In India, cottage cheese(paneer) is a very popular substitute for non-vegetarian dishes. Too often I prepare paneer using the same spices and gravy that I use for cooking non-veg dishes! Eateries also follow the same principle where a paneer version of most of the exotic non-veg dishes is also available.
Paneer is my personal favourite. I can have it in any form and at any time of the day! So, its but obvious that I would love to experiment with this dairy product.
A few days back I posted a recipe of chicken and mushroom combo which I innovated applying my own thought and imagination. It turned out to be a very unique and delicious recipe. So, I thought why not prepare the vegetarian version of the same recipe using cottage cheese instead of chicken with necessary modifications.
For hardcore non-vegetarians, cottage cheese can never replace meat. But vegetarians would surely enjoy this simple yet mouth-watering dish.
Mushroom no doubt goes well with chicken, but it gels very well with paneer too and in fact complements each other to enhance the taste of the preparation.
Health benefits of cottage cheese are indisputable. Paneer is rich in calcium and contains loads of vitamin B. Rich in proteins it is also known to boost weight loss. Research shows that cottage cheese prevents breast cancer and is good for pregnant and lactating women.
Nutrition value of mushrooms needs no emphasis. All types of edible mushrooms contain varying degrees of proteins and fibre. It also contains B vitamins as well as a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues. In particular, white button mushrooms are one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin D.
So, my today’s post is an endeavor to create magic with these two nutritious ingredients along with some readily available sauces and regular spices!
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy
PREPARATION TIME: 20 min
COOKING TIME: 30 min, approx.
- Paneer/Cottage cheese- 200 gm
- Mushroom- 150 gm
- Onion- 1 large
- Garlic- 2-3 pods
- Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tbsp.
- Tomato puree- 4 tbsp.
- Pasta sauce- 2 tbsp.
- Tomato sauce- 2 tbsp.
- Mayonnaise- 1 tsp
- Black pepper powder- 1 tsp
- Oregano powder- 1 tsp
- Red chilli flakes- ¼ tsp
- Salt- to taste
- Lemon juice- 2 tsp
- Olive oil or refined oil- 3 tbsp.+ 1 tbsp.
- Butter- 1 tbsp.
Marinate paneer pieces with lime juice, 1tbsp ginger- garlic paste, ¼ tsp salt and ¼ tsp black pepper for ½ hr.
Chop onion and garlic into small pieces.
Clean mushroom thoroughly and chop lengthwise into slices.
Put 1 tbsp. oil in a non-stick pan and sauté the mushroom for 2-3 min and keep aside.
Put 3 tbsp. + 1tbsp butter in the same pan.
Add chopped garlic and sauté.
Add chopped onion and fry till it turns translucent.
Add the marinated paneer pieces and fry on high heat for a few minutes.
Reduce the heat and put the lid on the pan and cook on a slow flame.
Add the sautéed mushrooms.
Add the tomato puree and mix well.
Add pasta sauce (store-bought or homemade) and stir well.
Add 1 tsp mayonnaise and tomato sauce and mix well.
Add black pepper and salt and give it a nice stir to coat the chicken and mushroom well with the gravy. Add some water (very less) if the gravy is too thick.
Sprinkle Oregano and chilli flakes and keep it covered for at least 10 min.
Serve hot with MULTIGRAIN BREAD or steamed rice and enjoy the simple yet delicious paneer-mushroom combo!
It’s a pretty simple yet delightful recipe without any hidden secrets.
Homemade pasta sauce would be a good substitute for the store-bought one.
As far as tomato puree is concerned, I prefer the readymade one because of its colour and thickness.
If you want to cut down on calories you can discount the use of butter. Though the addition of butter definitely elevates the taste of the preparation.
I use homemade cottage cheese to avoid adulteration especially during the prolonged lockdowns as it was more convenient than to depend on store-bought one! Plus, while setting paneer/cottage cheese I use skimmed milk thus cutting on the calorie count!
Simple ingredients and simple method resulting in a satisfying and splendid dish describe my today’s recipe! Try it out and give me a suggestion to improve the recipe further! Thanks in advance!