How to make Lychee Paneer -

A paneer delicacy with with the taste of lychee in it.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Paneer Book.

Main Ingredients : Lychees (लिच्ची ), Cottage Cheese

Cuisine : Fusion

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Lychee Paneer

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Fusion cuisine is one that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Cuisines of this type are not categorized according to any one particular cuisine style and have played a part in a number of innovations.
Fusion food is a general term for the combination of various forms of cookery and comes in several forms.  

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Lychee Paneer Recipe

  • Lychees 8-10

  • Cottage Cheese 300 grams

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 2 tablespoons

  • Oil to deep fry

  • Onions cut into cubes 2 medium

  • Pure ghee 2-3 tablespoons

  • Cloves 6

  • Cinnamon 3 one-inch stick

  • Ginger paste 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic paste 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Green chilli paste 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Red chilli powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Yogurt whisked 1/2 cup

  • Sugar 1 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi),crushed 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Cream 3/4 cup


Step 1

Cut two thirds of the paneer into one-inch triangles and grate the remaining paneer. Drain the lychees, stuff with the grated paneer and roll lightly in cornflour. Heat oil in a kadai and deep-fry the lychees till light golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 2

Boil the onions and cashewnuts with one cup of water for two to three minutes. Drain and leave to cool for a while. Grind to a smooth paste.

Step 3

Heat ghee in a thick-bottomed pan. Add cloves and cinnamon and sauté for one minute till fragrant. Add ginger paste, garlic paste, green chilli paste and sauté for half a minute.

Step 4

Add onion-cashewnut paste and sauté over medium heat for two minutes. Add the red chilli powder, yogurt, sugar, garam masala powder, kasoori methi and salt. Mix well and cook for one minute. Add the cream, paneer triangles and fried lychees and simmer for five to six minutes. Serve hot.

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