Paneer RecipePaneer Lababdar recipe | Side dish for roti

Paneer Lababdar recipe | Side dish for roti

Paneer lababdar is a rich onion tomato based , restaurant style paneer gravy. I have come across this name in Kailash parbat menu card here in Singapore. They have Paneer tikka lababdar in their menu. As i planned to post paneer tikka masala soon, i thought i will try Paneer lababdar and post the recipe. I don’t know the exact recipe but i have noted down a recipe of a paneer gravy from a Cookery show which i watched in Delhi long time back during a holiday. Everyone at home loved the paneer gravy and we had it with peas pulao for a weekend lunch. You can serve this with roti|kulcha too. Though the recipe may look it has many steps but it is quite easy and worth trying too.

Paneer Lababdar

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 35 Mins |Serves: 4-5

     Paneer cubes    1 cup
     Red chili   4-5
     Cashew nuts   8
     Tomato   1 big
     Garlic    5 pods
     Tomato puree   1/4 cup
     Onion   2
     Coriander powder    1/2 tsp
     Jeera powder   1 tsp
     Garam masala   1/4 tsp
     Oil    1 tblsp
     Fresh cream    2 tblsp
     Kasoori methi   2 pinches
     Salt   as needed

Paneer gravy

  • Break the red chili into two and take out the seeds.
  • Soak the cashew nuts and red chili in hot water for 10 minutes.
  • Grind this into a fine paste.
paneer 1
  • Chop the tomatoes into big and peel the skin of the garlic. Cook this for 5 minutes in 1/2 cup of water. If you do not want to add tomato puree in the recipe, add one more tomato now.

paneer 2

  • Chop the onions finely. In a pan add oil and cook the onions till they become nicely brown.

paneer 3

  • Allow this to completely cool.
  • Grind the roasted onions and the cooked tomato and garlic into a fine paste.

paneer 5

  • In a pan add the ground paste and cook in a low flame. Do not keep the flame high as the gravy will splutter. Add the tomato puree.


  • Cook this for a minutes and add the coriander powder, jeera powder and garam masala.
  • Mix well and cook till the raw smell goes.
paneer 7
  • Add the ground red chili and cashew paste now and cook for few minutes.

paneer 8

  • Add the salt and add the paneer cubes.
  • You can roast the paneer in a pan and add too.

paneer 9

  • Add water to adjust the consistency. If you feel the gravy is bit spicy, add 1/2 tsp of sugar to the gravy.
  • Add crushed kasoori methi to this.

paneer 10

  • Add the fresh cream and mix well. Boil for 2 minutes and switch off the flame.
paneer 11
  • Creamy, yummy paneer lababdar is ready to serve.
Paneer lababdar
  1. Instead of grinding the red chili you can add red chili powder to the gravy, while adding the garam masala and other powders.
  2. Instead of adding cream in the last, you can add 1/4 cup of thick milk.

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  1. When I make this recipe, I used bydagi red Chillies while grinding. They are red and wrinkled, and give color but not the spice. So it is the best to use here.

  2. Such a simple recipe to follow and tastes great!
    Grinding the chillies and cashews is Ingenious.
    My mom was under the weather so my dad and I ended up making this for dinner. We had no paneer either so we substituted it with some aloo and capsicum instead. Had a lot of fun and the process was least messy compared to all our kitchen adventures (making Amma aka owner of the entire kitchen extremely grateful :p)

    Thanks Jeyashri Akka!
    Sriram and Sruthi (Aswins cousin)


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