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Butter Paneer Masala, quick and easy Indian Restaurant Style #playfulcooking #foodphotography #paneer #buttermasala #indianfood #photography #weeknightmeal #vegetarianlink to Paneer Butter Masala RESTAURANT STYLE

Paneer Butter Masala RESTAURANT STYLE

Soft and spongy Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese), covered in aromatic tomato sauce and drizzled with heavy cream! Paneer Butter Masala is not for days when you want to diet. It’s for days when you want to indulge but at the same time, make it easy and quick. Pair it with rice or naan or roti, chances are very high that you’ll lick the plate clean.

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Safed Paneer | Paneer in White Gravy

Creamy nutty gravy with soft paneer, Safed Paneer is unlike any curries that you might have tasted. Its light and mildly spiced. perfum-y aromatic from fennel and green cardamom. Cooked with ghee, Safed Paneer is a rich curry served in several Indian restaurants. The dish is very similar and often referred to as Malai Paneer Curry, Shahi Paneer or Mughlai Paneer.

Matar Paneer (Green Peas and Paneer Curry) | Playful Cookinglink to Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer is a very popular North Indian curry. It has a lovely texture and beautiful flavor balance. Soft bite size paneer (fresh uncultured cheese) with the sweetness of peas cooked in spiced tomato gravy. It pairs wonderfully with both rice and roti. This dish is so much preferred in India that you will find it in almost every other restaurant, buffet menu, wedding menu or for any gathering that plans for a North Indian meal. I hardly order this dish in a restaurant because the ratio of the gravy with the paneer is never balanced and so, I always prefer…

Spicy Chilli Paneer | Playful Cooking #paneer #chili #indianfood #foodphotographylink to Spicy Chili Paneer

Spicy Chili Paneer

Saucy, sticky and wickedly moreish is this Spicy Chili Paneer, one of the most popular appetizers ordered in any Indian restaurant. It’s almost impossible to pass the dish in the menu without giving it a second thought. Chances are, you will go for it even though you had the same dish just last week. The craving for this quick, spicy dish is so tremendous that it gets me salivated only by the thought of it!

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Paneer Jalfrezi (Cheese and Pepper Stir Fry)

The past few weeks have been a little bumpy for us. First, I caught a bad virus that started with a horrible throat ache. And then, I passed it on to my little boy. He was not eating or playing, fever back to back and he just wanted to rest. We kept him off school for a few days. On top of all this, the workload was getting piled up. It’s a good thing that my work spins around food, so even if the laundry gets done in time or not, the food is almost always ready. Of course, with…

Badami Paneer (Paneer in creamy almond gravy) | Playful Cookinglink to Badami Paneer (Paneer In Almond Gravy)

Badami Paneer (Paneer In Almond Gravy)

Last ten days was amazing. We had been to Pune to attend my brother’s and sister in law’s house ceremony, which was on Diwali night. What I didn’t expect was to also see my uncle aunty and cousins. It was a houseful situation. Don’t even let me get to the detail of sleeping arrangements. It was just fun. And in between all these, I completely stayed away from my blog and social media. So here it is, a luscious rich curry with paneer chunks in creamy almond gravy, Badami Paneer.

Methi Saag Malai Paneer (Paneer with Fenugreek Dill Creamy Sauce) | Playful Cooking #foodphotography #paneer #photography #curry #indian #stewlink to Methi Malai Paneer

Methi Malai Paneer

Refreshing flavor of dill leaves along with the mild bitterness from fenugreek leaves and soft paneer bites in a creamy gently, spiced gravy! Don’t you love when a meal comes together in 30 minutes? Well, this Methi Malai Paneer is not only easy to make, it’s also packed with nutrition and tastes delicious. Paired with Instant Naan, this Methi Malai Paneer could be your treat, even on a busy day.

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Paneer Bhurji Curry

There are so many dishes that I have learnt from my husband. Since both of us are from two different regions and cultures, it makes our diet a beautiful blend. I feel quite lucky that we don't restrict from trying new flavors, which is probably why cooking is still playful for me. The only paneer dish that I grew up eating is in the form a light curry, prepared by Ma in Bengali style. I will share that recipe someday. Today it's Paneer Bhurji Curry that Arvind inspired me to learn. I probably made it sound like a big project when…

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Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese Wrap

One thing that we can't get enough of is Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese. It's one of those ingredients which is very common in almost every North Indian Kitchen. In Eastern part of India, it's also called Chenna and my Mom always used to make them at home. I have always watched her making it, even helped her at times, but never made them all by myself. I think it's high time that I give it a try. The best part about Indian Cottage Cheese/ Paneer is that you can either make a spicy dish or add it in a…

Kashundi Paneer Naan Calzone | Playful Cookinglink to Kashundi Paneer Naan Calzone

Kashundi Paneer Naan Calzone

Cooking for two is easy and tough at the same time. Easy, because I never require too much of any ingredient and tough, because no matter how precise I go, there are always some leftovers. It happens very occasionally when the serving bowl comes out clean from the dining table. And with the hectic schedule over the weekdays, we both never mind leftovers. But some days, I like to create something new out of the leftovers so that it doesn’t feel like a repeating meal. This naan calzone was a result of one such situation!

Grilled Paneer and Pineapple Tart | Playful Cookinglink to Grilled Paneer Pineapple Tart

Grilled Paneer Pineapple Tart

In north Indian cuisine, paneer is the king of vegetarian meals and therefore, it makes frequent appearances on our dinning table. This unsalted cheese is versatile and easy to cook in different ways. From curries to scramble to char grill, it’s an ingredient that comes extremely handy. You could either go traditional, or take a different route and prepare something fancy. Grilled paneer pineapple tart , just delicious!