paneer masala recipe | dhaba style paneer masala | paneer dhaba style

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paneer masala recipe | dhaba style paneer masala | paneer dhaba style with detailed photo and video recipe. a unique way of preparing the favourite paneer masala curry to roadside restaurants in india. dhaba restaurants is almost synonyms to punjabi cuisine and is famous for its mouthwatering roti’s and paneer recipes.
paneer masala recipepaneer masala recipe | dhaba style paneer masala | paneer dhaba style with step by step photo and video recipe. initially the dhaba’s were seen along the indian highways especially near the petrol pump serving food for the truck drivers. the food served in dhaba’s were nutritious and tasty with less fancy and easily available ingredients. paneer masala recipe is once such recipe which is prepared in typical punjabi dhaba style.

my first encounter to a dhaba style recipes or even my first ever lunch in a proper dhaba was during my annual trip to india in 2015. we had personally arranged the rajasthan and punjab trip to get the authentic culinary tour from both states. my husband was very particularly interested with punjabi dhaba and the thali’s or complete meal it had to offer. i wasn’t interested initially with the plan but half heartedly i accompanied my husband to popular dhaba road side restaurant for our lunch. however i was surprisingly happy that i joined my husband for lunch and i got the first hand experience of dhaba style recipes and especially the paneer masala recipe.

dhaba style paneer masalafurthermore some important tips and suggestions for a perfect dhaba style paneer masala recipe. firstly, always use soft and moist paneer for this recipe. i have used homemade paneer for this recipe, alternatively you can use store bought soft paneer. secondly, use thick curd and creamy curd which ensures the gravy to be rich and mild. also ensure to use less sour yogurt for this recipe. optionally creamy greek yogurt can also be used. finally you can also add cashew paste to paneer masala to make it mild and more creamy.

finally i would like to highlight my other paneer recipes collection from my post. this mainly includes, palak paneer, paneer butter masala, matar paneer, paneer jalfrezi, paneer bhurji, methi malai paneer, shahi paneer and paneer tikka masala recipe. in addition do check my other recipes collection like,

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paneer masala recipe | dhaba style paneer masala | paneer dhaba style
 
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easy paneer masala recipe | dhaba style paneer masala | paneer dhaba style
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Recipe type: curry
Cuisine: north indian
Serves: 3 Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 9 cubes paneer / cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • 1 bay bay leaf / tej patta
  • ½ inch cinnamon stick / dalchini
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup tomato pulp
  • ½ tsp turmeric / haldi
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder / lal mirch powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ cup curd / yogurt, whisked
  • water as required
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves, crushed
Instructions ( 1 cup =255 ml)
  1. firstly, in a large kadai heat ghee and fry 9 cubes of paneer. keep aside.
  2. now in the same ghee, add in cumin seeds, bay bay leaf and cinnamon stick. saute till the spices turn aromatic.
  3. furthermore, add in chopped onion and ginger-garlic paste and saute well.
  4. additionally, add in tomato pulp and saute till it release oil.
  5. now add in turmeric, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt.
  6. saute on low flame till the spices are cooked well.
  7. now add water along with whisked curd.
  8. mix continuously keeping the flame on low.
  9. boil the gravy for 2-3 minutes on low to medium flame.
  10. now add in fried paneer cubes.
  11. cover and simmer for 2 minutes or till paneer absorbs the spices.
  12. now add in garam masala and crushed kasuri methi.
  13. finally, mix well and serve paneer masala recipe with roti or rice.


how to make dhaba style paneer with step by step photo:

  1. firstly, in a large kadai heat ghee and fry 9 cubes of paneer.
    paneer masala recipe
  2. do not break the paneer, and cook on low to medium flame stirring occasionally.
    paneer masala recipe
  3. keep aside the fried paneer.
    paneer masala recipe
  4. now in the same ghee, add in 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 bay bay leaf and ½ inch cinnamon stick. saute till the spices turn aromatic.
    paneer masala recipe
  5. furthermore, add in 1 finely chopped onion and saute well.
    paneer masala recipe
  6. also add in 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste and saute well.
    dhaba style paneer masala
  7. additionally, add in 1 cup tomato pulp. prepare the tomato pulp by blending 2 large tomatoes.
    dhaba style paneer masala
  8. saute continuously till the tomatoes turn mushy and starts to release oil.
    dhaba style paneer masala
  9. now add in ½ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp red chilli powder, ½ tsp coriander powder, ¼ tsp cumin powder and salt to taste.
    dhaba style paneer masala
  10. saute on low flame till the spices are cooked well.
    dhaba style paneer masala
  11. now add ½ cup of water along with ½ cup of whisked curd.
    dhaba style paneer masala
  12. mix continuously keeping the flame on low. else there are chances for curd to curdle.
    dhaba style paneer masala
  13. boil the gravy for 2-3 minutes on low to medium flame.
    paneer dhaba style
  14. now add in fried paneer cubes.
    paneer dhaba style
  15. cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes or till paneer absorbs the spices.
    paneer dhaba style
  16. now add in ¼ tsp garam masala and crushed ½ tsp kasuri methi.
    paneer dhaba style
  17. finally, mix well and serve paneer masala recipe with roti or rice.
    dhaba style paneer masala


notes:

  • firstly, use homemade paneer or soft and moist paneer for more flavour.
  • also cook the tomatoes and onions well, else the curry wont taste great.
  • additionally, add in coriander leaves to enhance the flavour.
  • finally, paneer masala recipe taste great when cooked and low flame.

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Hebbar's Kitchen is all about Indian veg recipes. This blog is managed by me Archana and my husband, Sudarshan. I try to post my recipes with simple & easily available ingredients from kitchen. These posts are usually supported by short videos and photo recipes. Learn interesting recipes and share your feedback, as your feedback means a lot to me.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I tried this today. End result is satisfactory.
    For me curd broke out, become watery..
    Had to add more cashew paste to get correct consistency.

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