Say Paneeeeeeeer !!!!……..oops, i mean Cheeeeeeeese πŸ˜‰

Very few Indians one may find who does not say ‘yes’ to paneer or cottage cheese. It is a must in a vegetarian house- hold. But can’t get judgemental about vegetarians, it is very much loved by the non- vegetarians too. And ofcourse, there’s a Chinese variety of it too…Tofu πŸ™‚

This is my second post to The Novice Gardener Fiesta Friday and i am very excited to meet so many people here.

My thank you to the hosts Elaine@ and Juliana@ Selma@, Hilda@ and Indu@

Since this is a vegetarian preparation, two people came to my mind, Elaine and Sonal@ of them create awesomely vegetarian food. πŸ™‚

I have never seen a humble root, yam, look exotic !!! Juliana you are a genius πŸ™‚

Dimple@ is not a cook, but a awesome creator of lip -smacking delights πŸ™‚

Shailja@ her blog named Sweet & Savoury, totally describes the person πŸ™‚

So, i am motivated and inspired by these lovely people and made this cheesy, creamy tomatoi delight πŸ˜€

paneer lababdaar

Here’s how i went about it…..


250 grams – cottage cheese

1/4 tsp – cumin seeds

1/4 tsp – carom seeds

1 tsp – dried fenugreek leaves/ kasuri methi

1 1/2 tsp – kashmiri red chili powder

1 tsp – coriander powder

1/2 tsp – cumin powder

1/2 tsp – tumeric powder

1 tsp – finely chopped green chili

1/2 tsp – white sesame seeds

1 cup – milk

1 1/2 cup- pureed tomato

1/2 tsp – garam masala

1 tbsp – cream

1/2 cup – onion paste

1 tsp – garlic paste

1 tsp – ginger paste

1 tsp – finely chopped fresh coriander/ cilantro (optional)

salt to taste

vegetable oil – as required


Cube the cottage cheese and stir fry in 1 tsp of oil. Keep aside.

Roast the sesame and keep aside to cool.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in pan and temper with cumin and carom seeds. Add the fenugreek, chopped chili, garlic and ginger paste. Now add the onion paste and fry to a golden color. Add the tomato puree Β and cook Β till oil released.

Cool this mix and then grind to a fine paste along with the roasted sesame.

Heat 1 tsp oil in the same pan and pour the ground paste. Add the cumin, coriander, tumeric and red chili powder. Pour in the milk and adjust the salt. Once the gravy comes to boil, add the cottage cheese cubes and cook for 4 -5 mins. Add more milk for more gravy, if needed.

Pour in the cream and check for salt. Take it off the flame and garnish with cilantro.

paneer lababdaar

Serve hot with naan, chapati or parantha πŸ™‚

Don’t go on the Cafe Coffee Day cup and saucer πŸ˜‰ It had been lying gift wrapped for the last few years πŸ˜€ It has now justified it’s presence in my house- hold πŸ˜›

paneer lababdaar

Happy cooking !!

Cheers !! πŸ˜€



About andy

hi there.....friends call me Andy :) I am a school teacher by profession. Passionate about reading, some random experimental cooking, some hit 'n' miss photography......and i am a dreamer ;) Thank you for popping by :)
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28 Responses to Paneer lababdaar/ Cottage cheese in tomato ‘n’ milk gravy

  1. thebrookcook says:

    Happy Fiesta Friday! Your dish looks comforting & creamy- yum πŸ™‚

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  3. Loved the presentation so unique…

  4. Paneer yum yum.. Like the idea of keeping them in a mug..

  5. Oh, you Indian ladies are killing me with your extremely delicious stews, vegetarian or not. Very paneeeeeeeer! πŸ™‚

  6. Aweosme dish Andy! Thanks for the mention :).

  7. Delicious dish Andy! Happy ff24. So happy that i found your blog from the party. πŸ™‚

  8. acbistro says:

    thank you chitra πŸ™‚

  9. acbistro says:

    Sona no thanks needed πŸ™‚

  10. acbistro says:

    Thank you Vidya πŸ™‚

  11. Hilda says:

    I have started making my own paneer again lately and am always happy to find new recipes for using it. I am very happy with my new version of it. I love the way you serve it in a cup – very practical and witty. I has been good to meet you and see your blog. I look forward to more of your recipes.

  12. Loretta says:

    Beautiful dish, I’m a relatively new blogger too Andy, and Fiesta Friday is a great way to meet folks and share the bounty. Welcome!

  13. Hi Andy just noticed that your post does not have a link to FF- you may want to rectify that since only posts with links will be considered for a feature. thanks !

  14. cafegarima says:

    Yum and slurrp! The Lababdar is loved by the elder. Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

  15. Hi Andy – this is a lovely, creamy and comforting dish to bring to the party – thank you for sharing and thank you for linking up too! I can see that you are making lots of new blogging buddies: the FF crew are a lovely supportive bunch which I am sure you have noticed! Anyway, welcome and enjoy the party! Happy Fiesta Friday!

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