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Paneer Crème Fraîche Curry

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Thursday, October 1, 2009 | 9:01 PM

Happy New Month! It took me forever to come up with a title for the dish I prepared. I had purchased crème fraîche for some recipe and I had completely forgotten about it. With the intention of making something interesting with paneer, I made the basic gravy. The paneer was roasted and I was not sure as to what I must do with the crème fraîche. This was an ingredient I have not used before and so I had to taste it to get a sense of what I could do with it. I thought it tasted like very thick cream or sour cream and I added it to my gravy. When I tasted it I realized that it did not taste like anything I had tasted before but was delicious and rich. So if you would like something simple but exotic try this one out. My critics have given me a thumbs up on this side dish served with rice or bread(roti, naan etc).


Cutting Board
Measuring spoons and cups
Heavy bottom vessel or wok


Paneer - 450 gms
Crème fraîche - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Apple sauce - 1 tbsp
Onion - 2
Tomato - 2 (roma use 3)
Garlic - 3 cloves
Cumin Seeds - 2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp heaped
Turmeric- 1/8th tsp
Cilantro minced - 1 tsp
Kasuri Methi - 1 tbsp
Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp


1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok. Add crushed kasuri methi and cumin seeds in it and allow it to roast a bit before adding onions, garlic and salt.

2. Once they are cooked add tomatoes, turmeric, coriander powder, chilli powder and cook for 4 minutes.

3. Grind this mixture into a paste. Put it back in the wok with water and apple sauce and cook for 3 minutes.

4. In another wok add oil and toast the paneer that are cut into long rectangle pieces. Add this to the gravy and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from fire and add crème fraîche and serve them hot with roti or rice.


  1. Wow!! That has to taste great:)

  2. this is a nice idea for a paneer dish... can imagine it would go very well with rotis :)

  3. Such a delicious, rich and creamy curry...fabulous!

  4. Tasty mild dish. Could be a side dish for many different kinds of cusines.

  5. curry looks so creamy, surely it will be delicious.

  6. Wow..lovely dish..but since Crème fraîche is missing here, wd go ahead wt heavy cream, no apple sauce either :( (btw..when do u add the apple sauce?) tks for this yummy recipe..shall make it right away!


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