Paneer made dishes are very popular in India, particularly in North India. There are so many delicious paneer made dishes available in in India. For vegetarian, those are most preferred dishes. Paneer do pyaza is also a very popular food and most favorite one for some people. ‘Paneer’ is basically cottage cheese and ‘pyaz’ means onion in Hindi. Here ‘Do’ (do means two in Hindi) indicates double onion or add onion in two parts. One is to make gravy and another part to add onion layers in that gravy along with paneer cubes. That is why it is called as ‘Paneer Do Pyaza’.
The list of paneer made dishes is very long in Indian subcontinent. Paneer is nothing but cottage cheese. Anybody can make paneer at home too but many people face problem to extract water from raw paneer. That is why mostly people prefer to buy paneer from market. Such paneer is not moisturized. It is soft and easy to cut into pieces as needed. But if you want to make scrambled paneer then you can use home made paneer or compressed it as much as possible to extract water from it. Home made moisturized paneer has different name in Eastern part of India. Such moisturized paneer is called as ‘chhena’ in West Bengali and some parts of Odisha, Bihar & Jharkhand. Chhena is used to make so many delicious sweet dishes.
Paneer do pyaza is not as much popular as shahi paneer, paneer butter masala, kadai paneer etc. But it is still popular in Punjab, Delhi, Uttar pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Rajasthan. You can have most traditional and tastiest paneer do pyaza at road side dhaba (local restaurants) along the major highways. If you are from any of those places or an avid traveler then you must have idea about this dish. Particularly who prefer roadways and enjoy local food while they are traveling must have tasted this paneer do pyaza. Though tastes of paneer do pyaza vary from restaurant to restaurant but still it has unique taste and you can easily distinguish this paneer do pyaza from any other paneer dishes.
This food is not so spicy and little sweet in taste but not too much sugar is used here to bring sweet taste. It is just little sweet as fresh cream or full cream milk is used. Sun dried red chili powder is also added to this paneer do pyaza. So you can enjoy both hot and sweet taste. Mostly people prefer to have this paneer do pyaza with roti or rice. You can have this with pea rice, pulao, plain rice, naan, butter naan, tawa roti or even tandoori roti.
As said earlier onion or pyaz is added to this paneer do pyaza for two times. First onion paste is used to bring mouth watering taste in gravy and then layers of onion are added to make this paneer do pyaza special. As sufficient amount of cream is used here so people do not add any extra ghee to this dish. Many people find this name very funny and too much desi. But when people will come to know reason behind such naming they will find it so logical. Ha ha.
I tried this food many times in my life. Mostly I prefer to have this at road side dhaba because there you will find authentic and tastiest paneer do pyaza. That too at very lower price. I tried this at Pitampura, Delhi and also Panipat district, Haryana. Differences in price can be significantly noticed in both cases. One was at 140 Rupees and another one was 75 Rupees. So if you want to try this at a better AC restaurant it may cost more than 200 Rupees. Though few years back those are offered at such prices. Now in 2017 it may be higher.
Did you ever tried Paneer do pyaza at any dhaba or restaurant? How was it? Which one you found better paneer do pyaza or shahi paneer? I liked paneer do pyaza with pea rice or pulao. It is because it taste creamy. It has lightly sweet, sour and chili flavor. But to be honest shahi paneer is best with butter naan or any other Indian breads (roti). 🙂 .
Paneer do pyaza is also very easy to make. So if you want to get same restaurant like taste then you can enjoy that at home and that too at very lower cost. I always prefer to make this paneer do pyaza at home rather than order at restaurant. Though having meal at restaurant has its own ambiance to enjoy but meal at home also enjoyable and nobody can deny this. What will you say? So are you ready to make PANEER DO PYAZA?
To make masala or spicy almost dry dried gravy for paneer do pyaza you need ginger, garlic, onion, cumin powder, red chili powder, dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi), cardamom, tomato etc. Traditionally fresh cream is used to make paneer do pyaza but here full cream milk is used to make this dish more delicious. So when you cook tomato and onion based gravy with full cream milk then you can see a shine in your gravy and mouth watering flavor will reach to your nose and it will spread fantastic aroma in the air. Water is not generally needed to make this dish but you can pour some water to adjust gravy if needed.
Paneer do pyaza recipe
- Paneer - 200 gm, cut into small pieces
- Onion / pyaz - 2 large size (1 chopped + 1 separate & cut each layers into 2-3 pieces)
- Ginger / adrak - 2 tsp, paste
- Garlic / lahsun - 1 tsp, paste
- Tomato / tamatar - 1 small size, chopped
- Cumin / jeera - 1.5 tsp, powder
- Red chili / lal mirch - 2 tsp
- Dried fenugreek leaves / Kasuri methi - pinches of
- Cardamom / elaichi - 2 pieces
- Full cream milk - ½ cup
- Water - ½ cup, if needed
- Salt - as needed
- Oil - 1.5 tbsp
- Heat oil in a cooking pan and add cardamom, fry it till you get fantastic aroma of cardamom
- Fry garlic paste, ginger paste and 1 chopped onion in a cooking , use refined oil to cook
- Now add cumin powder and red chili powder and mix with gravy
- Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook till it releases oil
- Now pour half cup of full cream milk and boil till gravy almost dried up, stir continuously to get better result, add water if needed
- Now add paneer pieces in the gravy and mix with gravy and cook in low flame for 3-4 minutes
- Spread kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves and mix
- Switch off flame and serve hot with rice or roti (Indian bread)
Do you like paneer dishes then try palak paneer, shahi paneer, kadai paneer, paneer butter masala, pasta with scrambled paneer etc.