Here is my final casserole for this week. This is again made with the cheese sauce I posted yesterday, but the paneer is quite spicy. Instead of seasoning it with salt and pepper, this one is made with typical Indian spices which makes it more of a fusion dish. The garlic flavour is prominent in the paneer and combined with cheese sauce it was absolutely yum.
I made it for both mine and hubby’s dinner. Because of all the cheese and cream, this was too much for both of us and I still have left overs which I have decided as my dinner tonight. I usually refrain from such dishes as it is so complicated to track the perfect macro of the dish. But I wanted to attempt it just for the theme, but let me stop it here. I will not be making this often, may be once in two months as a special treat. I prefer simple dishes for my everyday food.
So if you have some special occasion to celebrate or a party where you will be having some guests for dinner who are on diet, then do try this. I am sure they will be really happy. It takes an hour to bake the casserole, so plan accordingly. You can even prepare the layers, assemble them and refrigerate. And you can bake it just an hour before serving.
For The Paneer Layer:
Paneer – 300 gm
Onion – 1
Garlic – 4-5 pods
Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – to taste
Ghee – 1 tbs
For The Cheese Sauce:
Amul Low Fat Cream – 250 ml
Cheddar Cheese – 100 gm, grated
Salt and Pepper To Taste
Garlic Powder – 1/4 tsp
Preheat oven to 200°C.
In a pan heat cream.
When it is hot, remove from stove and add the grated cheese, salt and pepper and garlic powder.
Mix well until the cheese melts and becomes a gooey mass. Keep it aside.
Grind together tomato, garlic, red chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder into a thick paste.
Heat ghee and add onions.
When they are golden, add in the spice paste and saute on low flame until the ghee separates.
Add the cubed paneer and salt and mix until combined.
In a casserole dish, spread half the paneer mixture.
And add half the cheese sauce and spread it well.
Now repeat the layer once more with the remaining ingredients.
Bake for one hour in oven.
Serve it hot immediately.