Diwali Recipes

Monday, August 13, 2012


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I have mentioned many times before about the famous Malai paneer which we get in Mumbai.This malai paneer is really soft and just melts in the mouth and tastes even good to eat it just like that.I am not sure about other parts of India but I have never tasted such a soft paneer in south India. My liking for paneer increased a bit more after coming to Mumbai and tasting this paneer. I use it extensively in my cooking and this paneer finds its way in curries,pulaos,stir fry,sweets,salads,burgers,snacks.
Today I would like to share with our favorite paneer sabzi recipe which I make on regular basis.This paneer sabzi is a simple recipe and hardly takes much time to prepare it and also does not include any grinding .Though most of the dry paneer recipes sounds the same with similar ingredients,I believe the way the vegetables are cut,the proportions of masalas and the preparation process makes it taste totally different.All the vegetables are finely chopped which makes the paneer to dominate in the recipe with the veggies clinging to the paneer pieces.This recipe is definitely simple which is apt for daily cooking or as well as for a party.

Look at the white,soft and fleshy interior of paneer even after it is cooked in this photo.
Paneer Sabzi | Simple Paneer Curry Recipe:
(Serves 2)

250 gms Homemade Paneer (or store bought)*,cut into 1" strips
1 Capsicum,finely chopped
1 Onion,finely chopped
1 Tomato,finely chopped
2 Green chillies,finely chopped
1 tsp Kasuri methi
1/4 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp Kitchen king masala(optional)
1/4 tsp Red chili powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
Salt to taste
2 tsp Oil
  • Cut paneer in to 1" long strips and keep them aside.
  • Remove the stem and seeds of capsicum and chop it fine.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan and crackle cumin seeds.Add finely chopped onions and finely chopped green chillies and fry until they turn pink.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste,finely chopped capsicum and fry again for a couple of minutes.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt and fry until the whole mixture turns mushy.Cover it with a lid while cooking tomatoes which makes it cook faster.
  • Open the lid and add turmeric powder,garam masala,red chili powder,kitchen king masala and kasuri methi(crush it in between your palms before adding) and salt to it and fry for 3-4 mins until the masalas are fried and the mixture is thick.
  • Add paneer pieces and mix gently taking care to avoid breaking paneer pieces.Cover it and cook for 2-3 mins until all the masala seeps in the paneer.
Serve it hot with roti/chapati/naan/kulcha/paratha/pulao/jeera rice.

*I used paneer which is extremely soft.If your paneer is not a very soft variety,soak the paneer pieces in luke warm water and keep it covered until its use. Gently squeeze and add to the masala while adding to the curry.

  1. Do not add more than 1 tsp of kasuri methi in the recipe as it will make the dish turn bitter.
  2. I recommend fresh malai paneer for this recipe for the required taste,otherwise packages one is fine.Frozen ones are not suggested for this recipe.
  3. If you are using a packaged paneer add 1-2 tbsp milk to the masala mixture before adding paneer which makes the paneer soft.
  4. Keep the masalas simple for this recipe and also add in limited quantity for a flavorful paneer sabzi.

 Check out other Paneer recipes in my blog:


Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

The panner sabji looks really yummy and tasty dear:)

Sushma Madhuchandra said...

I have seen malai paneer in Bangalore too. Never bought it though! Dish looks easy, shall try it!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow delicious recipe,totally loved it...

SirisFood said...

Liaisons tempting...happy to follow you..

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Sangeetha Nambi said...

Delicious... inviting one...

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Looks very yummy Prathibha...

Srimathi said...

Looks tempting.YUm!

MEENA said...



Chitra said...

Its really a simple yummy recipe to try. I really want to try some panner recipes. bookmarked.. :)

Spice up the Curry said...

simple awesome paneer subzi.

Veena Theagarajan said...

Simple and wonderful recipe.. I am happy to follow u


Uma Ramanujam said...

Never tried recipes using malai paneer. but looking at your picture it looks very tender and soft. Yummy!!!

jeyashrisuresh said...

Simple yet delicious paneer curry.neat clicks too

Jayasri Ravi said...

delicious recipe, looks yummy and beautiful clicks too..

Priti said...

Yum yum ..paneer is my fav...this loks delish

Kavitha said...

delicious recipe....


Shweta in the Kitchen said...

Super delicious & great clicks


Hamaree Rasoi said...

You are right when I came here it was really difficult to find good quality panner . But now I get super soft paneer in Spar, totoal mall. Delicious paneer curry...

Nagashree said...

Looks gorgeous and easy to make. It is true you can vary the amount of ingredients or cut veggies differently and end up with a totally different taste.

Shobha Kamath said...

Delicious looking recipe.


looks tempting! easy sabji

Prathima Rao said...

Simple & mouthwatering recipe!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Sathya Sankar said...

Looks very inviting, nice recipe!

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suhaina aji said...

super clicks...looks yummy..

Archana said...

Thanks for the last tip I tend to overdo the masalas and repent at leisure. :D
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Gujarati recipes said...

yummy dish...
i love it...

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