Dhaba Paneer

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

Preparation Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: 35 min. Serves 4


1 Kg Paneer (Cottage cheese)

1¼ cup Fresh Tomato Puree

2 Onions Very Finely Chopped (preferably Indian Onions)

2 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste

2 tbsp Finely Chopped Coriander

Three slit Green Chilli

2 tbsp Oil

3 tbsp Butter

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

¼ tsp Asafoetida (Hing)

1 Dry Red Chilli

3 Bay Leaf

3 Green Cardamom

2 Black Cardamom

¾ tsp Turmeric Powder (Haldi)

1 tsp Red Chilli Powder

2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder

1½ tbsp Kasoori Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)

1 tsp Garam Masala

¾ tsp Raw Honey

Salt to Taste


  1. Cut paneer into bite-size cubes, heat oil in a shallow frying pan over medium heat, add the paneer cubes, sprinkle some garam masala and salt and fry to get an even colour and go a very light brown, drain over kitchen paper and keep aside.

  2. In a wok add the oil, butter, dry red chilli, bay leaf, green and black cardamoms, before you add the cardamoms open them, once hot add the cumin seeds, asafoetida and the onions, sauté the onions till light brown.

  3. Now add in the ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, garam masala and kasoori methi, mix well and sauté for a minute. Crush the kasoori methi in between your hands before adding.

  4. Add the tomato puree, raw honey and salt, cook for about 10-15 minutes or until it leaves the sides checking every 2-3 minutes to prevent burning.

  5. Add about a ¼ cup of water and cook for 3-5 minutes, then add the paneer cubes and chopped coriander. Mix well and cook for about 5 minutes.

  • Add the slit chillies and stir well and serve hot with Tandoori Naans or rice.

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