paneer lababdar recipe, restaurant style paneer lababdar recipe

paneer lababdar recipe with step by step photos – easy to prepare restaurant style delicious paneer lababdar recipe.

paneer lababdar, paneer lababdar recipe

paneer lababdar is a popular paneer gravy dish and can be found on the menu of many restaurants. this recipe is more punjabi style than mughlai style with the use of onions, tomatoes, cashews and spices.

the gravy is creamy, mildly tangy and faintly sweet. being somewhat rich, this dish is good enough to be made on festive or special occasions.

paneer labadar goes very well with rotis, naans or pudina paratha or chapatis. also this creamy gravy can be served with jeera rice or vegetable pulao.

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paneer lababdar recipe

4.78 from 83 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:40 mins
Total Time:1 hr
Course:main course
Cuisine:north indian,punjabi
Calories: 316kcal
Servings (change the number to scale):4
paneer lababdar recipe
paneer lababdar is a popular paneer gravy dish and can be found on the menu of many restaurants.

INGREDIENTS FOR paneer lababdar recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for the tomato-cashew paste

  • 250 grams ripe red tomatoes - chopped or 1.5 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 10 to 12 cashews (kaju)
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) - chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic (lahsun) - chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 green cardamom (chotti elachi)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)

remaining ingredients for paneer lababdar

  • 200 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 2 tablespoon grated paneer
  • 100 grams onion Or ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch) - slit
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder) or deghi mirch or kashmiri red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ¼ cup low fat cream - 25% to 35% fat
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - crushed
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon butter to be added later (optional)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar or add as required
  • 1 or 1.25 cups water
  • salt as required

for garnish:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) - julienne

HOW TO MAKE paneer lababdar recipe

preparing paste for paneer lababdar

  • take 1.5 cups chopped tomatoes, 10 to 12 cashews, 1/2 inch chopped ginger, 2 to 3 garlic (chopped), 1 green cardamom, 2 cloves and 1/2 cup water in a small pan. use tomatoes which are not too tangy or sour.
  • switch on flame and simmer this mixture on a low flame.
  • cook till the tomatoes are softened. if the water dries up and the tomatoes are not softened, then add about 2 to 3 tbsp water and continue to cook.
  • allow this mixture to become warm or cool completely and add to a grinder or blender jar.
  • grind to a smooth paste without any cahsews or tomato chunks or pieces. you may add some water if required while grinding. keep this ground tomato-cashew-spices paste aside.

making paneer lababdar

  • heat 2 tbsp butter in pan or kadai/wok. add 1 tej patta and saute for a couple of seconds.
  • add 1/2 cup finely chopped onions. stir well.
  • then continue to saute as well as stir and cook till the onions become light golden or golden.
  • then add the tomato-cashew-spices paste. the mixture will splutter if there is water in it, so be careful. stir very well.
  • add 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder and 1/2 tsp red chili powder.
  • stir and saute this masala. you will see the masala clumping and gathering around itself.
  • saute till you see fat leaving the sides of the masala paste.
  • then add 1 cup water. stir very well.
  • add 1 or 2 slit green chilies.
  • stir and allow the gravy to come to a simmer. then season with salt and sugar.
  • add 200 grams paneer which have been cubed. also add 2 tbsp grated paneer.
  • stir and simmer the paneer lababdar gravy for about a minute.
  • then sprinkle 1 tsp kasuri methi which has been crushed along with 1/4 tsp garam masala. stir very well again and simmer for a minute
  • lastly add the low fat cream. switch off the flame & stir very well. you can also add 1 tbsp butter at this step. this is optional.
  • garnish paneer lababdar with chopped coriander leaves and ginger julienne. serve with chapatis, tandoori rotis or naan. paneer lababdar also goes well with jeera rice or veg pulao.
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preparation for paneer lababdar recipe

