Paneer Hariya

When you set out to make a dish that is supposed to look like this

Paneer Kaliya by Sanjeev Kapoor



Last night, I was keen to try Sanjeev Kapoor’s own creation, Paneer Kaliya (Funny name, I know!!). I appointed Mum as my sous chef and proceeded with much excitement and a little trepidation. Mum, being Mum, suggested a few shortcuts to the original recipe. She said I could blow off steps 1 to 5 altogether if I followed what she had in mind. Who am I to challenge a lady with over 25 years of cooking experience? “Okay”, I said. “We’ll do it your way, Ma.”

Many improvisations and panic attacks and squeals of “OMG-this-is-not-working”  (from my end) later, was born Paneer Hariya. Why ‘hariya’ you might ask? Well, the dish turned out green (instead of the intended white) and well, it rhymes with kaliya. BTW, I have an aunt with the last name Haria and she’s going to be reading this. So Beena Fui, I’m sorry it had to be named Hariya but it was so apt. And anyhow, it was Sonali who came up with the name, so chide her! 😀

In the end, I was happy with how Paneer Hariya tasted. It is unlike any other paneer dish I have had (and I’ve had loads). Though I must warn you, it is a very rich dish that leaves you feeling full for a LOT of hours.

Recipe for Paneer Hariya

Serves 2 – 3 persons

Igredients: Fresh Paneer cubes – 200 gm

Garam Masala – 1 tbsp OR make your own garam masala which is a paste of 4 cardamom pods, 4 cloves, 10 peppercorns, 1 inch cinnamon stick, and 1 inch sliced ginger

Cornflour – 1 tsp

Curd – 2 tbsp

Cream – 2 tbsp

Almonds – 1/2 cup – blanched, peeled and ground

Sugar – 1 – 2 tsp – depending on your taste

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

Salt –  1 tsp

Water – 1 cup


1) Mix the ground almonds with water and keep aside. This forms the base of the gravy.

2) Heat the ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add the garam masala. Stir well till the ghee begins to separate. This should talk a minute or two.

3) Add the almond paste from step 1. Sauté the mixture for a minute.

4) Add the curd and cream and sauté it for another minute.

5) Mix the cornflour in 2 tsp water and add it to the gravy.

6) Add the sugar, turmeric and salt.

) Lastly, add the paneer cubes.

7) Let it cook for a couple of minutes.

Serve hot with rotis or parathas. If you have even the slightest of doubt about this, let me know. I’ll be happy to help you out with even dumb-sounding queries 🙂

If you happen to make this dish, let me know and I’ll put up a picture of your cooking on this blog.

Sending this to Kavi’s Healthy Cooking Challenge, which is Smita’s brainchild.


About Manali Shah

Postmodern. Spiritual. Feminist.

Posted on November 29, 2011, in Food and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Absolutely love the INTRO! 😀 😀 😀
    And the dish is really simple! Such few ingredients! 😀
    And kudos to Sonali! Superb name for the dish!
    (Customary) Thanks for linking to my event.. 😛

    Kavi | Edible Entertainment
    Ongoing event: Healthy Lunch Challenge

  2. A very unique set of ingredients! Looks deadly delicious 🙂 Please do stop by my blog and enrich it by following :))) cheers, priya

  3. Hey Manali
    Paneer Haria is looking yummy……..Pyar se kuch bhi banao accha hi banta hai.

  4. It looks yummmyyy. The panner looks soft and now I’m hungry!

  5. Heya.. Sure, will give you loads of ideas! Sky is the limit! 😀 I’ve already created 4 recipes & re-created another 8 & got 3 from mum! 😀 Should I mail you some? How many do you intend on posting? Also, which MW do you have?

    Kavi | Edible Entertainment
    Ongoing event: Healthy Lunch Challenge

    • Oye, kahan reply kar rahi hai! 😛 I commented on your MW event post.. Anyway, yes, I’d be happy if you could mail me! I have a Haier basic MW. Manual is not on their site anymore since they discontinued the model. Does that mean we stop using the MW too? Dumb people! Now we just use the MW to heat food and sometimes make papad :/

  6. My MW is the basic one too.. 😀 Don’t worry.. will send you loads..
    Actually, I usually comment on people’s blogs as a reply to their comments! 😉

  7. ^^ Above sentence might be grammatically wrong. Pardon me 😛 Too much work to do!!
    ** And yet I take time off to bring it to your attention 😛 How dumb am I?!

  8. Thanks so much for linking your entry to my HCC event Man! 🙂 Find your entry in the Roundup Part I , Part II or Part III

    Also, please do participate in my ongoing events:
    Jingle All The Way &
    Microwave Easy Cooking

    Kavi (Edible Entertainment)
    (all customary, you know that :P)

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