Paneer Peshawari Recipe - Cottage Cheese In Rich Gravy
Paneer Peshawari is a rich yet robust paneer/cottage cheese preparation that is yummilicious and simple to make. The paneer cubes are simmered in cashew onion gravy and finished off with kasuri methi which gives it a lovely aroma.
Paneer Peshawari is one of those recipes which we often see on restaurant menus. Paneer Peshawari is a delicious North Indian preparation of soft cubes of Cottage Cheese/Paneer cooked in a rich gravy of onion, tomatoes, cashew and cream, spiced with the spices available in our Indian masala dabba and finished with crushed Kasuri Methi. It is simple and quick to make, it makes for a perfect weeknight dinner.
Peshawari indicates the cultural influence of using spices and ingredients that are predominantly used in Peshawar in Pakistan. The influence of this cuisine in high in the Punjab region with the use of decadent gravies made with cream and cashew nuts and use of regional oils and spices.
You can cook this unique dish for dinner parties, kitty parties, potlucks or any other occasions.
If you like this recipe of Paneer Peshawari, here are a few more Paneer Recipes that you must try for your Indian Dinners.
- 1-1/2 cups Paneer (Homemade Cottage Cheese) , cut into big cubes
- 2 Onions , finely chopped
- 1 cup Homemade tomato puree
- 2 tablespoons Whole cashews , soaked in 1/4 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons Fresh cream
- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
- 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)
- 1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
- 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
- 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
- 2 teaspoons Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
- 2 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
- 1 tablespoon Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- Salt , to taste
How to make Paneer Peshawari Recipe - Cottage Cheese In Rich Gravy
To begin making Paneer Peshawari Recipe, soak the cashew nuts in hot water for 10 minutes.
Combine the soaked and drained cashews in a mixer jar and grind into a smooth paste using a mixer grinder. Transfer to a bowl and keep aside.
Heat butter in a wide pan on medium flame. Once the butter has melted, add the cumin seeds and bay leaf, let the cumin seeds sizzle.
To this, add ginger-garlic paste, chopped onions and saute for 2-3 minutes, until the onions turn translucent and soft.
Once the tomatoes have softened, add the cumin powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and mix well. This will help the raw smell go away from the onions, ginger and garlic.
Stir the spices for a few seconds and then add in the tomato puree and cashew paste.
Saute for the Peshawari masala for about 5 minutes on medium heat until the gravy thickens and the tomato and cashews combine well along with the spices to form a creamy gravy.
When you add cashew nuts the gravy tends to thicken and hence you can adjust the consistency by adding 1/4 cup of water. Stir in the paneer, kasuri methi,and the honey and simmer Paneer Peshawari Recipe for another 5 minutes.
Check the salt and spices in the Paneer Peshawari Recipe gravy and adjust to suit your taste.
Once done, stir in the cream into the Paneer Peshawari Recipe and serve hot.