Paneer is fresh cheese common in South Asian cuisine, mainly this originated in India. It is completely lacto- vegetarian and providing one of the sources of protein for vegetarians in India. It is generally unsalted. The use of paneer is more common in Nepal, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh due to prominence of milk in their cuisine. It is popular when wrapped in dough and deep fried or served with spinach as palak paneer or with peas as matar paneer.
In Oriya, Assamese and Bengali cuisine it is mostly restricted to sweets, but with sweets there are many spicy paneer dishes which are also very popular.
Bhapa in Bengali means steamed food, it focuses on preserving the flavors and contains less spice for this reason, in Bengal steamed food are well liked. Bhapa paneer is one such crowd pleasing steamed dish of Bengal.
Try this yummy Bhapa paneer and you will surely like it.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6
- 200 gms paneer cube
- 1tbsp of mustard
- 1tbsp poppy seed
- 4 tbsp yogurt
- 1 tbsp of cashew, raisin and mixed melon seed each
- ½ cup green peas
- 1 green chili for paste
- 2 green chilly chopped
- 2 green chilly silted
- 3 tbsp of fresh coriander leaves
- ½ tsp of garam masala powder
- ½ tsp of turmeric powder
- 1 tsp sugar or to taste
- 3 tbsp of mustard oil
- Salt to taste
Bhapa paneer is one of the easiest recipe. Even the beginner who is trying their hands on Indian cooking can start with Bhapa paneer.
First make a smooth paste with mustard seed, poppy seed, cashew, raisin, mixed melon seed and one green chilly (you can use more if you want it to be more hot).
In a bowl take this paste, yogurt, chopped green chili, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, sugar, salt and mustard oil. Mix well.
Add the paneer cube and green peas.
Coat the paneer cubes with this masala.
Boil water in a pressure cooker.
Put the paneer mixture in a covered container drizzle little mustard oil above it and top this with chopped coriander and silted green chili.
Cover the container and cook for one to two whistle. You can also cook it in your steamer.
Put off the flame.
Give 10 minute standing time and then open the lid.
Paneer Bhapa is ready.
Serve with hot steamed rice or luchi (deep fried wheat flat bread).