12 May 2023

Cook Like a Pro: 3 Mouth-Watering Paneer Recipes to Try at Home

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Paneer is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many ways. It is a healthy, nutritious, and wholesome food that is enjoyed in many households. It is a staple food in many parts of North India and one can cook a variety of dishes using this. 

Paneer is a great source of protein, calcium, and many other essential nutrients required by the body. It can also be used in making many savory curries and desserts. Among the many, popular paneer dishes made in Indian households include paneer butter masala, palak paneer, paneer tikka, paneer bhurji, and paneer paratha. Paneer is also commonly used as a filling in sandwiches, wraps, and rolls. You can also check out this blog entitled Elevate Your Palate With This Palak Paneer Recipe.

We hope these recipes would help you cook new delicacies for friends and family. All the ingredients used in making these recipes are available in Milkbasket App. All you need is to download the App and get all these delivered to your doorstep.

Benefits Of Including Paneer In Your Diet:

  1. Good source of Protein: Paneer is a rich source of protein, especially for vegetarians. It is essential for building and repairings tissues. It is interesting to know that 100 grams of paneer provide around 18 grams of protein. 
  2. Rich in Calcium: Paneer is also a great source of calcium which is essential for building healthy bones and teeth. 
  3. Low in Carbs: Panner is healthy food and is low in carbohydrates. People who want to control their carbs intake can include paneer in their diet. 
  4. Helps with Weight Loss: Paneer is a superfood, it is a low-fat and low-calorie food that can help with weight loss. It keeps you full for a longer time which can reduce your appetite and consume fewer calories throughout the day 
  5. Good for Digestion: Paneer is good for digestion. It is a rich source of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria for your digestive system. It keeps your digestive system healthy and can also boost immunity. 
  6. Helps Control Blood Sugar: Paneer is a low-carb food and also and high-protein food that helps keep your blood sugar levels in control.  

Below mentioned are 3 Must-Try Recipes for Cheese Lovers: 

  1. Palak Paneer: A classic Indian dish made with spinach and soft paneer cheese in a creamy tomato-based sauce.

Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for Palak Paneer:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh spinach, washed and chopped
  • 250 grams paneer, cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch ginger, grated
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Take a pan and heat the oil in it. And add cumin seeds to it
  2. When they start to crackle, add chopped onions. Saute until they turn translucent.
  3. Add garlic, ginger, tomato, green chilli and cook for a minute. 
  4. Add all spices – coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, and red chili powder. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  5. Next, add chopped spinach and mix well. 
  6. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Let the mixture cool down. Then blend it into a smooth puree.
  8. Pour the puree back into the pan and add the paneer cubes. 
  9. Add salt and cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
  10. Add cream and mix well. Cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  11. Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with naan, roti or rice.

Enjoy this delicious and healthy Palak Paneer dish with your loved ones!

2: Paneer Tikka Masala: A popular Paneer dish commonly eaten in North India made with tender paneer cubes, onions, capsicum and spices. An easy-to-make snack, perfect for parties and gatherings. 

Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for Paneer Tikka Masala:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of paneer, cut into cubes
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into cubes
  • 1 red onion, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 1 tsp of ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tsp of cumin powder
  • 1 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1 tsp of garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp of red chili powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • Skewers

Instructions:

  • Soak skewers in water for at least 30-35 minutes.
  • Combine yogurt, ginger paste, garlic paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Add paneer, bell pepper, and onion to the mixture. 
  • Mix well, making sure each piece is coated with the marinade.
  • Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 – 40 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 200°C and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Thread the marinated paneer, bell pepper, and onion onto skewers.
  • Brush the skewers with oil.
  • Place the skewers on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the paneer is golden brown.
  • Serve tempting hot with green chutney and naan.

3: Paneer Kofta: A versatile dish made with tender pieces of Paneer that is soft and melt-in-your-mouth. It is generally stuffed with nuts and spices and served in a rich and creamy gravy.

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams paneer, crumbled
  • 2-3 potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp green chili paste
  • 1 tsp cumin powderjju
  • Salt to taste
  • 6-8 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-inch ginger, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine crumbled paneer, mashed potatoes, corn flour, ginger paste, green chili paste, cumin powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Gently mix well and form small round balls (koftas).
  3. Take a pan and heat the oil for deep-frying. 
  4. Once the oil is hot, add the paneer koftas and fry them until they turn golden brown.
  5. Drain the fried koftas on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  6. Heat 2 tbsp of oil and add cumin seeds. 
  7. When they start to crackle, add chopped onions. Saute well!
  8. Add garlic and ginger and cook for a minute. 
  9. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until they are soft and mushy.
  10. Add all the spices – coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for a few more minutes.
  11. Once cooled, blend it into a smooth puree.
  12. Pour the puree back into the pan and add cream. 
  13. Mix well and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  14. Add the fried paneer koftas to the sauce and cook on low heat.
  15. Garnish with some freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with naan, roti or rice.

Enjoy this delicious Paneer Kofta dish with your family and friends!

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