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Pudina Paneer for Picnic

Pudina (Mint) from our Patio Garden

Pudina Paneer has the perfect punch to serve with pulaos and parathas on a picnic party. It’s good with grilled chicken and fish too.

Recipe is easy to execute. Involves grilling and grinding.

Grilling :
On stove-top or on a hot grill, place a slab of paneer and grill each side for a minute. Remove, cool and slice the paneer slab to bite sized cubes.
On stove-top or on a grill, place an iron skillet and heat the oil until it’s very hot. Add and saute Pudina leaves till they wilt. Remove to a plate.
In the same skillet, place onions, tomatoes, garlic and green chillies. Grill to brown.

In a food processor or mixer, take roasted peanuts. Grind to fine consistency.
Add the sautéed Pudina leaves, grilled onions, tomatoes, garlic and green chillies. Also tamarind, salt and two cups of water. Process the whole thing to smooth paste. Remove to a cup. Stir in grilled paneer cubes and serve with pulao or parathas.

Pudina Paneer ~ for Picnic Party

Palm sized, one-inch thick slab of paneer (about 15 to 20 cubes)
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 bunches of Pudina (mint) – about 4 cups of leaves
1 big red onion
2 semi ripe tomatoes
6 to 8 green chillies
1 small garlic bulb – about 4-6 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon tamarind pulp
½ cup roasted peanuts
½ tsp salt or to taste

Recipe source: My own creation

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Mint,Paneer,Peanuts (Wednesday July 4, 2007 at 9:32 pm- permalink)
Comments (19)

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  1. That looks yummy,I bought a slab of paneer today and this one looks really tempting. Will try it out over the weekend.

    Comment by Priya — July 4, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

  2. This is a very ‘Hatke’:) and innovative recipe for Pudina Paneer. This tops my ‘must try recipes from Mahanandi’list and I have lots of Pudina growing in my garden. Thanks Indira.

    Comment by madhuli — July 4, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

  3. That sounds like a super hit of a combination!
    Thanks for a great recipe.

    Comment by Laavanya — July 5, 2007 @ 6:31 am

  4. wow!!!pudhina and panner ..excellent pic ..Nice recipe..Yummy one

    Comment by Deepa — July 5, 2007 @ 6:46 am

  5. Yummy…. pudina is my favorite herb…I love this recipe..

    Comment by spandana — July 5, 2007 @ 6:46 am

  6. My phudina is finally growing! I think I’ll have to try this, I love both mint and paneer. You can name this “Hariyali Paneer”…. 🙂

    Comment by trupti — July 5, 2007 @ 9:54 am

  7. Indira, this looks soooo yummy, bookmarked to try…. amazing combination paneer and mint.. wow…

    Comment by Dumela — July 5, 2007 @ 10:19 am

  8. Lovely one, Indira. i definitely am gonna try it. Pudina and paneer go so well. In our village, the halwai usually makes paneer pakoras by spreading some pudina chutney between two thin slices of paneer and then deep frying it after dipping it it besan batter.

    Comment by musical — July 5, 2007 @ 10:56 am

  9. Beautiful grill marks on paneer. I like the way they are floating on that rich peanutty sauce. Excellent photo!

    Comment by Suganya — July 5, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

  10. gorgeous pic of pudina paneer. never knew u can make some paneer dish so easily:)

    Comment by sia — July 5, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

  11. What a coincidence, I made the same dish on Saturday for our friends and we ate sitting in our backyard in the night. Nice pictures.

    Comment by Lata — July 5, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

  12. Nice recipe Indira. I make the same without the paneer and eat it with sankati and it tastes great. Will definitely try it out with paneer.

    Comment by Shashi — July 5, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

  13. I like your creation, I will use this sauce to as a dip for panneer kebab skewers for my housewarming BBQ.

    Comment by freshma — July 5, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

  14. Hey all, happy to read your nice comments on this recipe. Thanks!

    Hi Musical, I love paneer pakoras prepared in the style you have mentioned. So delectable! There is a restaurant in Seattle “Preet’s” is the name, they serve most delicious, fresh tasting paneer pakoras.

    Comment by Indira — July 5, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

  15. Indira, i’m a big fan of pudina.i wanted to grow it and tried with pudina seeds from k-mart, but no plants germinated. Ur plant looks so fresh, where did u get it? also which variety pudina is suitable for indian cooking?

    Hi Prathima,
    I bought fresh mint from grocery shop and picked 4 strong stemmed ones, cut near where it shoots off a root, (kanupu in Telugu) and planted them in soil. Out of 4 stems, 3 took roots and now thriving. I usually follow this method to grow mint and always had success.
    Hope this helps.
    – Indira

    Comment by prathima — July 5, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

  16. You might want to ward off the evil eye, over that pudina plant, Indira. She’s such a beauty…

    Comment by Kay — July 11, 2007 @ 1:50 pm

  17. Hello Indira,

    I love your blog and all the recipes. I was searching for an easy paneer recipe for a dinner In was hosting on a weekday and came across your pudina paneer. It is a simple recipe and tasted just amazing… My guests loved it and so did hubby dear. We had some curry leftover and I thickened the gravy and mashed the paneer and made that into stuffed parathas… hmmmmm yummy. They came out really well. Thanks for the recipe!!

    Comment by Deepika — July 17, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

  18. I just made this yesterday and it came out AMAZING! I followed the recipe exactly! It even looked like your picture! It’s definitely a nice change from the usual shahi paneer and saag paneer. Thanks!

    Comment by Vani — January 16, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  19. Wow…all your recipes sound so good. I have a quick question…I love spicy foods, but my family cannot handle much spice. Should I cut the chilis in 1/2? I do want the meal to have a punch, but not too spicy at the same time. What do you suggest? Thank you!! I look forward to making this!!!

    Comment by Risha — May 28, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

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