Sunday, November 6, 2011

Paneer Laajawab for bloghop

The new edition of blog hop has set everyone across the globe busy in their kitchens! This is such an exciting event as we get to see so many new recipes and meet so many new bloggers! My blog hop for this week is with Vaishali of Ribbon's to Pasta's. Her blog had just the recipes I was looking for....authentic Punjabi delicacies:-) I bookmarked quite a few recipes and tried this one as it looked very new and interesting!

 I should say, I probably have changed the recipe a little bit as it does'nt quite match the colour on Vaishalis post:-) However, it tasted great all the same ....except that the tomatoes flavour was slightly strong. My advise would be to use just 2 tomatoes instead of the 3 I used:-)


- 200 gms cubbed paneer (cottage cheese)
- 1/2 cup Bottle gourd(calabash) puree
- 1/2 cup tomato puree
- 1/2 cup onion, chilly, ginger, garlic paste
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/4 tsp chilly powder
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- a pinch of turmeric
- salt to taste
- 1 tbsp oil


- Boil the tomatoes in water for 10 minutes and set aside for cooling. on cooling, peel the skin and grind in a blender to make puree
- Peel the skin of the bottle gourd, cube the veggie and boil for 10 mins and drain. On cooling, grind in a blender to make puree

- Chop one medium onion, add 2 green chillies, 1/2 inch of ginger and 5 cloves garlic. Grind all together into a paste and set aside.

- In a pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil and fry the cubed paneer. Remove them on to a bowl with warm water and a pinch of turmeric. Let it stay until it is needed.
- In the same pan, heat the remaining oil, add the onion paste and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Now, add the bottle gourd puree. Cover the pan and cook until the paste becomes almost dry.
- To this, add the tomato puree, salt, all other masala powders and cover and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the oil separates.
- Now, add the paneer cubes and let the whole mixture come to a boil for 5 minutes. If the gravy is too thick, you can add some milk to thin it.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and fresh cream if available!

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  1. Wow a yummy delicious panner laajawab which is a must try recipe.

  2. Yum ...nice recipe and looks delicious

  3. Delicious Paneer recipe.Colourful and welldone.Luv it

  4. Hyma thnx for trying this...its come pretty good regarding the color I think it's the milk..that changes the color..but it's the taste that matters:)