Tamatar Paneer | Cottage cheese in Tomato gravy | Easy Recipe

Twice a week, my husband takes his lunch box to work…No, other days he doesn’t starve at lunch.. Weekly twice, he has his noon shift.. and he prefers my food over a multi cuisine “restaurant style” canteen.. At least that’s what it seems when i hear the menu which {he says} consists of Rice, choices of side dishes, blah blah and the most important part of their buffet, Gulab Jamun…. Now that makes it definitely special… I always tell him, if i were him, i would have never taken lunchbox to work.. What about you??

                        But since he is “he”, he takes{so many he’s..haha} home cooked food to work.. Can i consider it as a feather on my cap?? Yes, of course i can!! But this feather comes with a price… I have to search for easy and tasty north indian dishes for him which are “potato free” and goes well with rotis…. Now it is really not as easy as it may sound… Especially when he insists i find new recipes each time “For the Blog, of course” {That’s the dialog i get to hear a lot these days.. sigh!}

So finally this week for the lunchbox day, i was searching for super easy paneer recipes {as i was in no mood to cook elaborately!} and found this Tomato Paneer recipe…. Was so happy to see that even though it looked restaurant style, the recipe was actually super easy….So made it along with rotis and rice { Ended up making an elaborate meal! ;)} and enjoyed it restaurant style….

The gravy was so delicious that i could not believe it was such a easy recipe… In this dish, the flavor of tomatoes and spices are well absorbed by the soft paneer cubes and the crunch of capsicums takes the dish to another level completely… In all i can say this is definitely a must try dish.. I am really happy i got one more quick fix paneer recipe.. You too try this and let me know how they come out.. Happy and Healthy Cooking!! 🙂

Also sharing some of my other favorite Paneer recipes in case you have missed:

Health Benefits of Paneer/Cottage Cheese: Good Source of Calcium, If eaten in moderation, Paneer is associated with lower body weight and reduced risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome, Good source of Protein,Prevents Stomach disorders, Helps in lower back and joint pain… 
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Adapted fromNDTV cooks

1 Cup Paneer / Cottage cheese cubes
1 small sized Capsicum,diced
2 Large Tomatoes,pureed
3 Tbsp Milk
1/2 Tbsp Ginger garlic paste
1 tsp Cumin seeds/Jeera
1 Star Anise
1 Tbsp Red chilli powder
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves,finely chopped for garnish

1. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and star anise.. Allow it to change colour..

2. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell subsides..

3. Add diced capsicum and fry till the capsicum cooks but the crunch remains…

4. Add tomato puree..
Note: For tomato puree, just de seed the tomatoes,chop roughly and blend in the mixer without water…

5. Add garam masala powder, salt, sugar and red chilli powder… Mix well.. Allow it to cook till oil leaves the sides and the mixture becomes a paste..

6. Add milk and mix well..

7. Add paneer cubes and cook it covered over low flame for 2 mins till the paneer soaks in the gravy..
Note: Do not overcook or cook over high flame as this may curdle the milk..

8. Remove from flame and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves..
Serve hot with rotis and rice!

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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