paneer ghee roast
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Paneer Ghee Roast

This is a delicious recipe of Mangalorean style paneer ghee roast.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: appetizers, side
Cuisine: mangalorean, south indian
Diet: vegetarian
Servings: 2
Calories: 1198kcal
Author: Dassana Amit


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


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.


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.


Calories: 1198kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 93g | Saturated Fat: 55g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 236mg | Sodium: 4775mg | Potassium: 1288mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 4150IU | Vitamin C: 597.5mg | Calcium: 1199mg | Iron: 11.7mg