The inspiration for this Pan Fried Curry Paneer came a while back when making a SAAG PANEER dish. When making the saag paneer, the paneer is pan fried before adding to the spinach. I can’t blame this solely on my wife. We were both tasting the paneer after cooking. It was so good. We had to stop eating it or we would not have had any cheese left to add to the saag. So this time, the plan was to make the paneer for an appetizer – #eatasmuchasyouwant.
I also learned a very useful cooking tip from the first time I pan fried the paneer. Paneer is a firm cheese, much like the consistency of tofu, and softens during cooking. It does not melt. But it can stick to the pan. The key to having paneer, or any protein for that matter, not stick to a skillet is to get the pan good and hot before you put the oil in. Then, let the oil get to a good hot – shimmering. You will be able to the oil shimmering. Cook the paneer on as many sides as you like.
Whether you are a fan of Indian food or cheese, this Pan Fried Curry Paneer needs to make it on to your table. The only thing you should be concerned with is can you STOP EATING THEM? Maybe the trick is not to make dinner at all so it will not matter. You think I am joking? These spiced cheese chunks are totally addictive. The spice rub has 6 ingredients – two of which are curries. Then, there flavor is enhanced by adding more turmeric, cumin, coriander and garam masala.
The cast of characters.
The paneer marinating.
The paneer in the skillet browning.
The Pan Fried Curry Paneer plated.
Pan Fried Curry Paneer
- 24 Ounces Paneer cubed
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil divded
- 1 Tbsp Cumin
- 1 Tbsp Coriander
- 1 Tbsp Garam Masala
- 1 Tbsp Sweet Curry Powder
- 2 Tsp Hot Curry Powder
- 2 Tsp Turmeric
Combine all the spices and 2 Tbsp of the olive oil in a bowl and mix well. Add in the cubed paneer and marinate for 10 minutes or more.
Heat the remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Add in the paneer in batches. Cook on a few of its sides until browned. Finish the other batches until complete.
Serve and enjoy!