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Paneer in Mustard Sauce

Paneer or cottage cheese is one of my weaknesses and I can eat it raw. But, cooking is my passion too, hence experimenting with spices during crisis becomes my usual fun. Cottage cheese in mustard sauce is an outcome of my culinary experiment; therefore it is a crisis solving recipe that is quick and handy.


Time Required

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yields: Serves four



Cottage cheese/Paneer - 200 grams (cut into cubes)Paneer

Black mustard seeds - one teaspoon

White mustard seeds - two teaspoons

Poppy seeds - two teaspoons

Cashew  - 6-7

Ginger garlic paste - 1 and ½ teaspoon

Green chilies - 2

Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon (powdered)

Coriander - one teaspoon (powdered)

Chili powder - half a teaspoon

Cilantro - one sprig

Vinegar - one teaspoon

Turmeric powder - one teaspoon

Salt - to taste

Milk - two tablespoons

Water - as required

Oil - as per requirement


 Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the paneer cubes. Once the cubes turn slightly brownish, take them out from the pan and keep aside. 

Take mustard, poppy seeds, cashew nuts and a green chili in a blending bowl and grind them into paste in a blender.

Again heat a little oil in a pan and once the oil is hot, add ginger-garlic paste to it. After the oil starts separating, add the paste of ingredients you just made in the blender. Add vinegar and let it cook for 10 seconds. Now add turmeric, salt, cumin and coriander powder and stir. Add some water (very little) and leave the ingredients to be cooked for two minutes. Now add the cottage cheese cubes. Stir slowly so that the sauce coats all the cubes. Now add milk in it and cook for 2-3 minutes. You can also add a teaspoon of sugar or honey to add slight sweetness in the dish.

Add a chopped green chili before taking out the dish from the oven to enhance the flavor. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with chapatis or parathas.

Tip: Cook in mustard oil to intensify the aroma.

Final Outcome of My Experiment

Final dish

Groceries needed

Haldirams Fresh Paneer 100% Vegetarian 14 oz
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(price as of May 20, 2014)
Indian Spice Poppy Seeds 7oz-
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(price as of May 20, 2014)
Do not mix with black poppy seeds. These are different.