Paneer do pyaza is a very tasty vegetarian recipe from India. The key ingredients of this dish are paneer i.e. Indian cottage cheese and onions. Perfect to be served with rice, naan or any other Indian bread.
If you get invited to an Indian house and they know that you are a vegetarian then expect at least one Paneer dish in the meal you are invited for.
What is Paneer?
Paneer is a fresh, unaged, non-melting farmer cheese from India, also known as Indian cottage cheese. It’s the most popular vegetarian ingredient in the Indian subcontinent and you will find a huge variety of Paneer recipes in this region of the world. It’s a very tasty and versatile ingredient and can be used in everything – starters, curries, stir-fries, rice dishes, desserts, salads, bread, sandwiches….. whatever you can imagine.
Meaning of Do Pyaza recipes
In Hindi, ‘Do’ means 2 and pyaza or pyaz means onion. ‘Do pyaza’ here means that onion gets used in this dish in two different forms and stages.
Not only Paneer is cooked in this way, but you will find a variety of do pyaza recipes in India like Chicken do pyaza, mushroom do pyaza, bhindi do pyaza, etc.
Generally, a lot of onions are used in do pyaza recipes. Some of them are used to make an onion-ginger-garlic paste. This paste is used as the base to make do pyaza gravy. Remaining onions are diced, shallow fried and added to the recipe towards the final stage.
It’s also a very easy to make recipe and the only major effort required is in peeling and chopping the onions.
How to serve Paneer do Pyaza?
- Paneer do Pyaza can be served in any major meal of the day. It can be served with naan or any other Indian bread. You can also enjoy it with a simple rice dish like jeera rice.
- This delicious paneer dish can also be wrapped in a roti, tortilla or any other wrap bread, toasted and enjoyed as a tasty vegetarian wrap.
More, Easy Paneer recipes:
More, easy vegeterian Indian recipes:
- Vrat wale aloo (Indian potato curry)
- Gobhi Matar Methi-Indian cauliflower recipe
- Bhindi ki sabzi- Indian okra recipe
- Kerala style pepper mushroom
- Aloo Baingan- vegan & gluten free
- Dry Aloo Matar
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How to make Paneer do pyaza?
Paneer do pyaza
- 3 cups paneer cubes Indian cottage cheese
- 2 red onions 1 large, 1 medium-sized
- 2 medium sized ripe tomatoes
- 5-6 garlic cloves
- A small piece of ginger
- 1-2 green chilies
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder or as per your taste
- 1/2 tablespoon coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kasoori methi dry fenugreek leaves powder
- Salt as per taste
- 1.5 tbsp cooking oil
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1.5 cups water
- Grind one large onion with ginger and garlic to make a smooth paste. Take the paste out in a bowl and keep aside.
- Make a smooth paste of tomatoes and green chilies in the same grinder.
- Peel the medium size onion and separate its layers. Dice the onion layers into medium-sized pieces.
- Heat some oil in a pan and shallow fry the onion pieces till they become translucent. Take them out on a paper towel and keep aside. Shallow fry the paneer cubes in the same pan till they start turning brown. Take them out on a paper towel and keep aside.
- In the same pan, add cumin seeds and let them splutter. You may add some more oil if required. When the cumin seeds stop spluttering, add the onion-garlic paste and fry till it turns golden brown.
- Add salt and all the dry spices except fenugreek leaves and garam masala, saute for a few seconds. If the paste is too dry add around 2 tablespoons of water so that the spices don't get burnt.
- Now add the tomato paste to the pan and fry till the tomatoes turn mushy and are nicely cooked. Once the tomatoes are done, add around 1.5 cups water and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes.
- Next add in the shallow fried paneer, onion cubes and dry fenugreek leaves powder, garam masala. Mix well. Cook for around 1-2 minutes and then switch off the gas.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves or chopped green chilies and thinly sliced ginger. Serve hot with any Indian bread or rice and dal.