How to make Paneer With Pesto Sauce -

An exotic dish this - deep-fried marinated paneer pieces served topped with pesto sauce.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Cottage cheese, Whole dry red chilli (साबुत सूखी लाल मिर्च )

Cuisine : Italian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Paneer With Pesto Sauce

Paneer With Pesto Sauce Recipe Card


Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots stretching to antiquity.  Italian cuisine is simple and a number of dishes having only four to eight ingredients.  They rely mostly on the quality of ingredients rather than elaborate preparation.
Noteworthy changes in Italian cuisine happened with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, which are now an integral part of this cuisine.  Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity each with a distinct taste.  This cuisine today is probably one of the most popular in the world.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Paneer With Pesto Sauce Recipe

  • Cottage cheese 500 grams

  • Whole dry red chilli broken into two 4-6

  • Ginger chopped 1 inch piece

  • Black peppercorns 6

  • Cloves 6

  • Cinnamon powder 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Lemon juice 2 tablespoons

  • Oil to deep fry


  • Fresh basil leaves 10-12

  • Fresh parsley a few sprigs

  • Garlic 5-6 cloves

  • Pine nuts(chilgoza) 1/4 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Olive oil 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Cut the paneer into thick slices. Grind together red chillies, ginger, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon powder to a fine paste.

Step 2

Add salt and lemon juice and mix well. Coat the paneer pieces with the above paste and keep aside to marinate for about fifteen minutes.

Step 3

Blend the ingredients of the pesto sauce in a mixer to make a smooth sauce. Heat sufficient oil in a deep pan and deep fry the paneer pieces till lightly browned on both sides.

Step 4

Drain onto an absorbent paper. Serve hot with pesto sauce.

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