Stuffed Paneer Masala

This was another of my experiments. To make the paneer masala dish richer, I worked with the paneer. By stuffing the paneer, the nutrition level of the dish also increases. Makes it a special kind-of dish for occasions :)

Loved this variation and might try out other combinations too.




Stuffed paneer masala too goes to the Eat Healthy – Protein Rich event


Also, the nutrition value of the dish is improved – by using spinach and walnuts within paneer; and by using low fat milk instead of cream. Moreover, I have only roasted the paneer sandwiches in little oil (avoided frying/shallow frying). Therefore, these modifications make this dish healthy though it looks as tastes rich and special. So, Stuffed Paneer Masala is also my entry for Mansi Desai’s Healthy Cooking event.

 

 

Ingredients:

Paneer: 200g (7 oz)

For stuffing:

Spinach/Palak: ¼ cup chopped finely

Walnuts: 1 tablespoon crushed (you may use any nuts you like – I use walnuts for their nutrition and coz we like them)

Green chillies: 4 chopped finely

Salt to taste

Corn flour: 1½ tablespoons

For gravy:

Onions: 2 medium ones

Tomato puree: about 200 gm/7 oz – 2 cups approx

Green chillies: 5

Ginger: ½ inch piece

Turmeric powder: a pinch

Red chilly powder: ½ teaspoon

Cumin powder: 1 teaspoon

Garam Masala: 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon

Bay leaves (Tej patta): 1

Brown/Black Cardamom (Badi Elaichi): about 5-6 seeds

Green Cardamom (Choti Elaichi) powder: ½ teaspoon

Sugar: 2 teaspoons

Milk: 2 tablespoons (I used 2% milk – you can use cream instead to make it richer – I have avoided it to reduce the fat content)

Salt to taste

Cooking oil: 1½ tablespoons

 

Method:

  1. Cut the paneer into 1 cm thickness slices of the block’s thickness and height (about 1½ inches by 3 inches).
  2. To prepare the stuffing, mix the ingredients well with salt to taste.
  3. Smear the stuffing on one side of half the paneer slices.
  4. Cover the stuffed side with another paneer piece like a sandwich. Press slightly so that the stuffing sticks to the paneer – but gently so that the paneer does not crumble.
  5. In a plate, make a thin paste with the corn flour – just thick enough ot coat the paneer but not show like a thick layer.
  6. Dip the paneer sandwiches in the corn flour solution and coat on all four sides.
  7. In a large heavy-bottomed vessel, stir-fry the paneer sandwiches in one tablespoon of cooking oil on low heat.
  8. Carefully turn them after about a minute or so when they start turning brown on one side. Keep doing this till they are a nice brown color on all four sides.
  9. Remove on a plate and reserve. These stuffed paneer sandwiches can also be served as snacks (suggested by hubby and Asha)
  10. In the meanwhile, roughly chop the onion, ginger, and chillies.
  11. Grind the chopped veggies into a fine paste. You may add a little water while grinding, if required.
  12. In the same large heavy-bottomed vessel, add the remaining oil and heat. When the oil is hot, temper with mustard seeds.
  13. When they start popping, add the bay leaves and black cardamom seeds. Stir for a minute so they release their flavors.
  14. Now, add the ground paste and fry well till oil leaves the sides and the paste is well cooked. Stir at regular intervals to ensure that the paste doesn’t stick to the vessel.
  15. Once the onion paste is well cooked, mix in the tomato puree. Allow to cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  16. Then, add the turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder, cardamom powder, garam masala powder, salt, and sugar. Also, pour about 1 cup of water to make a thick gravy consistency.
  17. At this stage, you can add the milk (or cream if you use that instead) and mix well.
  18. Gently place the paneer sandwiches into the gravy without breaking them.
  19. Allow to cook on low heat for about 5 minutes so that the flavors of the gravy enter the paneer.
  20. Turn off the heat and serve. Enjoy with any chapatti/paratha variety, rice, or a dish of you choice!
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  22. I made one portion of gravy as simple paneer masala as well :) Here are its pics.

13 Responses to “Stuffed Paneer Masala”

  1. I could have just the stuffed Paneer, no need for gravy. Looks wonderful!:)

    From skribles: Thanks Asha – Thats a nice idea for a snack as well!

  2. What a recipe…. looking absolutely delicious…… Well done Skribles!!!!

    From skribles: Thanks Vani :)

  3. Looks delicious.. What a great idea of stuffing paneer! Just the stuffed panneer itself could be a wonderful appetizer! Bookmarked.. Great entry :)

    From skribles: Thanks Sujatha – Yes the stuffed paneer sandwiches can be a snack/appetizer :)

  4. looks wonderful ..what a great idea ..a must try recipe thanks for sharing

    From skribles: Thanks Divya – hope u try and like it :)

  5. How lovely, Skribles! That curry looks absolutely delicious! What a nice way to make a simple dish special!

    From skribles: Thanks Vani

  6. That looks lovely skribles! I make this too, but stuff it with cheese generally:) so thanks for your healthier version!:)

    From skribles: Thanks Mansi – and you are hosting such as nice event! Thanks for tht too :)

  7. How delicious..but just like Asha, I would finish them much before they reach the gravy!

    From skribles: Thanks Rashmi :) – Yep true – we too did eat some of them b4 they reached the gravy ;)

  8. paneer look deleciousssss ,cant wait to eat untilgravy is done

    From skribles: Thanks Sagari

  9. Wow this is new to me dear

    From skribles: Thanks Kalva – do try and let me know if u like it

  10. nice one..the paneer sandwich looks yummy..

    From skribles: Thanks Sowmya

  11. The stuffed paneer without gravy would make a great starter too:) Just one question – my paneer when roasted like this turns tough – Did yours too?

    From skribles: Thanks sunshinemom. If it is only paneer (not sandwich) then I immerse it in warm water after frying to keep it soft – these sandwiches, I allowed them to cook for about 5 odd mins so they became soft. Hope that solves your problem :) – and paneer I try to use fresh within 1 week of buying, else it might become chewy/rubbery like u say

  12. A lovely recipe….this would be perfect for special dinners….thanks for this idea!

    From skribles: Thanks Trupti

  13. Loved it! I made it with soy paneer to make it healthier for my family. Because of the tasty stuffing, it worked well!

    From skribles: Glad that u liked it Shweta …. and interesting to make with soy paneer … Thanks :)

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