How to make Dhaba Style Paneer Masala - SK Khazana -

This is perhaps one of the most selling dishes in the road side dhabas – very spicy and delicious

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Paneer (cottage cheese) (पनीर), Salt (नमक)

Cuisine : Punjabi, Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Dhaba Style Paneer Masala - SK Khazana

Dhaba Style Paneer Masala - SK Khazana Recipe Card


English: Cottage Cheese
A favourite with the vegetarians, paneer made from milk is quite common, especially paneer recipes are quite popular in the Indian subcontinent. You can make it fresh, chhena – an another version or just use the ones that are readily available in the market to prepare everything from simple snacks, curries, sabzis, mithais, desserts and the likes. An ingredient that can be relished in the raw form too – try serving it as a starter just sprinkled with a little chaat masala, black salt and chilli powder!

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Dhaba Style Paneer Masala - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) cut into 1 inch cubes 300 grams

  • Salt to taste

  • Kashmiri red chilli powder 2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon

  • Carom seeds (ajwain) a pinch

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cinnamon 1 inch

  • Bay leaf 1

  • Dried red chillies 1

  • Green cardamoms 2

  • Onion grated 1 cup

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Green chillies slit 2-3

  • Fresh tomato puree 1 cup

  • Paneer masala 1/2 tablespoon

  • Gram flour (besan) roasted 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) 1/2 teaspoon + for garnish

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Light green chillies slit 3-4

  • Naan to serve


Step 1

Take cottage cheese cubes in a large bowl, add salt, 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, and a pinch of carom seeds and toss well. Add a few drops of water and toss lightly. Set aside to marinate for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Heat 2 tbsps oil, add cumin seeds, cinnamon, bay leaf, dried red chilli and green cardamoms, mix and sauté till fragrant.

Step 3

Add onions and a little salt, mix and sauté till light golden brown.

Step 4

Add ginger-garlic paste and green chillies, mix and sauté for 1-2 minutes or till the raw smells disappear.

Step 5

Adjust salt, remaining Kashmiri red chilli powder, remaining turmeric powder and 1 tbsp water, mix well and saute for 1 minute.

Step 6

Add fresh tomato puree and mix well. Add Paneer Masala and mix well. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or till oil separates.

Step 7

Add roasted gram flour, mix and saute for 1 minute. Add 1 cup water and mix well. Cover and cook, stirring a few times, for 8-10 minutes.

Step 8

Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a shallow non-stick pan, add the cottage cheese cubes and shallow-fry till lightly golden brown on all sides.

Step 9

Add the cottage cheese cubes into the gravy along with the oil in which they were fried. Sprinkle a little kasuri methi powder, coriander leaves and light green chillies and mix lightly. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Take it off the heat.

Step 10

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with kasuri methi powder, coriander leaves and a light green chilli and serve hot with naan.

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