Zaffrani Paneer - Rich paneer gravy, side dish for roti

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Monday, April 30, 2018

The last day of Explore the Flavors, i m ending it with a rich and luscious paneer gravy. I started the marathon with a humble dish Poha and today it is rich and luxurious zaffron/saffron. I planned to do a flatbread with zaffron, but then there is something else coming up in September, if at all i m participating i needed that time, so i postponed it and proceeded with a gravy. I planned to do a potato and cauliflower gravy with zaffron, but then hubby prefers paneer gravy, so i changed it to zaffron paneer!
It was one rich gravy and the suttle aroma of saffron was scintillating. Hubby prefered it to be little more spicy, so next time i might pep up the heat a bit. It paired so well with hot roti's and my elder one relished that gravy. It is a perfect dish for lunch box and also for any party. Do try it and let me know how you liked it.
Here is the list of lunch box dishes i did this week. Will post a round up of all the themes i covered during Explore the flavors in a day or 2.

250 grams of paneer
2 medium sized onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 inch piece of ginger
2 nos green chilies
5 nos cashewnuts
1/4 tsp garam masala
2 generous pinches of saffron
1/4 cup thick yogurt

For the spice powder
4-5 nos red chilies
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • If using frozen paneer, remove the paneer from the freezer and keep it outside before you start making the curry.
  • In a pan,  heat oil, add chopped onions, green chilies, garlic and ginger and saute until onions turn translucent. Add cashewnuts to it and saute for a minute and take it off the heat.
  • Let it cool completely. Add 1/4 cup of water and grind it to fine paste. Take the ingredients listed under spice powder in a mixer and grind it to a fine powder.
  • In another sauce pan, heat oil, add the ground paste, saute for a minute. Now add the ground powder to this and mix well.
  • Let the mixture cook in a medium flame for a minute or two. To this add whisked curd and 1/4 cup of water, salt and a generous pinch of saffron. Mix well and let this cook for 5-8 minutes.
  • The gravy will start thickening. Add paneer cubes to it and cook for another 8-10 minutes in a simmer flame for the flavors to infuse well in the paneer. Take it off the stove, add another pinch of saffron to this and garnish with coriander leaves and serve it with roti.

Day 26

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  1. Wow, what a inviting paneer dish. With those saffron flavor, it would be amazing and also a perfect side dish for roti,Priya. You have shared wonderful 26 recipes in this marathon and i throughly enjoyed each one of them. Kudos, Priya!!

  2. Luscious and rich gravy.. looks very yum 😊

  3. Its a rich gourmet gravy Priya, with saffron am sure this gravy will tastes extremely fabulous. Prefect side dish for Naans or for Pulaos.

    Congrats for finishing Mega marathon brilliantly.

  4. Wow! What an amazing color you got for the gravy , Priya. A great finish to the mega marathon. Lot of bookmarks from your space. Glad to have as a fellow marathoner this series.

  5. That color is super tempting. I know I had reshuffle a few recipes as I had to keep them for the upcoming marathons. Life of a food blogger.;-) Glad you made this rich paneer gravy. Lipsmacking.

  6. Beautiful looking fish ! I am glad you made paneer because Paneer is a royal food , and this royal Nawabi paneer with saffron looks gorgeous ! Love it’s color and creamy texture , must say perfect way to end the marathon .
    Priya it has been a great marathon and you have completely rocked with your recipes . All themes were interesting and so well executed ! Kudos !

  7. Wow, creamy, flavorful and delicious paneer curry. Love the addition of saffron in there, must have added so much flavor and aroma to the dish. This probably pairs perfectly with naan or paratha.

  8. Creamy and rich texture.. looks so beautiful and tasty paneer dish.

  9. Such a rich and creamy paneer gravy . Perfect with some naan and love its texture!!

  10. Saffron can make any dish to another level and this paneer gravy looks absolutely divine. Love the texture and color of this sinful gravy.

  11. The paneer with saffron must be so good. The curry looks so creamy and would be a perfect match to all Indian flat breads. Nice finish to the BM.

  12. I just can't keep my eyes off the exotic paneer dish. What a lovely way to end the marathon with a mouthwatering paneer and saffron curry.

  13. Fantastic Priya, the colour and texture looks so inviting, what a wonderful choice. I enjoyed your atoz series and the managed so well to fit the series with your themes!

  14. That's one rich and creamy gravy with a vibrant color. I enjoyed all your dishes this marathon and bookmarked to try later.

  15. Just the color of the dish is enough to attract us. How beautiful the subzi looks and what a great pick for the alphabet. I so enjoyed all your recipes in the series and have bookmarked so many!

  16. wow creamy and delicious zaffrani paneer , It must be so aromatic with saffron flavor !! Loving the vibrant color of the richgravy.. Totally enjoyed reading all your post priya. You did so did such amazing adaption. Enjoyed doing marathon with you :)

  17. First of all love your cute bowl. The gravy looks absolutely divine and the color is so vibrant. Loved all your posts in the BM series Priya.


Thanks a Lot for taking your time out and Visiting my Kitchen!!!!! Your Valuable Comments keep me going!!! Feel free to ask your doubts , i will definitely try reply you back. Good Day!!!