Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese is lip-smacking delicious and all-time favourite ingredient for Indian recipes. This fresh cheese which is easily available can be used in a variety of delicious dishes. Paneer is favourite to use in North Indian cuisine, but of late used in even many south Indian paneer recipes.
It is made by curdling the hot milk with either lime juice or vinegar. When milk curdles it is separated into curds and whey. Curds are then strained in a cheesecloth, and whey is separated. whey is high in protein can be used in a variety of dishes. I mostly use the whey to make chapati/paratha dough. In most of these recipes, I use my homemade paneer. Here’s how to make paneer at home.
There is something about fresh cottage cheese, that none of us can resist savouring its taste once in a while. Since it is made with milk, it is naturally loaded with calcium and is rich in proteins.
A roll, a curry, a spicy dish or oh so yummy paratha, we love all of these Paneer recipes. That is indeed the magic of soft and creamy paneer. It is true that fresh cottage cheese works like magic in any of the recipes you choose.
Just like any Indian family, we love paneer and I make it very frequently. When you make it for almost 2-3 times per week you try to make a variety of recipes. Other than popular paneer recipes like paneer butter masala or kadai paneer, I try to experiment with some new recipes too.
Paneer is lacto-vegetarian and is widely used in Indian cuisine, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cuisine. Not only in savoury recipes, chhena (a variant of paneer) is used to make sweet delicacies such as rasgulla or sandesh. Paneer ki kheer is absolute delight too.
From hearty kathi roll to spicy butter Masala, these are our top Paneer Recipes that will make you fall in love with it.
Paneer Bhurji Recipe
This bhurji is quick, healthy and super easy to make. The recipe is the vegetarian version of egg bhurji so instead of scrambled eggs, use paneer. The dish is ideal for breakfast and is easy to make. We have two varieties of the recipe for you. Regular Paneer Bhurji which is dry paneer bhurji, Amritsari paneer bhurji recipe with semi-dry gravy.
Matar Paneer Recipe
Who isn't a fan of Matar paneer? This is our most loved Indian dinner recipe. I usually make it in when we want to eat something special. Back in time, this used to be must have on wedding menus. One can always serve the mouth-watering Matar Paneer with butter naan or jeera rice.
Shahi Paneer Recipe
If you are in the mood of some restaurant style paneer recipe, try this Recipe at home. This dish has won many hearts with its perfect creamy smooth gravy filled with a sweet undertone. This is a mouth-watering yet super easy recipe for Indian dinner. Get the recipe here Shahi Paneer recipe.
Palak Paneer Recipe
My palak paneer recipe is a tad bit different from the regular restaurant style dish. Slight sourness from curd and mild nutty-creamy flavour. You don’t even need to blanch the spinach and it comes together in 25-30 minutes. This tastes perfect with some crispy layered parathas and jeera rice.
Paneer Biryani Recipe
This veg biryani recipe is an ultimate guide to a hearty and great weekend. The mere thought of Biryani makes me want to make it and gobble them down quickly. Add paneer to the mix, it is heaven on Earth! You can read the delicious paneer Biryani Recipe here.
Paneer Kathi Roll Recipe
A veg Kathi Roll is a lip-smacking roll with a filling of chunks of fresh cottage cheese with tangy, spicy onions and tomatoes. It is quick, easy to make and fulfilling. You can use any leftover dish for making this. Get the recipe here
Amritsari Paneer Bhurji
Made with scrambled paneer and goodness of spices, Amritsari Paneer Bhurji is one such dish all of us swear by. The easy-to-make dish is different because it is semi-dry as compared to regular dry paneer bhurji.
Paneer Balti Masala
Made with freshly toasted and ground whole spices, this paneer dish is a semi-rich curry. One can make this spicy dish with homemade bhuna masala for extra texture and spice. Paneer Balti Masala is one such dish everyone needs to try!
Paneer Do Pyaza
Each one of us has had this dish in the restaurants once in a while but avoid making it at home, due to its technique. It is really important to make the tomato and onion curry paste nicely and add paneer later. You can read the recipe here
Tamatar Wala Paneer
This dish is so easy and quick, one can actually make it in less than 20 minutes. It tastes so good and spicy. This is one such recipe I usually make whenever I feel like having a good meal. I mostly serve this with freshly made paratha or as a sandwich filling. Get the delicious recipe here.
Methi Malai Paneer Curry
This delicious recipe of Methi malai paneer curry is gluten-free and low in Glycemic Index. It is usually made in winters with the rich flavor of Methi.
Dhaba Style Paneer Curry
If you have been craving some paneer without wanting to go to the gym the next day, make this Dhaba Style Paneer Curry. This curry is actually made using less oil and spices. It is a very simple recipe that you can learn here.
Paneer Ghee Roast Masala
This dish is actually been inspired by the Mangalore Style Chicken Ghee Roast. It is indeed a very flavorful masaledar dish. Since it is a semi-dry dish one can have it either as an appetizer or a main course. Paneer Ghee Roast Masala has been on my favourite paneer recipes since I have had the chance to eat it. It will quickly become your favourite too, read its recipe here and make one for yourself today!
Makhmali Paneer Curry
As the name suggests, this curry is full of flavours and spice. The secret behind making this dish is I first marinate the paneer and do the cooking step later. This way the gravy stays fresh and paneer soft. You can read the recipe here.
Paneer Kofta Recipe
Paneer Koftas are absolutely delicious and fulfilling. Stuffed Paneer balls are deep fried and then dipped in a rich tomato and cashew curry.
Tawa Paneer Recipe
As the name suggests, this paneer dish is made on tawa. It is one such dish you can either have as starters or a semi-dry full course dish.
Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe
Quite similar to the famous British Curry Chicken Tikka Masala, this recipe is mouth-watering delicious. It uses very mild spices and is rich in aroma, that is the best part of the Paneer Tikka Masala.
Cholia Paneer Curry
Cholia Paneer Curry is also popularly known as Hara Chana Paneer Curry. It is a Punjabi style paneer curry made with Hara chana. It is mostly preferred during winters and is best served with Naan or Jeera Rice.
Achari Paneer Recipe
Achari Paneer Recipe is popular in this holy month of Saavan. Made with no onion or garlic in them, it is not only mouth-watering but easy to make too.
Paneer Butter Masala
Paneer Butter Masala is one such dish every vegetarian swears by. It is one of the most popular dishes among us all. I love the taste of butter and paneer in the recipe. Read my version of Paneer Butter Masala is here.
Aloo Matar Paneer Curry
This dish is loved by kids because it has potatoes in them! One can always make it semi-dry and pack it in their lunch boxes to gobble down. I have incorporated it with delicious Dal Ka Paratha, read the recipe here.
We know that Paneer recipes are the recipes one can never have too much. The more, the merrier. Try these luscious paneer recipes at home and share it with your family and friends. Like I say, eat healthy and good vibes only.
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