Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Paneer lababdar, How to prepare restaurant style paneer lababdar

Paneer lababdar is famous North Indian paneer curry which is creamy, aromatic, bit sweet and spicy curry. "Lababdar" - means  a strong  desire for something and a desire to indulge in it" (information from google). It's been one of my favourite paneer recipes from my early days of cooking. I tasted this paneer lababdar with butter naans in one of the North Indian restaurant @Bhuvaneswar. I  fell in love with that  red silky, creamy and smooth texture of gravy with grated paneer and paneer pieces. Do not be scared of its name, just feel the taste of the curry😍😋. 

 Though we feel that the process is same as other gravy paneer curries, but trust me the gravy taste different more red silky and smooth. For this we boil tomato and other spices in water and grind it to smooth paste. Prepare this delicious gravy recipe for any parties at home with any flavoured rice items like -  Jeera rice, peas pulaoCarrot riceKashmiri Pulao or even we can also have with parathas like Lachha parathas, naans. Today I had this with Jeera rice ðŸ˜‹. 

Paneer Lababdar

Preparation Time : 15 minutes
Cook Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 3 to 4 /1 bowl 
Category : Paneer Recipes
Recipe Cuisine: North Indian
Main ingredients : Paneer
Author : ArunaSarasChandra


Paneer  - 150 gms

For gravy

Tomato - 3(normal size)
Cashew nuts - 7
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Garlic - 3 to 4
Elachi - 2
Cloves - 2
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1 cup

For paneer lababdar

Butter - 2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Onion - 1 cup(finely chopped)
Bay leaf - 1
Cinnamon stick  - 1 inch
Green chilli - 1
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 3/4 tsp
Kasuri Methi - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 3 tsp
Fresh cream/ malai/ megada - 1/2  to 3/4rth cup
Salt as per taste


1) If paneer is in freezer keep it out, let it comes room temperature. Cut paneer into cubes. Keep some paneer aside for grating in gravy.

2) Add few drops of oil on non - tick pan and slightly fry paneer, take it into plate and keep it aside. (*check tip)

3)heat a pan with few drops of oil and add elachi, cloves fry it for a second. Then add tomato pieces, ginger, garlic and cashew nuts fry it for a second. 

4) Now add 1 cup of water to the above. 

5) Let the above boil. 

6) boil till water evaporates and tomatoes becomes smooth. Let it cool and take it into mixer jar and grind it to smooth paste. 

7)  Add 1 tsp of butter + oil into heat pan and then add Cinnamon stick,bay leaf, green chilli, fry it for a second. 

8) Then add onions and fry till it changes ( Here I missed adding onions I directly added spices. So I fried onion separately, but i will guide you in a proper way 🤗)

9) Now add turmeric, coriander, red chilli powder to the above and saute everything well. 

10) Now add prepared tomato paste to the above. 

11) Mix the above well, then add crushed kasuri Methi. 

12)  Mix everything well and fry it till oil oozes out as shown below. 

13) Once gravy becomes thick then add 1 cup of water. (gravy will be in good red color )

14) Mix the above water and gravy well and then add required amount of salt. 

15) Also add garam masala powder to the above. 

16) Mixeverything well and add fried paneer cubes. 

17) Grate paneer into the above. 

18) Then add fresh cream to the above. 

19) Mix the above smoothly, if need adjust water accordingly( *check tip). And cook it on low flames for 5 to 7 minutes and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. 

Delicious, creamy and smooth paneer lababdar is ready to serve 😋😋. Add 1 tsp of Butter  and grate paneer on  gravy before serving it gives good taste and looks awsome too 👌👌. 

As I mentioned I had this paneer lababdar with Jeera rice. It's very good  combination, must try it and enjoy your day with your friends and family 😍❤️. 


* Adjust spices accordingly. 

* we can also add onions in gravy preparation(step - 3) . For that you need to fry onion with other ingredients and then add water.  Otherwise gravy flavour will change. 


**  Paneer lababdar gravy tastes rich when we grate paneer in it. If you forgot to keep some paneer aside, no probs still gravy taste  delicious. 

** We can also prepare it in no onion, no garlic catogery.

** Fry paneer on non - stick otherwise it will stick to pan. 

** Frying paneer is optional, paneer tends to be so smooth it will break easily so we fry it lightly. 

** Gravy becomes thick quickly after preparation. If you are planning to serve lately then adjust water and heat it once. Do not mix roughly, paneer will break. 

** Add butter and grate paneer on gravy before serving in order to give restaurant paneer lababdar look 😍🤗. 

Also ckeck other paneer curries, gravies and pulao/biryani recipes by clicking the link below the pic.. 

              Malai Matar paneer

     Hyderabadi Mirchi ka salan

               Punjabi Dum aloo

                              Kaju curry

               paneer butter masala

                          Kadai Paneer

                      khova paneer 

          Stuffed paneer capsicum

                      Jeera rice

                         Carrot Rice

                             Peas Pulao

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