February 3, 2009

Paneer Methi Malai

On New Year's Day, S and I drove to Karnal to get our car serviced. It is said that the best service station of Tata Motors is in Karnal. We gave the car to the service station folks and then went to the Karnal Haveli. The owner of the service station was gracious enough to offer us his car. It was quite cold and we were very hungry when we reached the place. We ordered some typically Punjabi food and relished every morsel.

One of the dishes we had was called Paneer Methi Malai. It was lipsmackingly delicious. I wanted to recreate the dish at home. A couple of weekends ago, I decided to try my hand at it. The resultant dish was great. We lapped it up with some hot phulkas.

2 cups Fenugreek Leaves, washed and chopped
½ tsp Cumin Seeds
1 cup Paneer, cubed
½ cup Milk
2 tbsp Cream
¼ tsp Sugar (optional)
1 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

To be ground to a paste:
1 Onion
2 Green Chillies
½” piece Ginger
2 cloves Garlic
2 tbsp Cashews
1 tsp Poppy Seeds

Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the fenugreek leaves and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the paste and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the milk, cream, sugar, salt and paneer cubes. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Serve with rotis.


Asha said...

Masala for sauce really sounds good, I will try. Methi is not available here now, but could use Palak instead! :))

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks delicious. I haven't found a source for fresh fenugreek around here yet, but I never really give up hope :)

Aaarti said...

Nice.. i like Methi palak combo!! :D

how u doing lady? busy with work?!!

Madhu said...

Very different with methi leaves and paneer, looks delish..

Raaga said...

@Ashakka: You could try this with palak. I'm also thinking of making something like this with coriander. What do you think?

@FK: Maybe you should grow your own? Don't give up, not yet please :-)

@Aarti: No palak in this, just methi. Try it :-)

@Madhu: It is mild, yet full of flavour.

Akeelu said...

Wow... looks very nice...

feeling sad i can't taste/prepare this since i am allergic to milk( any lactic content). For that i am taking immuno therapy...

so will definitely try this after 3months!!! :)

arundati said...

sounds so simple... must try this one... looks good.

Navita said...

the taste is in the simplicity...
hi n loved reading u...would love to have u around at my place too.:)

Trupti said...

Looks good, Girl! I have yet to make this at home.... Cashews, poppy seeds and paneer in this recipe makes it tempting!

the spice who loved me

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely.Perfect with rotis.I am always drooling at your subzi recipes.the combo is perfect

Pavithra Kodical said...

Wow the sauce recipe is so interesting..This version is new to me..Will try sometime :)

DEESHA said...

sounds delicious Raaga, I havent had this before. Yum Yum

A_and_N said...

A makes a sabzi with a poppy seed-peanut paste. Should post that sometime. Mebbe I could make this sauce for that sabzi!

I love the coriander idea. I'm going to try it!

Srividya said...


Thanks for the recipe. I had methi leaves, half block of panner and some left over cream. I modified your recipe a bit. I tried boiling the onion studded with cloves and cardomom (as per the recipe in DelhiBelle Blog), then grinding with green chilles, garlic and cashewnuts. The recipe came out really good. Thanks again !

Sandeepa said...

I will try this when I get methi leaves, the gravy masala sounds great

Asha said...

I tried out this recipe and it came out really well! Thank you!

Raaga said...

@Ashakka: Great. I'm so glad you tried it and liked it :)