Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kaaju Paneer Pasanda

A belated but a very happy independence day to all of you. Hope you all had a great weekend watching the flag being hoisted, singing the national anthem, and the works. For me, Independence day holds a different meaning all together. It was actually on the 15th of Aug that I and S met and we decided to lose our freedom to each other. Don't you think it is kind of weird to lose your freedom on Independence day ?? :)

Even today after 5years, I still remember how I had waded through the Independence day Parade to meet him. And how I was floored by this guy in white T-shirt and blue Jeans. So you can understand why this day holds a very special place in my heart. I always make something special on the Independence day. So this time, I decided to try out this amazing Paneer curry. 
In this curry, home made cottage cheese and toasted cashew nuts are simmered lightly in a rich and buttery onion tomato sauce and spices and further enriched by coconut and poppy seed paste. This delicious curry is sure to please any crowd.

Kaaju Paneer Pasanda recipe:
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time: 15min
Serves- 4

Paneer- 200gm, cubed
Whole Cashews- 25-30
Onion- 1large, Peeled and blanched
Tomatoes- 2, blanched and pureed
Ginger-garlic paste- 1tsp
Fresh grated coconut- 2tbsp
Poppy seeds- 1tbsp, lightly roasted
Cumin seeds or Jeera- 1/2tsp
Coriander seed powder- 1/2tsp
Turmeric- 1/4tsp
Red chilli powder- 1/2tsp
Green chilli- 1, slit
Garam masala powder- A pinch
Kasuri methi-1/4tsp
Salt- to taste
Sugar- 1/2tsp
Ghee- 1tbsp
Milk- 1/2cup
Cream- 3tbsp or
Skimmed milk powder- 3tbsp
For the seasoning
Ghee- 2tsp
Cloves- 3, powdered
Cinnamon- 1" piece, powdered
Coriander leaves to garnish

  • Shallow fry the paneer cubes in 2tsp of ghee. Drain and keep aside
  • Heat another tspn of ghee and shallow fry the cashews and keep aside.
  • Grind the blanched onion, coconut and the poppy seeds along with a little water to a fine paste and set aside
  • Heat oil in a wok and add the cumin seeds.
  • Once it pops, add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the the smell goes
  • Add the ground coconut paste and fry for 2 min
  • Add the slit green chilli and the pureed tomato and fry for 3-4min
  • Add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, sugar, Kasuri methi,coriander seed powder and fry for another 2min
  • Add the paneer cubes and cashews and mix gently.
  • Add the garam masala and milk and allow the mixture to simmer for 2min.
  • Turn off the heat and add the cream or skimmed milk powder and mix well.
  • Heat ghee in a separate pan and add the cinnamon and clove powder.
  • Fry for a few secs. Take off the heat and add the seasoning to the prepared curry.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with Rotis or naan


  1. I am always in for Paneer and roti. <3 it.

  2. Rich & creamy but entirely yummy - I have yet to use poppy seeds in my cooking - exactly how does it enhance the flavor? is it very distinctive?

  3. Thanks for the comment Priya!! The poppy seeds gives a mildly sweet flavour to the curry. It also gives an emulsion to the gravy. Do try using this seed. You fall in love with it :)

  4. ur yummy recipes dear...this is excellent..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  5. Paneer pasanda looks amazingly delicious and inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Wowie! This looks like a delicious accompaniment for roti/naan ~ exotic n full of flavors.Bookmarking your recipe, thanks for sharing !

  7. wow loved this recipe,luks delicious...btn the serving dish luks very cute.

  8. such an rich creamy yummy dish..perfect for indian breads..

  9. Wow such a rich and yummy gravy

  10. such a rich n yummy curry..looks delicious

  11. Delicious, creamy & finger licking good!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. Lovely looking black and white photos.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  13. Yum, yum, yum !!! Kaju and paneer go very well together and this seems an example of that duo :)

  14. Happy Anniversary, dear!
    This paneer with cashew surely looks amazingly delicious and is a great way to celebrate!

  15. Wow..what a wonderful exotic curry!

  16. First time to your space and I must say you have a lovely space. Kaaju Paneer looks so delicious!
    Loved all your clicks. B/W ones are superb!
    Happy to follow u..

  17. i love paneer...can never say no to it ! this dish looks yummyy :D

  18. Hi..First time on your blog...Paneer looks so tempting...Happy to follow you dear...Do visit me at

  19. Paneer Pasanda lookd delicious and nice clicks..


  20. This looks so delicious!I would love to take a bite out of it right now!


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