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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.

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…

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…

chenna kaju palak (fresh cheese dumplings in cashew and spinach) | Playful Cookinglink to Chenna Kaju Palak

Chenna Kaju Palak

As I was glancing through Chef Todiwala’s Spice Box cookbook, this recipe of potato, nut and paneer croquettes in spinach sauce caught my eye. It looked so good that I had to add that to my list. Now, I am not very good at following recipes to the point, so I gave my own little changes and made this Chenna Kaju Palak (Fresh Cheese Dumplings In Cashew And Spinach). The cheese dumplings were pillowy and the soft cashew and spinach sauce is a keeper.

Palak Paneer Party Slider | Playful Cookinglink to Palak Paneer (Spinach Cheese) Party Sliders

Palak Paneer (Spinach Cheese) Party Sliders

Crusty golden top with creamy paneer, goodness of baby spinach, the sharpness from marinara sauce and those crunchy red onions! With cheese loaded in the center, these palak paneer (spinach cheese) party sliders are a hit. The left over sliders stays good in an airtight container, and after a quick warming in the microwave it gets cheesy and saucy once again.

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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.

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!

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!

Paneer Corn Cabbage Cups | Playful Cookinglink to Paneer Corn Cabbage Cup

Paneer Corn Cabbage Cup

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I should be sharing a chocolate pleasure. Instead, I am going to ask you to try this salad. We never really go grand on celebrating Valentine’s Day. We fancy a casual dinner at home in our pajamas instead of waiting for a table in crowded restaurants. And this salad could be a great start. Snuggling in the couch, eating with bare hands.  

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Raskadam (An Indian Sweet made with milk and sugar) – Guest Post for Radhika @ Just Home Made

This time of the year calls for family get together, it calls for shopping and it calls for lots of eating.. rich flavorful meals followed by different types of sweets. We are celebrating Navratri, Durga Puja and Diwali is just around the corner! As a kid, the preparations used to start a month in advance. Buying new clothes, new pair of shoes and of-course matching accessories to go with the dress. Growing up in a Bengali family, Durga Puja has always been The Festival we look forward to the whole year. There would be no school, no homework; those few days was only about meeting up with friends, dressing up…