Showing posts with label Paneer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paneer. Show all posts

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Channar payesh is very popular dessert of Bengali cuisine. Tomorrow is Bengali New Year – poila boisakh, so I decided to make an authentic Bengali dessert for my family. Channar payesh is not so well known outside Bengal like rosogolla or misti doi. Even, not always available in all the sweet shops in West Bengal. Yet popular enough so that once the pilot of the plane I was boarded, reminded the passengers to enjoy this dessert before leaving Kolkata. Bengali sweets means, channa is the hero. In EasySteps2Cook I have already given some Bengali sweets, where channa is the main ingredient, like sandesh, rosogolla/kamla bhog. Chennar payesh is not always available in sweet shops. This is mostly prepared at home. So now I decided to give channar payesh recipe on the eve of Poila Baisakh as my tribute to this delicious Bengali dessert.

The basic difference between chenna (ছানা) and paneer is that chenna is the first step of preparing paneer. This is the lumps created while breaking milk with lemon juice. When chenna is kept into pressure to and solid chunks are created, this is called paneer. Chenna is mostly used in ewdgastern part of India including West Bengali, Assam, Bihar, Orissa. Paneer is more popular in northern and western parts of India.

Ingredients for making channar payesh:                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Milk – 1 ltr
Lemon juice
Sugar– 1/3 cup
Chopped pista
Chopped almond
Soaked saffron ½ tsp in 1tbsp milk
Cardamom powder -1 pinch

bengali dessert channar payesh
Channar Payesh

Method of making channar payesh:
 In a vessel heat ½ ltr milk and then add a few drops of lemon juice. As a result the milk will break and turn into chenna (paneer) and will look like spongy lumps. Then strain water and keep chenna in a bowl.    
Now heat the rest of milk in low flame and stir continuously. After sometime you will notice the milk has become thick and add sugar. Now add a pinch of cardamom powder and continuously stir it. Add saffron and turn off the oven.

Keep it aside and allow cooling down to room temperature.

After that, add the channa which you have already made …and mix gently. It is better to add chenna in the milk when it cools down to room temperature otherwise there will be risk of breaking down the milk due to its acidic property.

Garnish with some chopped dry fruits like almonds, pistachio.

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Monday, 30 December 2013

Matar Paneer (mutter paneer) is a very popular vegetarian side dish in India. This simple matar paneer recipe is prepared on tomato based gravy and mostly served with roti or paratha. Learn how to cook this North Indian recipe at home with the following easy matar paneer recipe.

You can also try makai matar paneer, another paneer recipe with green peas and sweet corn.

Matar paneer is an easy vegetarian dish with matar (green peas) and paneer with a tomato based gravy
Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer - Ingredients:

Green peas (matar)– 100 gms
Paneer cubes (cottage cheese) – 100gms
Tomato puree – 3 tbsp
Curd – 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder
Red chilli powder
Ginger paste – 1 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Cumin powder – ½ tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder –  ¼  tsp
White oil – 2 tbsp

Matar Paneer - Preparation:

Heat oil in a pan and put the paneer. When the colour is changed,  remove from heat.
Now add cumin seeds in same oil and wait for its nice aroma. Then add ginger paste and fry it for 1 minute. Then add all spices and sugar and stir well. Now add tomato puree, curd and stir it. When oil is separated from the spice, add green peas and salt. When the peas are tender add paneer.

Serve this homemade matar paneer hot with roti or paratha.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

easy recipe to cook kadai paneer at home
Kadai Paneer
Kadai paneer is a very popular veg dish in India. Learn how to cook this yummy Punjabi cousin at home…
Served for: 2-3 persons
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Paneer cubes -200 gms
Tomato chopped -1 large
Capsicum -Julian cut 1 hand full
Red chilli powder -1tsp
Ginger paste -1tsp
Coriander powder -1tsp
Kasuri methi -1 tbsp
Chopped coriander leaves -1 hand full
Heat oil in a pan and lightly fry paneer. After 2 minutes remove it from heat and keep aside. Now add cumin seeds and when you start getting a nice aroma add ginger paste. Fry it for 2 minutes and add chopped tomato. After 2-3 minutes or when the tomatoes are tender add red chilli powder, coriander powder, sugar and salt. Stir it well till the oil comes out from spices. Now add capsicum and a little bit of water. When the capsicum becomes soft add fried paneer, kasuri methi and chopped coriander leaves. Wait for 1-2 minutes and pour into a bowl.
Serve with naan, paratha.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Easy to cook malai paneer (cottage cheese)
Malai Paneer

Grated paneer (cottage cheese) – 300 gms
Curd – 100gms
Tomato puree
Kashmiri red chilli powder
Ginger paste
Cumin powder
Fenugreek leaves (kasuri leaves)
Green peas
Green chilli
White oil
Heat oil in a pan and add tomato puree, ginger paste, cumin powder, chilli powder and kasuri leaves. Mix it well and add salt and sugar. Now add grated paneer, green peas and curd and wait for 2 minutes. Pour into a plate and garnish with green chilli. Serve with naan or paratha.
That's it. Isn't it easy? If you like the recipe please let others know by sharing it. Thanks for visiting the blog.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Paneer Sashlik

Paneer Sashlik is an easy to cook veg starter made of cottage cheese (paneer) and vegetables.

easy recipe to cook paneer sashlik a delicious veg starter at home
Paneer Sashlik
Paneer cubes
Lemon juice
Ginger paste
Garlic paste
Green chilli paste
Hang curd
Red chilli powder
White oil
Kabab stick (skewer)


Cut all vegetables in square pieces. In a bowl marinate paneer with all ingredients except vegetables and oil for 1-2 hours in freeze. Now string the paneer and vegetables in the order of onion-paneer-tomato-paneer-capsicum-paneer-onion in a skewer. Grease a fry pan and put the paneer skewer. Now shallow fry it.
In the skewer, keep onion slices at the beginning and at the end because it is stronger than other vegetables and will not brake easily.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Makai Matar Paneer

Makai matar paneeer is an Indian medium spicy side dish made of sweet corn, green peas and paneer.

corn peas paneer, Makai Matar Paneer, vez,
Makai Matar Paneer

Makai Matar Paneer - Ingredients:

Crushed green peas (matar)
Grated paneer (cottage cheese)
Crushed sweet corn (makai)
Coriander powder
Dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
Cumin seeds
Red chilli powder
White oil

Makai Matar Paneer - Preparation:

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. When you start getting nice aroma, add crushed peas and stir it. In a bowl take crushed corn and curd and mix very well. Then add this mix in the pan and mix it. Now add all spices, salt and sugar. Stir it very well and add grated paneer. Mix it well and add little water and cover it. After 2 minutes, when it becomes dry take off the heat and serve hot in a plate with chapatti or parantha. 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Palak Paneer
Paneer, punjabi paneer
Palak Paneer

Palak (spinach) – 7bunch
Paneer small cubes – 150gms
Chopped garlic – 8-10 cloves
Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1tsp
Sugar – 1pinch
White oil or ghee


At first wash palak well. Now boil palak and put in a grinder to make a smooth paste. Heat oil in a pan and add chopped garlic and sauté it for ½ minutes. Add a pinch of sugar and red chilli powder. Stir constantly. Now add palak paste and salt. Stir it and when oil comes on the surface add paneer cubes. Now mix it lightly and serve hot with roti or naan.