1. take 1.5 cups chopped tomatoes, 10 to 12 cashews, ½ inch chopped ginger, 2 to 3 garlic (chopped), 1 green cardamom, 2 cloves and ½ cup water in a small pan. use tomatoes which are not too tangy or sour.

ingredients for paneer lababdar recipe

2. switch on flame and simmer this mixture on a low flame.

mixture for paneer lababdar recipe

3. cook till the tomatoes are softened. if the water dries up and the tomatoes are not softened, then add about 2 to 3 tbsp water and continue to cook. when i cooked, almost all the water was evaporated.

tomatoes for paneer lababdar recipe

4. allow this mixture to become warm or cool completely and add to a grinder or blender jar.

making paste for paneer lababdar recipe

5. grind to a smooth paste. there should not be any cashews or tomato chunks in the paste. you may add some water if required while grinding. keep this ground tomato-cashew-spices paste aside.

paste for paneer lababdar recipe

making paneer lababdar

6. heat 2 tbsp butter in pan or kadai/wok.

butter for paneer lababdar recipe

7. add 1 tej patta and saute for a couple of seconds.

tej patta for paneer lababdar recipe

8. add ½ cup finely chopped onions.

onions for paneer lababdar recipe

9. stir well.

onions for paneer lababdar recipe

10. then continue to saute as well as stir and cook till the onions become light golden or golden.

sauting onions for paneer lababdar recipe

11. then add the tomato-cashew-spices paste. the mixture will splutter if there is water in it, so be careful.

paste for paneer lababdar recipe

12. stir very well.

stir paneer lababdar masala

13. add ½ tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp coriander powder and ½ tsp red chili powder.

spices for paneer lababdar recipe

14. stir and saute this masala. you will see the masala clumping and gathering around itself.

sauting paneer lababdar masala

15. saute till you see fat leaving the sides of the masala paste.

sauting paneer lababdar masala

16. then add 1 cup water.

water for paneer lababdar recipe

17. stir very well.

stir paneer lababdar recipe

18. add 1 or 2 slit green chilies.

chilies in paneer lababdar recipe

19. stir and allow the gravy to come to a simmer.

simmer paneer lababdar recipe

20. then season with salt.

salt for paneer lababdar recipe

21. add sugar. i added ½ tsp of sugar but you can add as per your taste.

paneer for paneer lababdar recipe

21. add 200 grams paneer which have been cut into cubes or squares. also add 2 tbsp grated paneer. here i used fresh homemade paneer. if using frozen paneer, then keep it in warm water for some minutes and then slice as well as grate.

paneer for paneer lababdar recipe

22. stir and simmer the gravy for about a minute.

simmer paneer lababdar curry

23. then sprinkle 1 tsp kasuri methi which has been crushed along with ¼ tsp garam masala powder. stir very well again and simmer for a minute.

kasuri methi for paneer lababdar recipe

24. add ¼ cup low fat cream.

cream for paneer lababdar recipe

25. switch off the flame & stir very well. you can also add 1 tbsp butter at this step or dot the gravy with butter while serving. this is optional.

paneer lababdar gravy recipe

26. garnish paneer lababdar with chopped coriander leaves and ginger julienne. serve paneer lababdar with chapatis, tandoori rotis or naan or paratha. paneer lababdar also goes well with jeera rice or veg pulao.

paneer lababdar recipe


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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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225 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Ma’am
    I have tried many of your recipes and they come out really delicious.
    I tried paneer lababdar today. It was too good!
    This is one site which I can trust for every recipe.

    Thank you and much love 💕5 stars

  2. . sab recipes aapki main try karti . Aur sab recipes wow and delicious hoti hai
    Thank you so much5 stars

  3. The dish turned out to be very tasteful.
    I made it on my husbands demand and he was very happy after having it.
    Thank you so much.5 stars

  4. Hi I really like your recepies. This is my favorite site from where I can follow recipes without any second thought. You deserve all the five stars in a row.

