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?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

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

  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.

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

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

  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!

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

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

  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

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

  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!

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


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