Paneer Pasanday | Rare Recipe Challenge

When I started to follow Lina’s blog, this was the first post that I read via WP app was this rare recipe challenge.  It was interesting and I saw only one was left out. I googled that recipe and found it’s a Mughal recipe popular in Pakistan and North India and it is prepared with meat. I thought of trying it with veggies and immediately signed up for the challenge and so here I am with the Vegetarian Version on the Pasanday Recipe. Jhuls from thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com is the judge for this challenge. She is so creative and I love her recipes. She is not the not so creative cook. She is a creative cook. :-)

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Wikipedia gave me an idea about the recipe and a little background. When I further explored I found there are two versions of this recipe – the Pakistani/North Indian one and the Hyderabadi one. I went through both and eventually ended up following the Wikipedia one. But before finalizing I found the recipes in allrecipes and also couple of recipes in urdu. Was trying the english translation and eventually settled with the Wikipedia version. It is a marinated and fried recipe. Instead of meat, I went with Paneer (of course) and also I had Tandoori Masala at home. So I substituted that in the place of individual masalas.

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I prepared this as the dry curry. The great thing about this recipe is that you can also bake instead of shallow frying. But as I have already posted Baked Tandoori Paneer (I didn’t use the tandoori masala for this. Prepared this as chat paneer), I went with shallow frying. So this is what I did,

Ingredients:

  • Paneer – One 10 oz pack
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Tandoori Masala – 2 tsps
  • Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsps
  • Yogurt – ¾ cup
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 1tsp
  • Besan  – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 3 to 4 tbsps
  • Onion – 1 

Steps:

  • Cut the paneer into small cubes.

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  • Chop the onions thinly.
  • Add the yogurt and all the spices including salt to the paneer cubes and mix well.

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  • Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, drain the water if any (adding salt sometimes oozes out water) add the besan and mix well.

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  • Now heat the kadai and oil the oil.
  • Add the onions and let it fry well.

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  •  Make sure the heat is in medium and then add the marinated paneer.
  • Let it fry and keep stirring it slowly.

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  • It takes around 20 minutes for the crust to form. I let it brown well.

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  • That’s it. Paneer pasanday is ready.

Notes:

  • You can add tomatoes and make it gravy form also.
  • As I mentioned you can bake this or you can deep fry the same.

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Paneer Pasanday
A vegetarian version of the famous Mughalai recipe. Marinated and shallow fried paneer pasanday.
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. Paneer – One 10 oz pack
  2. Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  3. Tandoori Masala – 2 tsps
  4. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  5. Salt – 2 tsps
  6. Yogurt – ¾ cup
  7. Ginger Garlic Paste – 1tsp
  8. Besan – 2 tbsp
  9. Oil – 3 to 4 tbsps
  10. Onion - 1
Instructions
  1. Cut the paneer into small cubes.
  2. Chop the onions thinly.
  3. Add the yogurt and all the spices including salt to the paneer cubes and mix well.
  4. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, drain the water if any (adding salt sometimes oozes out water) add the besan and mix well.
  6. Now heat the kadai and oil the oil.
  7. Add the onions and let it fry well.
  8. Make sure the heat is in medium and then add the marinated paneer.
  9. Let it fry and keep stirring it slowly.
  10. It takes around 20 minutes for the crust to form. I let it brown well.
  11. That’s it. Paneer pasanday is ready.
Notes
  1. You can add tomatoes and make it gravy form also.
  2. As I mentioned you can bake this or you can deep fry the same.
Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen http://www.vidhyashomecooking.com/

20 thoughts on “Paneer Pasanday | Rare Recipe Challenge

  1. Vidhya, you did your job so well. I love that you made it vegetarian and you used paneer. This sounds like a very lovely dish. It is so fun to encounter a new dish and you do your research about it – it gives you and your readers new information about it and options about the recipe – it’s either they want it with meat or they want to make it vegetarian/vegan. What I also love about this dish is that when you said that you can bake it instead of shallow-frying.

    I am happy to the judge for the first Rare Recipe Challenge and I am happy that you are a part of Lina’s unique challenge.

    Looking forward to more recipes and awesomeness. :D

    x Jhuls

    PS: Thanks a lot for the kind words.

    • Thanks a lot Jhuls. Your comment made my day. Thanks for the detailed explanations. Loved it and it motivates me too. Looking forward for more rare recipes. :-) Hope to see you around.

    • Hi Lina, Thanks a lot for your feedback. Loved this challenge. As you mentioned I have include Jhul’s link and also added my post via the link tool. Let me know if I am missing something. Hopping to see others rare recipes.

  2. Beautiful idea! You have done a wonderful job with the Pasanday…a good research on it too! This is any day equal to meat…good choice of a substitution…Btw just add a link of one Jhuls’ posts, she is the judge for the challenge..ATB! I loved having you as a part of the challenge…great going!

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