Dum Paneer Mitti Handi

Cottage cheese cooked with spices in a mud handi.

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Dum Paneer Mitti Handi
Main Ingredients Paneer, Yogurt
Cuisine Awadhi
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 41-50 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Dum Paneer Mitti Handi

  • 400 grams Paneer 1 cm cubes
  • Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 Bay leaf
  • 2 Green cardamom
  • 2 Clove
  • 3/4 inch piece Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon Green chilli paste
  • 1/2 cup Onion paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Coriander powder
  • 6-8 Black peppercorns crushed
  • to taste Salt
  • 3/4 cup Yogurt whisked
  • 1/2 cup Fresh cream
  • a pinch Saffron (kesar)
  • 3/4 tablespoon Garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon Mint leaves
  • a few Rose petals
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Rose water
  • dough made of atta to seal


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Heat oil in a pan; add bay leaf, green cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon and sauté till fragrant. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and green chilli paste and mix well. Add browned onion paste and mix.
  3. Stir in one cup of water and cook for two minutes. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, crushed peppercorns and salt and sauté for one minute. Add yogurt and mix well. Add paneer to the gravy and cook over medium heat. Stir in the fresh cream and the saffr
  4. Transfer the mixture to a mitti ki handi (clay pot). Gently stir in the crushed cardamoms, garam masala powder, coriander and mint leaves, rose petals and rose water.
  5. Cover with the lid and seal the edges with atta dough. Place the handi in the oven and cook for ten to fifteen minutes.
  6. Break open the seal and serve hot.

Nutrition Info

Calories 1767
Carbohydrates 27.6
Protein 83.9
Fat 146.9
Other Fiber Calcium- 1325.9mg