  5. Hi,I tried your this Paneer recipe & it came out so good.My kids just loved it.
    I was wondering if you can give the exact ratio of everything for 30 people.5 stars

    • thanks neha for this feedback and review. in the recipe card, just increase the servings to 30 people and you will get the ingredient proportions to be used accordingly.

  6. Thank you so much for the wonderful restaurant style recipe. As soon as my kids had their first bite, they said wow very yummy Mumma, it’s like restaurant paneer. Superb and continue posting wonderful recipes.5 stars

    • that is so nice. thanks for sharing this lovely review on paneer lababdar. glad to know that your kids loved the recipe. i have already added many recipes on the blog and will continue to add them.

  7. Hello madam,
    As usual ur recipes are more than perfect.. Thanks to the detailed descriptions and pics every dish I try goes well..
    I have recently shifted out of India so need small help, what can I use instead of kasuri methi.. Also in rasgulla, or any Chena recipe which milk can be used, here I get 0.5%,1.5% and 3.5%fat milk.. Totally confused.. Plz help4 stars

  8. I am your huge huge fan. All your recipes are hit in my family!!
    I never loved cooking but loved tasty food…and your recipe inspire me to cook.5 stars

  9. Excellent recipe. i included the onions in the blender as preferred by my family.
    thanks Dassana for another amazing recipe.

  10. Too good and easy recipe 🙂 have already made this 3 to 4 times and it’s too yummy every time , even better than what many restaurants serve these days! Thanks a lot !

  11. Tried this recipe. It came out really tasty just like the ones we have in restaurants. My family loved it. Tried many recipes from Veg Recipes of India. They all turn out to be very good. Keep up the good work.5 stars

  12. This paneer lababdar recipe proved to be a hit with my family. My family thinks that i am a good cook but they don’t know all i do is follow the recipe. Thanks for sharing.5 stars

  13. Quite interesting and varied, Thnx…will try soon as I have some paneer to use but my 1st use will be with spinach….

  14. Really a very delicious paneer dish and like the name suggests truly restaurant style. We just loved it! Of course it is heavy. I avoided the cream at the end but the tasted just perfect even without it.
    Thank you so much for such delicious and easy to follow recipes.5 stars

  15. Never fails to impress !! I made paneer lababdar for the 3rd time on demand… always a hit in all occasions.5 stars

  16. Hi dasssana amit
    First of all I want thank u for the wonderful recipe.its just superb hope u post more delicious recipes in future.5 stars

  17. I made this recipe yesterday and it was the one of the best paneer sabzis me or my family has eaten whether at home or outside. Thanks a lot! 😀5 stars

  18. Hi, I am a great fan of you recipes .I wanted to know the difference between cream and Malai. Can malai be used instead of cream in all the recipes that call for its use?Are you using Amul fresh cream pack?
    thanks in advance5 stars

    • Welcome Riya. Thanks for your kind words. Malai is the clotted cream which collects on the top of the milk. the cream that we get outside is basically malai only, which has been whipped lightly. I am using amul fresh cream pack. You can use malai but just beat it well so that it has a smooth consistency and then you add.

  19. hello ma’am..I made this today for guests and it turned out to be super hit at my place.. thank you so much for such wonderful recipes..I made chocolate muffins and orange muffins too.. my husband says that i make very good muffins and that’s all brevity of you.. your mushroom recipe has become my husband’s favourite..I also made urad daal vada on holi and it turned out to be very soft and tasty..once again thank you very much..after learning so much from you, my husband says I should open a cookery class..all because of you..thank you for such wonderful. and super easy to make recipes

    • Welcome Trisha. Glad to know this. Thanks for your positive feedback. Do open a cooking class. it does help. it will help you in creativity as well as financially. All the best.

  20. Hi Dassana,

    I tried with the tomato purée, but it was a bit too sour ? Do you recommend any alterations to it??

    Thanks.

  21. Hi Dassana,

    This is a lovely recipe! I’ve tried this before. Just to make my job easier, can I use ready tomato purée for this? If yes, then how should I go about it? Please let me know. Thanks.