Garlic paneer is a quick and delicious garlic flavored paneer dry recipe which can be served as a starter, snack or as a side dish with any meals. The recipe is very simple and requires less ingredients too.
Paneer or cottage cheese is widely used in Indian cuisine. It is prepared by curdling fresh milk using an acidic substance like lemon juice, vinegar etc. Paneer is very light on stomach and hence easy to digest. It contains high amounts of proteins and calcium. Paneer regulates blood sugar levels, balances fluid in the body, improves heart health, boosts weight loss etc.
Garlic paneer can be prepared using homemade paneer or with store bought one. Make sure you use fresh paneer for the recipe. Using byadgi or Kashmiri red chillies gives a wonderful red color to the dish. You can use spicy variety chillies too or a mix of both. Chillies can be deseeded before using it in the recipe to make garlic paneer less spicy.
Soak byadgi chillies in water for few minutes before grinding it along with garlic and sugar. Sugar helps to reduce the spiciness in the recipe, hence added in a very little quantity say about ½ to 1 tsp. You can skip it too if you do not prefer. Lemon juice or vinegar gives slight tanginess and also helps to reduce the spiciness. Sugar and lemon juice/vinegar enhances the taste of garlic paneer.
Garlic paneer can be served as a starter or as a snack for any occasions and gatherings. It can also be served as a side dish with your meals like rice, dal or rasam too.
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250 grams paneer, cut into cubes
1 medium sized onions, finely chopped
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
1 spring curry leaves
10-12 garlic pods,
4-5 dry red chilli, Kashmiri or byadgi chilli
2 tsp lemon juice or Vinegar
½ tsp sugar
2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, chopped
Oil, any cooking oil
- In a bowl, add water and soak byadgi red chillies/dry red chillies for 10 minutes. You can deseed the chillies and soak them too for less spiciness.
- Take a small mixer jar and add to it garlic pods, soaked dry red chillies and sugar. Grind it to a slightly coarse paste. You can add few teaspoons of water if required while grinding.
- Heat a pan and add 1-2 tbsp oil. Once oil is hot, add jeera/cumin seeds and allow it to sizzle for few seconds. Add curry leaves and finely chopped onions.
- On a medium flame sauté the onions till it turns transparent and soft. Now add ground garlic chilli sauce/paste, lemon juice and mix well. Sauté well for another 5 minutes of a low-medium flame. Also add salt to taste.
- Once the oil starts leaving the sides of the pan, add fresh paneer cubes and mix it gently to coat with the onions and garlic chilli sauce. Mix well and close the lid of the pan and cook for a minute or two.
- Now, add chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame. Transfer hot garlic paneer to a serving dish. You can squeeze more lemon juice if needed on the garlic paneer.
- Serve delicious Garlic paneer as a starter, snack or as a side dish with your meals.
- Use fresh paneer to make garlic paneer
- Adjust spices as per your taste and preference
- You can add more or less lemon juice
- Sugar and lemon juice helps to reduce the spiciness of the dish
- Cook garlic paneer on a low-medium flame only
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