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Monday, January 25, 2010

Lazeez Broccoli Paneer - Curried Broccoli And Cheese

Today is India's 61st Republic Day which is celebrated on 26th January every year. It marks the day on which the 'Constitution of India' was adopted. In the year 1950, on this very day, the country made its transition, from a 'British Dominion' to a 'Republic'. Wishing You all Happy Republic Day. !!!

In going with the Republic day Celebrations , I decided to cook keeping in mind the colors of the Indian Flag - Deep Saffron, White and Green. Hoping you can see those colors reflected in this preparation..atleast the green of the broccoli and almost white of the paneer.

Ingredients :
  • 4 -5 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 10 0z Paneer/Indian Cheese cubed
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 " piece of ginger
  • 2 large tomatoes pureed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • salt to taste
  • 4- 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
Preparation :
  • Steam cook the Broccoli until tender. (Don't really have to cook broccoli for long time- It can be even eaten raw). Then puree it in a blender.

  • Shallow fry the Paneer cubes .(This step is optional.)
  • Now make a puree of onion, ginger and garlic and another puree of tomatoes.
  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Add the bay leaves and black cardamom. Add the onion pureed mixture. Saute till its golden brown and you no longer get the raw smell of onion.
  • Add the tomato puree and fry for about 2-3 minutes and add the dry spices (turmeric powder , red chilli powder , garam masala and salt.
  • Add the broccoli puree and mix well. Add the fried Paneer Cubes.
  • Let it simmer on low flame for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add lime juice and mix well.
  • Ready to serve. This recipe serves 4.
Enjoy this Lazeez Broccoli Paneer with any Indian Bread. We savoured it with hot home made Butter Naan. I'll be back with the recipe for the Naan tomorrow. Till then Jai Hind !!!


  1. Sounds interesting!

  2. Happy Republic Day!!!

    A Healthy side dish.. Sounds new to me
    Will soon give a try...

    Nice click!!!

  3. Happy Republic day..such a delicious curry with broccoli and paneer, yummm!!

  4. Hey Dolly

    Happy Republic day to you....delicicious curry and mouthwatering pics....

  5. wonderful combination of brocolli and paneer.The curry is so yummy that I would like to grab it and have some.

  6. thats a very different recipe never thought of broccoli puree as gravy. but thats a real good idea. Happy Republic day to you too dear.

  7. Happy Republic Day!!! Delicious Curry and great pics...

  8. Thats a very unique and interesting gravy...

  9. very different and delicious gravy. also new to me.will try this soon, dear.

  10. I think I know what I am having for dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing!


  11. 61th Republic Day? Is also my special day :)

  12. very innovative gravy dear..sur it will be yummy too..Happy republic day to you.

  13. good way of using the brocolli...

  14. Looks awesome and happy Republic Day to you too.

  15. Delicious and unique combination of paneer and brocolli.

  16. Happy Republic day. A very thoughtful gesture and the color are all definitely in sync with the day.

  17. Nice recipe with my fav brocoloi...interesting combo as well..Happy Republic day.....

  18. Superb healthy dish..lovely presentation with the flowers...

  19. Looks very creamy & rich...Dolly.... I loved it.. How I wish I could keep my hands on a bite of that roti with the prep....????!!!!! VERY YUMMY & Unique because of the addition of broc....


  20. Oh man...This is way too tempting Dolly...Could I come over for dinner?..:D Beautiful presentation and lovely click !

  21. I love both broccoli and paneer. The curry looks rich and thick, pureeing broccoli is new to me. Yummy!

  22. Happy Republic day!!very innovative dolly!!Another great combination that I wouldn't have thought of myself. Looks very tempting & awesome..will try this soon.:)Thanks for sharing.:)

  23. nice presentation..Broccoli and paneer sounds an interesting combo...simply superb!!!

  24. Sounds yummy and interesting...

  25. Mmmmmmmmmmm sounds delicious some how missed this post... the clicks are good and the gravy looks mouthwatering.