Quick Paneer-Mint-Vegetable Sauté

Its already March? When did that happen? Time sure does fly. But I have something to look forward to this month. Its Zlamushka’s Tried and Tested. Yes, its back. Its one of my favourite blog events and better yet, its my blog that is in spotlight this month. Sweatha of Tasty Curry Leaf has generously accepted to host an edition featuring "Tasty Palettes". I am little nervous knowing that my recipes would be tried and tested by fellow bloggers. The recipes that are featured were tested in my kitchen first. I hope you will like 'em too. So, with fingers crossed, I await your judgment. My sincere thanks to Zlamushka and Sweatha.

Now, coming to the recipe, if there is one, is a medley of vegetables, paneer and tons of herbs. My MIL once made this curry for a quick dinner. I loved the simplicity of the dish, and set to make it on my own. I stuck to the original preparation in using sambar powder, but added a few touches of my own (when do I cook without that). Just like I took liberty in adding local vegetables, you can add whatever you have on hand. Just make sure all the vegetables would marry well. But mint is a vital ingredient in this recipe. It made a huge difference that pushed me to blog about this simple sauté.

Quick Paneer-Mint-Vegetable Sauté
(serves 2)


Onion - 1
Garlic -1 clove, minced
Carrot – 1
Parsnip - 1
Potato – 1
Red and/or Green bell pepper – 1
Paneer – 200g/7 oz
Mint and Coriander – packed ½ cup, finely chopped
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Cardamom – 1, crushed
Clove - 1
Oil – a splash

Spice Mixture

Home made or store bought sambar powder – 1 tbsp
Your favourite spice mixture like garam masala or kitchen king masala – ½ tbsp
Coriander powder – 2 tsp and Red chilli powder – 1 tsp


Cut all the vegetables into ¼” thick and 2” long strips. Cut paneer similarly.

In a wide pan, heat oil over medium heat, and gently roast crushed cardamom and clove. When they start to sizzle, add onion and garlic and sauté for a minute. Add all the vegetables, turmeric powder, your choice of spice mixture and salt; mix well. Cover and cook the vegetables, sprinkling water intermittently. Keep gently stirring, so that the vegetables don’t stick to the pan. When the vegetables are cooked, add paneer and chopped herbs. Mix well and let the cheese heat though. Serve warm with roti or any flatbread.


Unknown said...

Very colourful dish. looks delicious.
I have some many recipes from you blog I want to try, this event is nice opportunity to do so.

Finla said...

Looks so colourful healthy and delicious.

amna said...

absolutely love the first pic! and i am super excited to try something from your blog this month, not that i haven't in the past :)

Pavani said...

Looks and sounds simple and delicious. I can taste the dish just by looking at the pic. Love the addition of mint.

A_and_N said...

Such a wholesome weeknight meal!

Poornima Nair said...

That looks so inviting with all its colours...great combo of vegies...

Anonymous said...

Lovely pics! i say that again & again... I love this kinda quick stir fries... all the taste & crunch retained & not mushed up willy wallowing under the gravy. I have never made it with paneer, but do include beans or other dal with the veggies. loved ur use of mint!

Shivapriya said...

I have quick version of paneer, but adding mint and sambar power something really unique. Looks really fresh.

KALVA said...

oh lovely saute fry.. love any vegetable stir frys.. lovekly pics

veggievixen said...

yum! i love indian flavors, and this looks really delicious.

Varsha Vipins said...

Lovely colors Suganya..loved this quick fix dish..)

Nina Timm said...

I tried my hand at paneer for the first time this year and it was delicious!!! Now I can start experimenting, starting with this dish!!!

Manju said...

you have such delicious recipes out here that im sure all of who try it would just love it :)

love the colours of this stir fry!

Rathna said...

Wow...amazing pics Sug...I'm in love with all your pictures. They are truly inspiring. Can you please tell me which camera do you use ?

Nirmala said...

Thats a lovely looking medley! I would love it with soft rotis. I had tried quiet a few of u're recipes and can instantly say that u'res where one among the fool proof instructions. Would love to participate in this event!

TNL said...

this looks lovely, Suganya.
I am so glad your blog was picked for the T&T event....your pictures and recipes are wonderful!

the spice who loved me

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

That picture is very pleasing to the eye. Colourful and just right.
I make something like this but with cauliflower, potatoes and peas. Must try adding the mint.

Lisa Turner said...

Stunning dish. I never met a vegetarian paneer dish I didn't enjoy.

I'm so glad you are the featured blog for Tried and Tested. Your recipes are fabulous, and they always work out perfectly, everytime.

Anonymous said...

Looks so bright and colourful! Reminds me of summer :)

zlamushka said...


I have already tried three of your kitchen masterpieces and loooved all of them :-)

bee said...

it's great to see Tasty Palettes on T&T. well deserved.

Susan said...

I'm in for T&T, but it will be very hard to choose just one recipe from your fine collection.

Popping-good color on those photos!

kittymatti said...

wow! this looks soooo good :) great job! will try it soon

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