PM

Loved your display and collection of Paneer recipes. A must try is paneer Tikka sandwich.