Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Paneer Saufin/Paneer Ajwaini

With hundreds of food blogs on my reader (with many, many recipes bookmarked), the umpteen cookbooks I have and the food channels/shows that I watch, you'd think I have enough and more food related things to see/read/do. But then I still found myself downloading a recipe app (called Sweet n Spicy) that looked interesting. I generally like going through recipes and hey, if the app is free, why not?! Right? Anyway, though the app could be better and is a work-in-progress, it gave me this really nice dish that I'm posting today called paneer saufin, an ajwaini paneer in a yogurt sauce. Just goes to show, you never know what recipe hits the right note at the right time and gets you going!

Paneer Saufin



1 cup paneer, cubed
1.5 cup yogurt, beaten
1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
2 tsp coriander seeds, roasted and pound (or 1 tsp coriander powder)
2 tsp cumin, roasted and pound (or 1 tsp cumin powder)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
2-3 green chiles, chopped fine
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp kitchen king masala (optional)
1 tbsp mint leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
1 tbsp vegetable oil (or any other)
salt to taste


Heat oil n a pan. Add ajwain and fry for a few seconds.
Add onions, garlic and sauté for a few minutes, until translucent.
Add the cubed panner along with the pounded coriander, cumin and red chilli powder.
Season with salt and mix well. Let it cook on low for a couple minutes to infuse the paneer with spices.
Turn heat to low and add yogurt, green chilies, mint, cilantro and garam masala.
Mix well, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil.
Finish with KK masala, if using. This was a last minute addition for me, as I found the yogurt gravy wanting. It made all the difference.
Serve with rotis.


Kannada Cuisine said...

Thats a lot of Ajwain! Slurp :)

Paaka Shaale said...

Ah!!! I love ajwain. I am book marking this now :)

Priya said...

Even i bookmarked a lot,yet to try them..btw paneer ajiwani looks yummy and super flavourful..

Ambika said...

Wow! This sounds amazing! I have never tried cooking paneer this way, gotto try it soon!

Cham said...

Something different with ajwain - the curry is tempting!

Prathibha said...

Nicely done paneer preparation..the spices that went in this gravy would hv made it definitely tasty..yumm

lata raja said...

I love the flavour of ajwain. True that there are hundreds of recipes that I might love to try from the many blogs we read. Now I am marking this too to my try at home list!

Rumana Rawat said...

So yummy recipe:)

LG said...

I have all the ingredients and thinking of making it for dinner :) Yummy it looks ..

BongMom said...

Ajwain is something I am trying in cooking these days. This really looks awesome

Jaya said...

Vani, How are you?
One look at the dish, and I know this was awesome..haven't used ajwain much in cooking ..lets see if I can make your paneer recipe someday..hugs and smiles

Vani said...

Smitha - yeah, quite heady too :)

PS - I've not used ajwain a lot before. Usually only in pakoras/bhajias. thanks :)

Priya, Ambika, Cham, Pratibha, Lata di, Rumana, Lakshmi, San - thanks, girls :)

Jaya - Doing good. Loved your trip pics.

Recipeswap said...

So many times I too bookmark and take forever to get to making it.good pic.looks fab!

Vani said...

Thsnks, RS!