February 2, 2011

Paneer Pasanda

There are so many different versions of Paneer Pasanda by popular chefs.I don't even know which one of them is the authentic one. I mysellf make two versions one with red gravy and the other one in white gravy. Both of them are very easy to make and yet very delicious.Here follows the recipe with tomato gravy.Addition of cashew-nuts makes this gravy rich and thick.


For 2 people
150 grams paneer
1 small onion grated fine
1 medium tomato grated fine
7-8 cashewnuts
2 chopped green chilies [optional]
1 tbsp kashsmiri red chili powder [ This is not hot it only adds colour]
3/4 tsp cumin seeds [jeera]
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp kasoori methi
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 tsp.oil
Salt according to taste


  1. Grind cashew-nuts with 2-3 tsp water  to a fine paste.
  2. Cut the paneer into small cubes.
  3. Heat oil and add cumin seed.
  4. When the cumin seed browns add  grated onions. Fry till light brown.
  5. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for 1 minute.
  6. Add the cashew-nut paste and the green chilies and fry for little while.
  7. Add grated tomatoes,cumin powder and fry for 3-4 mins.
  8. Add kashmiri chili powder and stir for 1 minute
  9. Add milk and cook for few minutes.
  10. Add  water and bring it to a boil.
  11. Finally, when the gravy is thick ,add the paneer  and salt and cook for one boil.
  12. Add kasoori methi towards the end and Serve!.

Notes :
  1. You can omit water and just add extra milk instead. I prefer adding water as adding more milk takes away the vibrant colour.
  2. I didn't emphasize enough earlier on  grating the onions. You have to grate it fine and not grind it or cut it. This is a trick I have learned from my mom-in-law and always follow it whenever I have to make a thick gravy.


arti sanjeev singh said...

tasty di....

Richa Rai said...

finally something i can make...

SinFoodie said...

Hmm..I know..Got the feedback to include simpler recipes too. So here it is ..A very simple one.

Chhavi Sharma said...

i like the part about with" With Great Food Comes Great Calories !!" This is a quick and real good one...

sonali said...

hey looks like a grt n simle recipie...but i add cream instead of milk....makes it even more tasty :)

SinFoodie said...

Thanks Chhavi :)
Sonali - Thanks :) # Some recipes do mention adding cream but most use milk only. For this tomato gravy,I don't prefer cream as it affects the color and also because cashew nuts already make it quite rich.

Anonymous said...

yum!yum! Haven't made this but I think Kasoori Methi is the true hero in the recipe

Prachi said...

I think Kasoori Methi is the true hero here :)

Hungover on Fashion said...

good going! I was about to write the same, include some simpler ones!

Hungover on Fashion said...

Finally something that has less than 15 steps!

SinFoodie said...

Thanks Prachi [ I know 3 Prachi's and I am guessing you are Chitnis :D]

Debleena :) The tough ones are for me !!
Waise, I have given stepwise only for legibility. Many a times I miss the order if everything is in a paragraph :)

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