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Paneer pasanda ( stuffed cottage cheese in creamy buttery gravy )

Paneer pasanda !! Another cottage cheese recipe in the series cottage cheese or paneer are all time favorites for all the veggie lovers and for all important meals wether it is a party or an important occasion, this creamy dish is epic.
This time I made it for a very special occasion ; my husband's birthday party although I made many other dishes also like malai kofta, achari mix veg, chole and dahi vadas with missi roti and naan along with special paneer jalebi with rabri , you will find most of them in my posts and I will post the rest of them soon as I have already clicked pictures of them. 

The Main attraction was the cake, I will start posting my special cake pics and main recipes also for you all you know baking is my passion and my business too. Coming back to the recipe, credits to Sanjeev kapoor's book as I tried it a long time back when I started my cooking lessons and that time I usually follow his books as his recipes never fails. Since then I am following this recipe and it never fails although with time I change a few ingredients according to my taste and my families preferences but the basic recipe is the same. 
Paneer slices stuffed with green chutney, mashed paneer and nuts mixture make this recipe special and flavorful onion-tomato creamy gravy enhance the taste and texture of this muglai dish. 

Paneer Pasanda(Stuffed Cottage Cheese In Creamy Gravy)


For Paneer Sandwich 

250 gms.......Paneer (cottage cheese)+ for garnishing 
1 tbsp...........Cashew nuts
1/2 tbsp...........Raisins
1 tbsp ..........almonds
2 tbsp............Green chutney
Salt to taste
4-5 tbsp.........Cornflour/ corn starch
Oil for frying

For gravy
2-3 tbsp..........Butter / oil
1.......      Bay leaves
1 inch stick....Cinnamon
3..........Green cardamoms
2-3 medium .....Onions,boiled and ground
2 tsp...............Ginger-garlic paste
1/2 cup...........Tomato puree
1 tsp................Red chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp..........Coriander powder
1/2 tsp.............Turmeric powder
1 tsp................Green chillies,finely chopped
Salt to taste
1/2 cup ...........Cream
A pinch nutmeg powder


For stuffing :
Cut the paneer into 6 thin triangular slices and mash the remaining. Finely chop cashewnuts and add to mashed paneer along with raisins and chopped almonds . Add green chutney and salt and mix well.
Spread this mixture on 3 paneer slices and cover them with remaining two slices.
Heat sufficient oil in a pan for deep frying.
Mix cornflour in ½ cup water to make a thick batter. Dip the paneer triangles in the batter and deep fry till lightly golden. Drain on absorbent paper. Keep aside.

For gravy:

To make the gravy, heat oil in a nonstick skillet. Add bay leaves, cinnamon, green cardamoms and sauté. Add the onion paste and sauté. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Add tomato purée and mix well. Sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, green chillies , 1/2 tsp sugar and Salt and mix well. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. 
For garnishing :
Crumbled cottage cheese and chopped coriander and sprinkle on pasanda . Serve hot with any Indian bread.


geeta said…
lovely recipe! :)

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