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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

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 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.
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 by Tarla Dalal
paneer pita pocket recipe | paneer in whole wheat pita pocket | cottage cheese pita pockets | with 38 amazing pictures Looking for something different and unique for a party starter or a high tea party? Paneer pita pocket is an ideal catch! I personally love it and I am sure your guests would love it too. Pita breads are yeast leavened breads which are very famous in Middle Eastern countries and it also is an Arab bread. There are different ways and methods of making pita bread. Usually pita has a pocket and sometimes, it is made pocket-less!! Pita breads can be had with sauces or dips such as hummus or is even used to wrap kebabs or falafels inside and had as a sandwich. There are a lot many ways to make it, we have made whole wheat pita bread on a tava. To make whole wheat pita bread for paneer in whole wheat pita pocket, first the yeast is activated using sugar and warm water. Once its activated and gets a frothy texture its added to the flour along with oil and salt. And kneaded to a dough. Further we have left it for 30 mins so that its proves or doubles in size. Once the proving of the dough is done. It is then divided into equal portions and roll out, then cooked on a tava and once few blisters are visible, it is cooked on a open flame. Further, we have made a marinade to marinate paneer for paneer in whole wheat pita pocket, as paneer is bland in taste. The marinade is made with oil, coriander leaves, garlic and lemon juice. Paneer is marinated for 10 mins so it absorbs all the flavors. Then, we have made paneer coleslaw with marinated paneer, shredded cabbage, grated carrot, green chilies and mayonnaise, which is stuffed in the pita bread which makes Paneer pita pockets. Paneer pita pockets are satisfying because every part of it, from pita bread to coleslaw is home-made. This is my personal favorite recipe and I make it for get to gathers, the whole family will enjoy these fresh and soft pita pockets, packed with a scrumptious and juicy coleslaw of veggies and paneer with mayonnaise. Enjoy paneer pita pocket recipe | paneer in whole wheat pita pocket | cottage cheese pita pockets | with detailed step by step photos below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
paneer makhmali sabzi | Punjabi paneer makhmali | paneer makhmali curry | with 20 amazing images. This aromatic paneer makhmali sabzi gets its characteristic green colour and fresh flavour from a marinade of coriander, mint and green chillies. Punjabi paneer makhmali has a tasty marinade made of coriander, pudina, cashew nuts, curds, onion and spices. Notes on paneer makhmali sabzi. 1. Add chopped mint leaves. The refreshing flavor of pudina gives the perfect zing to the paneer makhmali recipe. 2. The addition of cashews and curds to the marinade imparts a rich flavour and creamy texture to the paneer, giving this paneer makhmali sabzi a luxurious feel. 3. Add 1 tbsp lemon juice. It will prevent the coriander-mint paste from turning dark and stay fresh and vibrant green. Like most preparations of paneer, it is important to serve the paneer makhmali fresh and hot, while the paneer remains soft and succulent. Serve paneer makhmali hot with parathas or butter naan. Learn to make paneer makhmali sabzi | Punjabi paneer makhmali | paneer makhmali curry | with step by step photos below.
paneer pakora | Punjabi style paneer pakora | paneer pakoda | how to make paneer pakora | with 28 amazing images Paneer pakora is a simple and easy snack. It is moist and soft on inside and crisp outside, unlike other pakora’s. paneer pakoda is made with simple and basic ingredients that are easily available in every household. We have first coated paneer in a dry powder masala which has carom seeds, chilli powder, garam masala , coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder, dried mango powder, (amchur)turmeric powder (haldi) and chaat masala as paneer has a bland taste. We did the process to make the dish even more flavorful and tastier. Once the paneer is coated we have dipped the flavoured paneer into the Bengal gram batter which is made with besan (bengal gram flour), chilli powder, turmeric powder (haldi), asafoetida (hing), hot oil, chopped coriander (dhania) and a pinch of baking soda. Once spiced paneer is dipped in the batter it is deep fried until it turns golden brown. Looking for a quick and easy evening snack or something to eat with a piping hot cup of tea on a rainy day? Pakoras are an ideal choice. Pakora also known as pakoda, pakodi, bhaji, bhajiya is originated from India. It is a deep fried snack, basically a fritter. It is found in restaurants and also sold by food vendors on the streets. Also, It is a famous Indian street food, found all over. Pakora is made by choosing a main ingredient like onion, potato, spinach,eggplant, cauliflower, corn etc. which is then dipped in Bengal gram batter and deep fried. Here we have used paneer which is loved by everyone Punjabi style paneer pakora is my personal favourite out of all the pakora’s. I usually make Punjabi style paneer pakora for my father-in law and husband for evening snack, they are a big fan of paneer pakoda’s and they have it with a cup of tea, it is a perfect combo. I also make it when last minute guests walk in as it is simple, easy and quick but also very mouth-watering and delicious and we can bet your guests would love it!! When making it for my kids, I sometimes cut two pieces of paneer and apply green chutney between them, add little cheese, batter coat and fry. My kids love it. Serve Paneer pakora with green chutney and tomato ketchup. Enjoy paneer pakora | Punjabi style paneer pakora | paneer pakoda | how to make paneer pakora | detailed step by step photos and video given below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
