December 25, 2015

Paneer Lababdar

A popular gravy made of cottage cheese with a lip smacking taste. A rich, spicy, creamy and perfect side dish to Indian bread varieties and Fried rice. The soft cottage cheese cubes cooked in tomato pulp with sautéed onions and spices in butter make you to fall in love with this side dish...


Pre time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 people

Ingredients needed for making Paneer Lababdar:

Paneer cubes from 200 gms Paneer
Cashews soaked in warm water 10
Finely chopped onions from 2 onions
Finely chopped Tomatoes from 3 ripened tomatoes
Finely chopped green chilli 1
Finely chopped garlic 3 tea spoons and ginger 2 tea spoons
Butter 3 tb spoons
Oil 3 tb spoons
Cumin seeds 1 tea spoon
Cloves and cinnamon sticks roughly crushed 1/2 tea spoon
Green cardamom 1
Bay leaves 2
Kashmiri chilli powder 1 1/2 tea spoons
Cumin seed powder and Turmeric powder1/4 tea spoon
Coriander seed powder 2 tea spoons
Salte to taste
Kasuri methi leaves 2 tea spoons

How to make Paneer Lababdar?

Heat a pan with 2 tb spoon butter and 1 tb spoon oil.
Fry the bay leaves.
Add finely chopped garlic ginger and green chillies.
Once they turn golden fry the onions well with some salt.
The add the tomatoes. Let them get cooked and fried till becoming pulpy.

Allow them to cool well. Take out the bay leaves.
Add the rest of the stuff with soaked cashews into the blender.
Grind them to smooth paste and keep aside.
Now heat the pan with the rest of the oil and butter.
Sauté it with cumin seeds and add the spices. (Clove, cinnamon and cardamom)
Then add all the powders in to it and fry well. Transfer the ground paste to it and keep stirring.
Add required salt and keep stirring till the oil separates.
Add the paneer cubes and mix well.

Pour half cup of water and stir. Once the gravy coats on the paneer well add kasuri methi leaves and coriander leaves.
If you wish can add half cup of fresh cream.