Paneer Pasanda

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Paneer Pasanda is a rich creamy gravy of onions, tomatoes and cashews with Fried Paneer cubes stuffed with a delicious paneer or khoya filling mixed with nuts and mild spices.

Do Check out my other Paneer recipes Shahi Paneer, Matar Paneer and Paneer Tikka Recipe.

Paneer Pasanda

Ingredients

FOR THE STUFFING

  • Paneer (Cottage Cheese) 350gms
  • 1/2 Tbsp chopped Cashews
  • 1/2 Tbsp chopped Almonds
  • 1/2 Tbsp chopped Pistas
  • 1 Tsp Minced Gingerย 
  • Chopped Coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Chopped Green chilli
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/4 Tspย Chat masalaย  ย 
  • 1 Tbsp Butter,1 Tbsp Sunflower Oil For Frying the stuffed Paneer Cubes

FOR GRAVY (Make a Puree)

  • 1 Tsp Oil, Butter
  • 1 Tsp Cumin seedsย 
  • 2 Cloves, 3 Cardamom, 1 Cinnamon, 1 Black cardamom, 1 Bay leafย 
  • 3 Dry Red Kashmiri chilis Or 2-3 Green Chillies
  • 1 Big Onion diced | 1 Cup
  • 1/2 inch Ginger, 6 small Garlic pods roughly choppedย 
  • 2 Big Tomatoes roughly choppedย 
  • 10 Cashews, soaked ahead in hot water
  • Salt to taste, Pinch of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Hot waterย 

FINAL TEMPERING

  • 1 Tbsp Butter, 1 Tsp Oil
  • The Prepared Tomato Onion Puree
  • 2 Tbsp Yogurtย 
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Kashmiri chili powder
  • Kasuri Methi leaves crushed
  • Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp Fresh Creamย 
  • 1/4 Tsp Garam masala

Instructions

  • Cut Paneer into 6 big cubes, keep aside some for filling. Make a slit in the cubes for the filling.ย 
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  • Crush the remaining in a bowl. Add chopped cashews, almonds, pistas, minced ginger, chopped green chili, coriander leaves, salt, sugar, cumin powder & chat masala. Mix well. Gently fill this inside the slits of the cubes.ย 
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  • Fry them till Golden brown on both sides in oil and butter on low heat.Drain them on a tissue.
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  • In the same pan, add some more oil. Saute whole spices, cumin seeds & dry Kashmiri chilis. Add Onions, fry till translucent. Add chopped ginger, garlic, tomatoes, salt & soaked cashews. Cover cook for 10-15mins on low heat. Discard the black cardamom & bay leaf. Make a fine paste once cooled.
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  • In the same pan, add butter & oil. Saute the prepared tomato onion puree. Mix yogurt with turmeric, cumin, coriander & kashmiri chili powder. Add this. Add some hot water, cover cook for 10mins on low heat.
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  • Add crushed Kasuri Methi, coriander leaves, fresh cream & Garam masala. Place the fried paneer cubes in the gravy.
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  • Serve Paneer Pasanda hot with Roti/Paratha/Naan/Plain Rice.
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Video

Notes

Whole block of Malai Paneer works best to make the cubes else it might break apart. I used Haldhirams Paneer.ย 
Soaking the cashews ahead in hot water makes it easier while making a fine paste later.
Instead of shallow frying you can also make sandwiches, dip them in a cornflour slurry by mixing equal amounts of cornflour with water and deep fry them in hot oil. However this method is not very easy as the fillings might come out while frying.ย 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: paneer, paneer curry, paneer masala, paneer pasanda, paneer recipes, stuffed paneer

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