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How to Make Nawabi Paneer (Cottage Cheese in White Gravy)

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Nawabi Paneer (Cottage Cheese in White Gravy)

Nawabi Paneer (Cottage Cheese in White Gravy)

Under the Mughal Empire in India, Nawabs were deputy rulers of various princely states. They were known for being connoisseurs of good food—and for this reason, various rich and flavorful dishes were prepared by their bawarchis (cooks) that were tender, smooth, and creamy.

Our recipe today is of one such dish: Nawabi paneer, a cottage cheese dish from the Hyderabadi region of India, cooked in a creamy gravy of nuts and spices.

In modern times, the traditional richness of this recipe has been reduced slightly as people today have started leaning toward simpler and healthier eating. Nonetheless, this is a delectable dish that I hope readers will try. Please give your feedback in the comments section, below.

Cook Time

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15 min

30 min

45 min

Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp desi ghee (clarified butter), you can replace with oil
  • 100 grams paneer (cottage cheese), cubed
  • 15 cashew nuts & 1 tbsp melon seeds, ground to a paste
  • 1 onion, ground to a paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tej patta (bay leaves)
  • 1/2 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 1 black cardamom, crushed coarsely
  • 2 green cardamom, crushed coarsely
  • 4 cloves
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp dahi (yogurt), whisked till smooth
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 fresh green chilies, tops removed and slit on one side
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Heat the clarified butter in a pan on medium heat until it melts.
  2. Add the whole spices (bay leaves, cumin seeds, green and black cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves). Saute for 30 seconds on low heat.
  3. Add the onion paste and ginger-garlic paste and saute until the onions turn a light pink color, about 2 minutes. Raise heat to medium.
  4. Add the cashew nuts and melon seed paste and reduce heat to low. Saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the coriander powder, black pepper powder, and slit green chilies. Saute for 1 minute.
  6. Add the yogurt, a little at a time, and keep stirring simultaneously until all of it is added and mixed well. Cook for 1 minute. Keep the heat on low.
  7. Add 3/4 cup milk, and add the rest later, if needed. Stir until it mixes well and then add the salt. Keep the heat on low-medium and keep stirring and cooking the gravy until it thickens a bit.
  8. Add the paneer (cottage cheese) and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to low. Add the fresh cream. Stir until the cream combines well and then remove from heat.
  10. Serve with naan, paratha, or roti.

Nawabi Paneer (Cottage Cheese in White Gravy) Recipe

© 2018 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 22, 2018:

Pasteurized whole milk could be tried, Peggy. Thank you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 19, 2018:

Getting raw milk might be a problem over here unless one knows a farmer that has milk-producing animals. I have never seen raw milk for sale in our grocery stores.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 30, 2018:

Peggy, it's a simple process. The only requirement is raw milk. Hope you can try it. Thank you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

You are fortunate to be able to make your own cottage cheese on a regular basis. Now I understand why and how you can control the size of the curds. Thanks for your explanation.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 24, 2018:

Peggy, we prepare cottage cheese at home on a regular basis. It is basically curds which after straining out are tied in a cloth and some weight kept on it for a few hours to get a solid block which is then cubed.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 24, 2018:

I hope you could give this a try Bill, now that this recipe has evoked some interest in you. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 24, 2018:

It is pretty easy to prepare Louise and delicious as well.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 24, 2018:

Glad you like the recipe. Thank you Rinita.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 22, 2018:

This does sound rich and delicious. I have never seen cottage cheese that could be cubed. Over here it comes in containers where the curds are already very small. The cottage cheese that you are describing would be more like a firm tofu that could be cubed. That is interesting!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 22, 2018:

Never in a million years would I think of combining cottage cheese and white gravy...but now you have me curious. :)

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 22, 2018:

This sounds lovely, and easy to make too. Thanks for the recipe. =)

Rinita Sen on September 22, 2018:

Yummy, but if this is a tempered down version, I wonder how rich the original was! Haha. Enjoyed your intro as usual.