Paneer Lababdar

Paneer cubes are cooked in spicy onion-tomato and fresh cream gravy makes a delicious Paneer Lababdar. It is rich, creamy and delicious gravy. Most of the restaurants have this wonderful dish in their menu. Also this is a popular dish in Punjabi Cuisine. "Lababdar" means "Strong desire for something and indulge to fulfill the desire. This name suits this dish so much that we indulge to give our taste buds an ultimate treat!

Paneer Lababdar
Paneer Lababdar

Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time15 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Recipe CategoryVeg Gravies
Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

Paneer Lababdar
Paneer Lababdar

Paneer200gms, cubed
Onion1, finely chopped
Turmeric Powder1/4 Teaspoon 
Red Chilli Powder1 Teaspoon
Cumin Powder1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Powder 1 teaspoon
Garam Masala1/2 teaspoon
Kasoori Methi1 Tablespoon
Fresh Cream1 Tablespoon
Oil / Butter3 Tablespoon 

For Cashew Paste
 Cashew2 Tablespoon

For Tomato Paste:
Cinnamon1" Piece
Green Chilli2
Garlic Cloves 2
Ginger1" Piece

Paneer Lababdar
Paneer Lababdar
  1. Bring 1 Cup of water to boil. Add cashews and boil for 5 mins. After 5 mins, switch off the flame. Cool the cashews and grind it to a fine paste and set it aside
  2. Again bring 2 cups of water to boil. Add whole garam masalas, ginger, garlic, green chili and tomato and boil for 5 mins. After 5 mins, switch off the flame. Cool the ingredients and grind it to a fine paste and set it aside
  3. Heat oil / butter in a pan. Add onions and sauté the onions till translucent. 
  4. Next we need to add the tomato-spice paste. Add turmeric power and salt and allow the tomato mixture to cook in low flame till the oil oozes out
  5. Then, add red chili powder, cumin and coriander powder and mix well
  6. Now, we need to add the cashew paste. Add water and adjust the gravy consistency 
  7. Add Paneer cubes to the pan and give a good mix. Crush the kasoori methi and mix well
  8. Bring it to boil and boil for couple of minutes and then switch off the flame
  9. Finally add fresh cream and stir the gravy so that the cream gets blended with the gravy. The cream is optional but surely it adds a nice flavor  and taste to the whole dish
  10. The scrumptious Paneer Lababdar now ready to serve! Serve with Roti / Naan and enjoy the wonderful dish!
  11. Paneer Lababdar
    Paneer Lababdar

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