Cook's Hideout: Paneer & Green Pepper in Creamy Sauce

November 03, 2009

Paneer & Green Pepper in Creamy Sauce

When I was making this dish, I had a creamy restaurant style curry in my mind. As it turns out I didn’t have cream in the fridge, but I used the next best thing I had, mascarpone cheese. It made the dish creamy, light, mildly sweet and delicious.

Paneer – ½ cup, cubed
Green peppers – 2 medium, chopped
Carrot – 1 medium, chopped
Red onion – 1 medium, chopped
Tomato puree – 1/3 cup
Kasoori Methi – 2 tsp
Ginger+Garlic paste – ½ tsp
Milk – ½ cup
Mascarpone cheese – 2tbsp
Garam masala – ½ tsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste

  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan, add onions and sauté till golden brown.
  • Add g+g paste and cook for another minute. Next add the veggies, cover and cook till completely cooked.
  • Add tomato puree, kasoori methi, red chili powder, garam masala & salt. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  • Next add milk while stirring continuously (otherwise milk might curdle) along with paneer & mascarpone cheese. Simmer for another 2 minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with roti or fried rice.

This is my entry to JFI: Paneer being hosted by Trupti @ The Spice who loved me. JFI is the brainchild of Indira @ Mahanandi.



  1. Hmm...nice substitute...looks creamy indeed

  2. love the colours in this..nice idea to use the mascarpone cheese!

  3. Loks very colorful and inviting

  4. oh!can imagine the richness of the dish with mascarpone cheese! am all droolz :) looks super yummy!

  5. Mascarpone cheese would be such a creamy and delicious subst!

  6. Looks lovely! Nice combination of paneer and capsicum.

  7. I love adding kasoori methi to spicy dishes. Your recipe sounds really flavorful--I ought to try it with tofu.
    About your question on shortening, I use either Crisco or Earth Balance. Crisco is also vegan and you can find it more easily.
    And yes, you can find most Earth Balance products at Whole Foods. Hope that helps :)

  8. Wow the dish looks so flavorful!

  9. Lovely color, presentation is too good.

  10. oooooh i love how you improvised with mascarpone!


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