How to make Dal Paneer

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is contributed by Member TINA MAZUMDER DAS.

Main Ingredients : Split skinless bengal grams (chana dal), Cottage cheese (paneer) (पनीर)

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Lasagna Rolls Achari Parwar Paneer Tikka Masala Lasoon Batata

Dal Paneer

Dal Paneer Recipe Card


The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Dal Paneer Recipe

  • Split skinless bengal grams (chana dal) 250 grams

  • Cottage cheese (paneer) grated 250 grams

  • Tomato chopped 1 large

  • Onion chopped 1 large

  • Mustard oil 2 tablespoons

  • Bay leaves 4

  • Dry red chillies 4

  • Cumin seeds 2 tablespoons

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Sugar 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Pressure cook chana dal with tomato,onion and salt till done. Keep it aside.

Step 2

Heat oil in a non stick pan add bay leaves and dry red chillies and saute till fragrant.

Step 3

Add cumin seeds, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt and mix well.

Step 4

Add the boiled dal, paneer and sugar and let it simmer on medium flame for ten minutes.

Step 5

Serve hot with steamed rice.

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