Lazeez Paneer


Mughlai and Paneer dishes are always a hot favorite especially in North India as part of Punjabi cuisine. Paneer is also now well known as part of Indian cuisine worldwide.

Paneer or cottage cheese is a rich source of protein & is rich in calcium too. It is excellent for vegetarians to have it in their diet as they miss out on their intake of meat products. Here is a recipe which is made with fresh cottage cheese (paneer) cooked in tomato and cashewnuts gravy along with various spices.

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time                Total Time                    Yields

20 mins                    25 mins                     45 mins                     1-2 Servings


Paneer – 250 gms

Butter – 2 spoons

Olive oil – 4 spoons

Cumin seeds

Salt per taste

Chili powder – ½ tablespoon

Turmeric powder – ¼ tablespoon

Coriander powder – ½ tablespoon

Garam masala (mixed spices) – ½ tablespoon

Ground black pepper – ¼ tablespoon

Onion – 2 medium – chopped

Garlic cloves – 3-4 chopped

Ginger – 1 tablespoon chopped

Tomatoes – 250 gms

Green coriander – ½ cup

Green chilli – 1 chopped without seeds

Cashew nuts – 8-10

Almonds 8-10

Raisin – 8-10

Saffron – 8-10 strands

Dried whole red chili – 1

Fresh cream – ¼ cup

Milk – 3-4 spoons


  • Chop onions, garlic, ginger, tomato & green chili.
  • Cut cottage cheese (paneer) in bite size cubes.
  • Heat pan and put olive oil,
  • Add cumin seeds & whole dried red chili and when they start to crackle add onion, ginger and garlic & chopped green chili and fry.
  • Once it starts leaving oil on sides, switch off the burner and make a paste of it along with cashew nuts and blanched and peeled almonds.
  • Put butter and add this paste, fry for another 5-10 mins till it turns into thick gravy.
  • Add Cottage cheese (paneer) cubes and mix well, further heat for another 5 mins. Add saffron strands and raisins.
  • Serve with fresh chopped coriander and some toasted almond flakes.

Note : this dish can be served hot with roti, naan, Methi Aloo parantha and rice too. Enjoy!!! Bon Apatite!!

Happy Cooking!!

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