Paneer is the most loved and preffered source of protien for vegetarians. It has a nuetral flavour that can be paired with any gravy. Usually gravy options served with paneer is more or less the same in all Indian restaurants around the world. I had gotten bored with the same gravy therefore I thought of trying something different, with mildly spiced diced paneer cubes in thick sour yet creamy gravy.
|Cooking Time||Prepration Time||Total Time|
|20 minutes||10 minutes||30 minutes|
- Paneer – 200 gms (diced)
- Plain Yogurt/Curd – 200 grams (room temperature)
- Cashew Paste – 3 tbsp
- Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
- Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
- Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)
- Roasted Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Rock salt/Sendha namak – as per your taste
- Ghee – 1 tbsp
- Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
- Curry Leaves – 3 nos
- Ginger & Green Chilli Paste – 2 tbsp
- Corriander – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
- Green Chilli – 1 (slit)
- Mint leaves – 5-6 (garnishing)
- In a mixing bowl add plain yogurt along with chilli powder, pepper powder, roasted cumin powder and give it a good mix, and Keep it aside
- In another mixing bowl, add some ghee, rock salt, ginger & green chilli paste and microwave it for 20 seconds. Then add freshly chopped corriander and cubed panner and gently mix everything and keep aside.
- Place a cooking pot on medium heat, once hot add cooking oil, cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds sputter, add curry leaves and slit green chilli.
- Add the prepared curd mixture and give it a stir. Now add the cashew paste and cardamom powder and continue stirring until the gravy comes to a boil. You can stop stirring, but continue cooking the gravy until you observe the gravy has separated from the oil.
- Meanwhile place a frying pan on medium heat and once hot add marinated cubes of panner and toss it gently until they have a golden coloured layer on it.
- Pour the gravy in a serving bowl or dish, gently place the panner cubes and garnish it with mint leaves or corriander leaves.
I know Dahi Panner is an unusual combination, but trust me it is worth trying. I also had second thoughts while preparing it but I personally enjoyed the combination. Try and share your feedback in the comment section below.