Shwetha Bhat is passionate about food and cooking. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and share recipes from her native Indian cuisine.
Easy and Tasty Side Dish
Paneer is a type of Indian cottage cheese that is typically made with curdled milk. Beloved by kids and adults alike, paneer is rich in protein.
Paneer lababdar is a tasty side dish that can be made easily without complicated steps. Pair it with roti, paratha, chapati, naan, phulka or flavored rice.
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- 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
- 2-3 red chilies, or as needed
- 10 cashews
- 2 inches long cinnamon
- 2 cardamom pods
- 2-3 cloves
- 1 cup water, or as needed
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1 bayleaf
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
- salt, to taste
- 250 grams paneer, cubed
- 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves), crushed
- 2 tablespoons fresh cream
- In a vessel, combine chopped tomatoes, red chilies, cashews, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Add water, close the lid and cook for 5 minutes or till the tomatoes are well cooked. Switch off the flame and let it cool down to a warm temperature.
- After the tomato mixture becomes warm, transfer it to a mixer jar. Close the lid and grind to smooth paste without adding water. Set aside.
- In a pan, heat the ghee and oil. Add the bay leaf, splutter the cumin seeds and saute for a few seconds.
- Add the ground paste from step 2 and water. Mix well.
- Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste. Mix and combine well. Close the lid and cook for 3-4 minutes or till raw smell of tomatoes vanishes.
- Add cubed paneer and mix gently without breaking paneer cubes. Add water and mix. Close the lid and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add crushed the kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) and add salt if required. Add fresh cream, mix and combine well. Switch off the flame.
- Garnish with grated paneer and cream. Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, chapati, phulka or flavored rice. Enjoy.
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- Increase or decrease the quantity of red chilies and spice powders as per your preference.
- Adding ghee is optional. Ghee gives a nice flavor to the gravy.
- Homemade or store-brought paneer can be used.