Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tangy Butter Paneer - Cottage Cheese in Tomato sauce

Recipe for a Tangy Butter Paneer

 

This is a simple dish with a hint of spice, and a lot of tang! My 5 year old daughter is self-declared vegetarian (okay once every few months she will eat meat if friends are), so cheese is one food that she still loves.

What is paneer?


Paneer is a cheese that some consider to be like cottage cheese. The texture is different, espeically if you buy paneer from a store. It isn't usually liquidy (whey) and can be soft to firm, depending on where you purchase your paneer.

The recipe here is by no-means "authentic" Indian, but it is extremely tasty and easy.

Ingredients for Tangy butter paneer 

1-2 cups Paneer (cut into cubes)
1 cup tomato sauce (plain, or just blended blanched tomatoes, the riper the better)
4-6 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch chunk of fresh ginger
1 tsp vinegar
(or omit the above three and use a hearty spoon of ginger-garlic paste buy on Amazon )
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp red chili pepper (to taste)
1/2 c butter
1/4 c oil of your choice

Steps to make butter paneer





Prep: Blend your ginger and garlic with the vinegar.


  1. In a heavy bottom pan, melt butter and oil. When butter is melted, add in the ginger/garlic paste. You can see I don't make mine a full paste. 
  2. Once it begins to brown bring heat down to lowest setting and add in tomato sauce.
  3. Stir well and add in sugar and chili powder. 
  4. I added a bit more water to make it like a "soup" per my daughter's request.
  5. When it combines, add in paneer and simmer 5-8 minutes.



Serve with chapati or over rice.

Seen here on sauteed spinach and chicken.





The chicken and chapati were prepared by our cook... I cannot make a chapati for the life of me. :)

What's for dinner in your house?








20 comments:

  1. May I ask what Chapati is? I have not heard of that before. This recipe looks delicious!

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    1. Chapati is an Indian bread. It is flat and similar to a tortilla but made with whole wheat flour.

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  2. The finished recipe does look tasty. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. Butter paneer is one of my favourite dishes. Yummy. btw Mumbai is my hometown though I now live in New Zealand.

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  4. This looks like a yummie dish, I'll have to try it. Sounds easy and healthy enough.

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  5. I love cheese food anyway. I would like to put it on my list. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Ginger and I do not get along very well--otherwise this sounds absolutely and definitely looks delicious!

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  7. I have never heard of Paneer, but It sounds and the recipe looks like something I would really like. We eat a lot of ginger and garlic in our house... very healing.

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  8. I've never heard of anything like this, but is sounds absolutely delicious!

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  9. I've never heard of paneer but it sounds delicious! I love spicy food. Can't wait to try this with chicken. Thanks for the recipe.

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  10. This looks delicious and unlike anything that I have ever made. My husband and I love Indian inspired food. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I have never heard of paneer. Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  12. I have never heard of this! I love learning new things about cooking! And dinner tonight? HA! My hubby is in charge, which means we're having Chick Fil A :) But we had homemade cheeseburger soup and Cuban sandwiches last night!

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  13. this looks delicious i've not heard of it before but may try

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  14. I've never heard of this but it sure looks good!

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  15. looks very interesting and maybe a have to try it..
    Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I like paneer and I like chapati! This recipe looks awesome! Thanks for sharing :)- Vinma

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  17. I have never had paneer and chapati. It looks delicious though!

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  18. I have never heard of this before but it looks delicious. I too have a somewhat vegetarian in my house he is a picky 4 year old that loves his cheese!

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  19. I'm dairy free right now, but this looks good! I love Indian food!

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