Mouth-watering paneer recipes to treat your taste buds this weekend

In a mood to dig into a sumptuous meal this weekend, but too tired to put all the ingredients together? Just get a pack or two of fresh paneer from the market and let the spices do all the magic. The luscious white paneer with its milky and mild flavor and crumbly texture could be a perfect ingredient for rustling up a variety of spicy Indian curries and crunchy snacks to enjoy with tea. The high protein content of this ubiquitous Indian favorite is an added advantage.

Not only does paneer help you lose weight (use less oil and butter in your preparations) by keeping you full for longer, it is also wonderful for your bone health. It is also an ideal food for diabetes keeping your blood sugar levels perfectly in control. (Also read: As Paneer Butter Masala trends on Twitter, Shashi Tharoor digs in)

Here are three paneer recipes to satisfy your weekend cravings.

Zafrani Paneer Tikka

Zafrani Paneer Tikka
Zafrani Paneer Tikka

(Recipe by Executive Chef Amit Kocharekar, The Resort Mumbai)

Ingredients

200 gm paneer (cottage cheese) cubes

1 cup hung curd (chakka dahi)

1 tbsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste

1 tsp green chili paste

Few stands of saffron (zafran)

1 tbsp besan (Bengal gram flour)

1/4 tsp chaat masala

1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)

1 1/2 tbsp butter (optional)

Salt to taste

Method

– Toast the saffron threads in a dry pan to bring out the volatile flavors.

– Heat 1/2 tbsp of butter in a pan, add 1 tbsp of besan and saute for 1/2 minute. Keep aside.

– Combine the curds and dried saffron.

– Add all other ingredients, except paneer and mix well.

– Coat the paneer cubes with the prepared saffron curd paste and keep them refrigerated for 30 minutes.

– Put the coated paneer pieces in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 4 minutes in an oven or clay tandoor.

– Add 1 tablespoon of melted butter on top.

– Serve hot.

Mahtania mirch ka paneer tikka

(Recipe by Executive Chef Amit Kocharekar, The Resort Mumbai)

Ingredients

1 ½ cups cottage cheese cubes

2 tbsp bell peppers

3 tsp red chili

3 tbsp hung curd

2 tsp cardamom powder

½ tsp salt

2 tablespoons melted butter.

1 nose onion

1 nose tomato

2 nos imported lemon wedges

1 no green chilly

1 no coriander sprig

For mint yogurt chutney

1 cup mint leaves

½ cup coriander leaves

2 tbsp yogurt

½ tsp salt

Method

1. Cut the Cottage Cheese into even size cubes.

2. Mix in the cottage cheese, bell peppers in the yogurt marinade.

3. Skewer the cottage cheese and capsicum and cook it in the tandoor. Add melted butter.

4. Serve it with salad of sliced ​​onion and tomato julienne with chaat masala and chili powder with coriander sprig. Garnish with chilly and imported lemon wedge.

Paneer Butter Masala Lababdar

(Recipe by Chef Kunal Kapur)

Paneer Butter Masala Lababdar
Paneer Butter Masala Lababdar

Ingredients

Oil – 1 tbsp

Butter – 3 tbsp

Bayleaf – 1 no

Onion chopped – 1 cup

Ginger chopped – 1 tbsp

Garlic chopped – 1 tbsp

Green chili – 1 no

Kashmiri chili powder – 3/4 tbsp

Salt – it tastes

Chopped tomatoes – 2 cups

Paneer diced – 1½ cup

Dash of water

Fenugreek (methi) leaves powder – ½ tsp

Coriander chopped – handful

Cream – ½ cup

Method

– In a deep vessel add oil and butter. Drop in bay leaf and then onions. Cook the onions until they brown. Now add ginger, garlic & green chilli. Saute for a minute and then add chili powder. You can dissolve the chili powder with ¼ cup water also so that the chili does not burn.

– Saute and then add tomatoes and salt. Cook until the tomatoes are mushy, you can add a dash of water if the masala dries up.

– Add methi leaves powder, paneer chopped coriander and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in cream and serve hot.

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