Panner Gravy

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It’s surprisingly subtle in its tangy spicing but it’s impossible to stop at one serving, the sunflower seeds and almonds adds a creamy texture to the sauce and especially if there’s some soft bread around to mop up the sauce.  The best part is it can easily be converted to vegan by just swaping paneer with tofu and milk with almond/coconut milk: cubed firm or extra-firm tofu does the job perfectly!

Yields-3-4 servings
Preparation time-15 minutes
Cooking time-20-25 minutes


  • Herbed Paneer ~ 250gms (home made recipe)
  • Oil-1tsp
  • Cumin seeds-1tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Kasoori methi-1tsp
  • Turmeric-1/2tsp
  • Chilli powder-1tsp
  • Coriander powder-1tsp
  • Semi skimmed Milk-1/2-3/4cup (adjust as per the consistency)

For the sauce/gravy:

  • Coarsely chopped onion-1medium
  • Tomatoes-4 medium
  • Sunflower seeds-2-3tbsp
  • Almonds-6-8
  • Cardamom-2
  • Clove-3-4
  • Cinnamon-1 inch stick
  • Garlic-2-3cloves
  • Ginger-2inch (peeled and chopped)
  • Oil-1tsp

For garnishing:

  • Chopped fresh cilantro/coriander

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Preparation step:

  • Soak almonds, sunflower seeds in 1/4cup water for 30-40minutes.

For the sauce/gravy:

  • Heat oil in a pan and add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, garlic and saute for few seconds or minute.
  • Now add onion, tomato and saute for until onions and tomatoes are cooked.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool down.
  • Meanwhile blend the soaked almond and sunflower seeds until smooth paste and set aside.
  • Now in the same jar add the sauted onion, tomato and puree until smooth by adding some water while blending.

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Toasting Paneer:

Home made panner used

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  • Heat a non-stick pan and toast the paneer cubes until golden brown on all sides , transfer on to the plate and set aside. (I havnt used any oil here, feel free to drizzle some if required)

For the gravy:

  • Heat oil in the think bottomed pan and add cumin seeds, add onion tomato puree, almond-sunflower seeds paste and cook for 2-3minutes or until slightly thickens.
  • Now add dry ingredients- turmeric, coriander, chilli powder, salt and continue to cook for 2-3minutes.
  • Add milk and sauted paneer and simmer for 8-10minutes or until the paneer is coated well with the sauce and turn off the heat.
  • Stir in some kasuri methi and finally garnish with fresh cilantro/coriander.

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Serve with

Kulchas made with whole wheat and Oats

Mint Kulcha final

Lacha Parathas made with whole wheat and oats


Methi Rotis made with multigrains atta/flour

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  • Spices can be personalised as per the taste
  • Store bought paneer can also be used

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on March 28, 2016, in Indian. Bookmark the permalink. 57 Comments.

  1. I’ll be making this. Looks fantastic.


  2. I have also been experimenting with seeds and nuts to achieve the creaminess. I love the texture they impart.


  3. looks great and delicious….vw

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  4. Reblogged this on Recipe Dreams.


  5. Very nice! I had to look up paneer, as it is not available in the U.S. (at least where I live).

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    • Oh thatz bad…. here in Uk we find it in all indian Stores and even in supermarkets. …..i have home made paneer recipe -can share it if ypu would love to try… just similar to other cheese recipes…. or you can even find for cottage cheese cubes …

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  6. Paneer gravy looks droolicious 🙂

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  7. Lovely Curry! Yumm


  8. Lovely!! I like the nuts and seeds in the gravy, I’ll be trying this for sure 🙂


  9. I’m sending Jackie the link to this. She’ll love it


  10. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  11. Simple, flavorful and tasty recipe Chitra !

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  12. This sounds so fragrant and mouth-wateringly good!

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  13. Never added sunflower seeds.. that’s very interesting. Between yummylicious spread.

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  14. Sounds healthy as well as tasty Chitra! Paneer Curry looks tempting.

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  15. I am feeling hungry after seeing your post…nice

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  16. I love paneer, and yours looks so delicious Chitra 🙂 Love the different options you’ve shown that it can be served with.

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  17. An all time favourite!!…Lovely share dear!!

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  18. This gravy looks so creamy and delicious!

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  19. This sure looks tasty Chitra!

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  20. Very interesting recipe ! I think I would eat the gravy with some garlic naan :p

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  21. This sounds really delicious Chitra – I will have to check out your homemade version of paneer. I see it used in so many recipes 🙂

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