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paneer ghee roast recipe

Sharing a vegetarian version of the popular Mangalorean chicken ghee roast. Paneer ghee roast was requested by a few readers. Hence thought of sharing the recipe. The original chicken ghee roast recipes originated in Kundapur which is a town near Mangalore.

Mangalorean food is not new to me. I have grown up savoring Mangalorean food delicacies in the family as well as in family functions, weddings etc. Thanks to my aunt who makes excellent Mangalorean bunt style food at home. Her recipes have been made by us many times adapting to our vegetarian lifestyle.

This recipe of paneer ghee roast is too good. usually paneer ghee roast is dry and served as a starter snack. Here I have made a slight thick gravy since I was serving it with chapatis. Later we had with rice. Both with rice and chapatis the ghee roast tasted great.

If preparing for starter or snack, then you can just cook paneer and nicely pan fry them without adding any water. However, do not cook paneer for too long or else they will become dense.

The kind of red chilies used determines some of the flavor profile in the recipe. Usually a mix of 2 types of chilies are used – the larger variety is low in heat and gives a good color. Second type are chilies which are small in size and hot in nature.

I have used a mix of Kashmiri red chilies and guntur chilies. You can also use just one type of red chili. Though byadagi chilies are used, but instead of these, you can use Kashmiri red chilies. For less spiciness, just use byadagi or Kashmiri red chilies.

red chilies for paneer ghee roast

The taste of the roast to a large extent depends on the type of chilies used. For best results, use either Kashmiri red chilies or byadagi chilies along with guntur chilies. With this combination of red chilies, you do get a spicy and tasty paneer ghee roast. Also follow the recipe exactly using all the ingredients and do not skip any.

For a vegan alternative, you can use tofu and mushrooms instead of paneer. Substitute oil for ghee and cashew curd or almond curd for dairy curd (yogurt). If using mushrooms, then do not marinate for 30 minutes. Just mix with the spice paste and then cook till the mushrooms are done.

Paneer ghee roast can be served as starter snack. you can also serve it as a side dish with chapatis, neer dosa, dal-rice, sambar-rice or veg pulao.

How to make paneer ghee roast

Preparing masala paste

1. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a thick bottomed pan or kadai or a cast iron skillet. Use a well seasoned pan.

ghee to make paneer ghee roast recipe

2. Once the ghee melts, add all the spices – 2 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, ¼ teaspoon whole black pepper, 20 fenugreek seeds, 4 Kashmiri red chillies (or byadagi red chillies) and 2 guntur red chillies (or hot red chillies).

spices to make paneer ghee roast recipe

3. On a low flame stirring often roast the whole spices till they become aromatic. I have used a cast iron griddle and roasted the spices for about 4 minutes. Time will vary with the thickness and material of the pan along with the intensity of the flame.

spices to make paneer ghee roast recipe

4. Take care while roasting, so that the spices do not burn. Ensure that the spices and red chilies are roasted well as we are not going to cook them further much.

spices to make paneer ghee roast recipe

5. Once the spices are roasted well and aromatic, add 3 medium garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon tightly packed tamarind. Mix well and switch off the flame. Let this spice mixture cool.

spices to make paneer ghee roast recipe

6. Take all of the roasted spice mixture in a small grinder jar or chutney grinder.

spices to make paneer ghee roast recipe

7. Add 6 tablespoons water and grind to a smooth paste. Do not make the ground paste too thin. If you make the paste thin, then skip adding water later.

paste for making paneer ghee roast recipe

Marinating paneer

8. Take all of the masala paste in a mixing bowl.

paste for making paneer ghee roast recipe

9. Add 2 tablespoons fresh curd (yogurt) and salt as per taste.

paste for making paneer ghee roast recipe

10. Mix very well.

making paneer ghee roast recipe

11. Next add 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Mix again very well.

making paneer ghee roast recipe

12. Add 200 grams of paneer cubes.

paneer for making paneer ghee roast recipe

13. Gently mix the paneer cubes with the masala so that the paneer cubes are well coated with the masala. Cover the bowl and marinate paneer for 30 to 45 minutes. If keeping for a longer time, then refrigerate.

paneer for making paneer ghee roast recipe

14. In the grinder jar, add ¼ cup water and just swirl the jar, so that the masala paste which is stuck to the sides and bottom of the jar gets mixed with the water. You can also use a spatula or steel spoon to mix. Keep aside.

preparing paneer ghee roast recipe

15. Here’s the marinated paneer after 45 minutes.

marinated paneer for making paneer ghee roast recipe

Making paneer ghee roast

16. Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in the same pan.

ghee for making paneer ghee roast recipe

17. Add ⅓ cup chopped onion. Next add 10 to 12 curry leaves – kept whole or roughly chopped and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

onion for making paneer ghee roast recipe

18. mix very well and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or till the onions turn translucent on a low to medium-low flame.

making paneer ghee roast recipe

19. now add all of the marinated paneer mixture. Also add all the masala scraping the bowl.

paneer for making paneer ghee roast recipe

20. Mix very well.

paneer for making paneer ghee roast recipe

21. Add ½ teaspoon jaggery powder and mix again.

paneer for making paneer ghee roast recipe

22. Add ¼ cup of water.

Mangalorean paneer ghee roast recipe

23. Mix again very well.

paneer ghee roast recipe

24. Simmer the gravy for about 2 minutes on a low to medium-low flame. Do not overcook the paneer as then the cubes will become dense and hard. Once done, then switch off the flame. The paneer ghee roast gravy will thicken and you will see specks of ghee on top.

paneer ghee roast recipe

Serve paneer ghee roast hot garnish with some fried curry leaves or coriander leaves. You can also just serve paneer ghee roast without any garnish. Accompany onion slices and lemon wedges.

