Paneer Pachan Recipe (Paneer with vegetables)

Pachan means a recipe with five different types of vegetables as per Bengali cuisine. Generally on Chaitra Sankranti (a Bengali festival) we have this recipe. But we use more than five types of vegetables in that recipe (I don’t know why). Here I have tried the recipe with paneer added. I had a chunk of fresh paneer at refrigerator, but no one is interested to have a paneer oriented recipe. So I thought it’s better to make pachan with added paneer pieces.

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Pachan Recipe Ingredients

250 gm Paneer (Cut into cubical shape)
1 bowl vegetables (pumpkin, ridge gourd, beans, carrot, brinjal, potato, radish etc. – cut in small pieces)
2-3 Green chillies 
1 Bay leaf
1 Dried Red chilli
1/2 tsp Panch phoron (Bengali mixture of 5 spices)
1/2 tsp Ginger paste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp jeera powder
1/2 tsp dhania powder
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
Little ghee
Mustard Oil
Fresh chopped coriander leaves

How to make Paneer Pachan recipe

Heat oil in a pan.
Now add the paneer pieces with little salt & turmeric powder.
Shallow fry the paneer pieces & keep them aside.
After that add little more oil into that pan and one by one add the dry red chilli, bay leaf & panch phoron.
Let the aroma comes out of the spices.
Now add the cut vegetables (You can add as many types of vegetables as you want & green chillies into that pan.
Sprinkle little salt & turmeric powder & stir them well.
Cook covered for 12-15 minutes in medium heat.
Occasionally stir the vegetables so that they do not get burnt.
Now add all the spices & mix them well.
Stir for 4-5 min & add around 1/2 glass water or as required, it will be a little dry thick curry.
Now add the fried paneer pieces, little sugar & chopped coriander leaves.
Check for salt & spice. If require you can add 1-2 green chillies.
Spread 1/2 tsp ghee & serve with hot rice or roti/chapati/paratha.
It tastes awesome & also very nutritious.

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