paneer masala recipe | Punjabi paneer masala | dhaba style paneer masala | with 22 amazing images. Our paneer masala recipe is a Punjabi paneer masala. The desi tongue drools at the sight of Paneer Masala. This is a simple paneer masala dish where paneer is cooked in a masala paste with onions. Paneer masala is a variation to paneer butter masala. The rich hue, strong aroma and irresistible taste of this Punjabi paneer masala will make you addicted to it! The appearance, taste and mouth-feel of this sabzi are similar to what you get in restaurant style paneer masala, mainly due to the special paste used for the gravy! In mood for some restaurant style cooking? Here we have a perfect recipe to give a kick to your taste buds which is dhaba style paneer masala. This is a super quick and easy recipe to make. 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 in paneer masala. Paneer absorbs the tangy flavours well, making the overall effect very enjoyable indeed. A seemingly elaborate but actually easy recipe, paneer masala is an ideal accompaniment for jeera rice. Relish this paneer masala hot and fresh, with your favourite rotis or parathas. Lachha Paratha is a perfect match. Learn to make paneer masala recipe | Punjabi paneer masala | dhaba style paneer masala | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
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 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.
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 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!
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 by Tarla Dalal
paneer matar biryani recipepaneer matar biryani recipe | brown rice veg biryani | healthy paneer brown rice biryani | green peas brown rice biryani | with 34 amazing images. Layers of brown rice and spicy paneer mutter make this paneer matar biryani recipe a real delicacy. This brown rice veg biryani is undoubtedly going to be each one’s favorite. Learn how to make healthy paneer brown rice biryani. For green peas brown rice biryani, first the onion brown rice is made. In a deep non-stick pan onions are roasted and then the cooked brown rice and salt are added and cooked for about a minute. This is followed by making the paneer mutter mixture of the biryani. Again onions, ginger-green chilli paste and garlic paste are roasted with about a tbsp. of water. Then fresh tomato pulp and a few spices are added and cooked for a while. Finally paneer cubes, green peas and salt are added and the consistency is adjusted with water. A final cooking of 1 minute is required hereafter and the subzi is then ready for serving. Paneer is a show-stealer in healthy paneer brown rice biryani, here we have made use of its low fat version to save on some calories and fat!. And roasted onions add a yummy touch to the brown rice. This biryani is a tad healthier than white rice biryani. The use of brown rice and green peas boosts the fiber content of this brown rice veg biryani. But remember to control the portion size. Weight watchers need to be aware of the carbs that are accompanied with this biryani. Not more than half serving of this biryani is suggested occasionally for diabetics and heart patients. Enjoy paneer matar biryani recipepaneer matar biryani recipe | brown rice veg biryani | healthy paneer brown rice biryani | green peas brown rice biryani | with step by step photos.
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 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 .
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 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!
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 on 01 Apr 18 12:44 AM


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Tarla Dalal    Hi Vikram, thanks for your feedback. Happy cooking.
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20 Apr 18 11:24 AM
13 Best Paneer Recipes You Should Not Miss Out On!
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 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.
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08 Jan 18 03:41 PM
13 Best Paneer Recipes You Should Not Miss Out On!
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 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!
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 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.
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18 Feb 17 11:10 AM
13 Best Paneer Recipes You Should Not Miss Out On!
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 on 28 Jan 17 02:38 PM


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