paneer ghee roast
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  3. Methi paneer
  4. Chilli paneer
  5. Paneer manchurian

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paneer ghee roast

Paneer Ghee Roast

5 from 7 votes
This is a delicious recipe of Mangalorean style paneer ghee roast.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine Mangalorean, South Indian
Course: Appetizers, Side Dish

Servings 2
Units

Ingredients

for the masala

  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon whole black pepper
  • 20 fenugreek seeds
  • 4 kashmiri red chillies or byadagi red chillies
  • 2 guntur red chillies or hot red chillies
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon tightly packed tamarind , seeds removed
  • 6 tablespoons water for grinding

other ingredients for marination

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh curd (yogurt)
  • 200 grams paneer (cottage cheese) - cut in cubes
  • salt as required

for sauteing

  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • cup chopped onion
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves - kept whole or roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon jaggery powder or add as required
  • salt as required

Instructions

preparing masala paste

  • Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a thick bottomed pan or kadai or a cast iron skillet. Use a well seasoned pan. 
  • Once the ghee melts, add all the spices - 2 teaspoon coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, ¼ teaspoon whole black pepper, 20 fenugreek seeds (methi dana), 4 kashmiri red chillies (or byadagi red chillies) and 2 guntur red chillies (or hot red chillies).
  • On a low flame stirring often roast the whole spices till they become aromatic. 
  • Once the spices are roasted well and aromatic, add 3 medium garlic cloves (lahsun) and 1 teaspoon tightly packed tamarind (imli). Mix well and switch off the flame. Let this spice mixture cool.
  • Take all of the roasted spice mixture in a small grinder jar or chutney grinder.
  • Add 6 tablespoons water and grind to a smooth paste. Do not make the ground paste too thin. If you make the paste thin, then skip adding water later.

marinating paneer

  • Take all of the masala paste in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoon fresh curd (dahi or yogurt), 1 teaspoon lemon juice and salt as per taste.
  • Add 200 grams paneer cubes. Mix very well.
  • Gently mix the paneer cubes with the masala so that the paneer cubes are well coated with the masala.
  • Marinate paneer for 30 to 45 minutes. If keeping for a longer time, then refrigerate.
  • In the grinder jar, add ¼ cup water and just swirl the jar, so that the masala paste which is stuck to the sides and bottom of the jar gets mixed with the water. You can also use a spatula or steel spoon to mix. Keep aside.

making paneer ghee roast

  • Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in the same pan.
  • Add ⅓  cup chopped onions.
  • Next add 10 to 12 curry leaves (kadi patta) - kept whole or roughly chopped and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi).
  • Mix very well and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or till the onions turn translucent on a low to medium-low flame.
  • Now add all of the marinated paneer mixture. Also add all the masala scraping the bowl.
  • Mix very well. Add ½ teaspoon jaggery powder and mix again.
  • Add ¼ cup of masala mixed water or plain water. Mix again very well.
  • Simmer the gravy for about 2 minutes on a low to medium-low flame. Do not overcook the paneer as then the cubes will become dense and hard.
  • Once done, then switch off the flame. The gravy will thicken and you will see specks of ghee on top.
  • Serve paneer ghee roast hot garnish with some fried curry leaves or coriander leaves. You can also just serve paneer ghee roast without any garnish. Accompany onion slices and lemon wedges.

Notes

Tips for making paneer ghee roast

  • You can use tofu and mushrooms instead of paneer.
  • You can substitute oil for ghee and cashew curd or almond curd for dairy curd (yogurt).
  • If using mushrooms, then do not marinate for 30 minutes. Just mix with the spice paste and then cook. No need to add water while cooking mushrooms.
  • Red chilies can be added less or more as per your preferences.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Paneer Ghee Roast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1198 Calories from Fat 837
% Daily Value*
Fat 93g143%
Saturated Fat 55g344%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 236mg79%
Sodium 4775mg208%
Potassium 1288mg37%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 4150IU83%
Vitamin C 597.5mg724%
Calcium 1199mg120%
Iron 11.7mg65%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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17 Comments

  1. Hello Ma’am,

    I am 40 yrs old and had never done cooking in my life till a few days back (when I decided to make Paneer Ghee Roast). Craving desperately for some new food amidst lockdown, my wife recommended your site and I decided to give it a try.

    My family was just bowled over by the dish I made – not just in presentation but the taste as well. Everyone unanimously agreed that it’s way better than the one we get at the restaurant.

    All thanks to you that they liked my food. Your explanation is so simple and clear that anyone can understand. I have even downloaded your app and am eagerly looking forward to cook the next dishes. You are doing a great job. Keep it up.5 stars

    1. Thanks a lot for the super feedback on the recipe. Glad to read and know that the explanation is helpful. Thanks again and happy cooking.

  2. I prepared it… Taste came out nicely… But masala pungent taste was still there so cooked for some more time but paneer became hard… Any suggestions to avoid this5 stars

    1. thanks. paneer ghee roast masala has a pungent taste. alternatively, instead of marinating masala with the paneer, you can saute it after onions are added and then add paneer. so it is better to cook the masala first and then add the paneer. hope this helps.

  3. Really a very tasty recipe, just tastes like a restaurant one. I made mushroom ghee roast as per your your recipe and it came out amazingly yummy.
    Thanks5 stars

    1. Welcome Subbu. Glad to know this. Thanks for sharing this positive feedback. The masala is very good, so it can be used to prepare any veggie ghee roast.

  4. tried this also, tasted godd but the colour wasn’t this orange red mayb bcoz i didn’t have Kashmiri mirch. it was all brown, hai he dhaniya seeds must bw reduced as it was giving a more dhaniya taste.

    1. Pratima, kashmiri red chillies give good color and taste also. Dhaniya has to be roasted well.