Paneer Parmesan

Burrr!! Writing blog entries in this blissful Delhi Winter has been a task. Our last entry was a couple of weeks ago and it has been a relatively longer break. It's not like we have not been cooking and experimenting, but taking ones hands out of the quilt to type and process pictures has seemed like a task. But we have finally come over it and would be posting a few recipes in the next few days!

Now back to food - This recipe is completely original. The genesis was again cooking something for a home party which included a very dear friend who is a voracious paneer eater - Priyanka Garg. Now most North Indians love to eat paneer but Priyanka is a different breed, what with her preference for paneer in dishes like rajma and daal !! So we needed to come up with something that would have loads of paneer. When we were thinking of which cuisine to make, we realized that we haven't yet cooked an Italian dishes with paneer. So this prompted us to try cooking a tomatoey dish with slight parmesan flavours.

This has been one successful dish and we have made it for several occasions. Do try!


250g paneer (cottage cheese) - cut in cubes / rectangles
1 cup red and yellow bell peppers - cut in squares
2 onions - chopped 
1 bulb garlic, finely chopped
2 tomatoes - grated
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp  grated parmesan cheese and a little for garnishing
1/2 tsp sugar
Spice mix to taste - Oregano, salt and white pepper, red chilli flakes


1. Sauté the garlic in a bit of olive oil (about 1 tbsp)

2. Add the onions and sauté till light golden - brown

3. Add the grated tomatoes and the purée. Cook for about 10 minutes till most of the water evaporates.

4. Add the bell peppers and cook for another 5 minutes till the peppers are soft

5. Add the sugar and spices (aha! sounds nice)

6. Finally add the paneer and cook for another 5 minutes to coat the cubes nicely. You may want to add a bit of water if the mixture is too dry to cook and mix. But just a little since this is supposed to be served like a dry starter.

7. Add the parmesan cheese and mix well.

8. Plate the dish and add a bit of parmesan cheese on top before serving


  1. Amazing! I love Italian food and I love Indian food. This is going to go great with homemade garlic bread

  2. Thanks Healing Tomato. That's a nice accompaniment idea

  3. I came across your blog while looking for some Indian food recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye out for all your recipes :)



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