Paneer Dishes for Weight Loss

Paneer Bhurji & 9 Other Paneer Dishes for Weight Loss Leave a comment

Paneer Bhurji & 9 Other Paneer Dishes for Weight Loss

Many of you may be wondering…Is it okay to have paneer or paneer dishes during weight loss? The answer lies here. Paneer contains a lot of healthy fats, proteins and is low in carbohydrates. Thus, there is no harm in having paneer dishes while keeping your body fit. Protein plays a vital role during weight loss. High protein rich foods include egg, fish,meat, etc. which makes it difficult for a vegetarian to cope with. Thus, the only protein rich option left for vegetarians is cottage cheese or paneer.

No one can tie the best knots with paneer as much as Indians can. There are hundreds of paneer recipes or paneer dishes hidden somewhere in cookery books and shows. Our each day begins with paneer paratha and gets gladden when it ends with Paneer tikka masala. Although some people abandon paneer, thinking that it will enhance the fatty acids in the body.

How does paneer help to lose weight ? 

1.Source of Healthy Fat

When consumed fat in a proper manner and proportion it helps the body to burn fat instead of energy as and when required. Healthy fats are essential for the body. Paneer is a good source of healthy fat.

2. Low in Carbohydrates

Nutritionists always suggest to have food which is low in carbohydrates and in hundred grams of paneer there is just 1.2 grams of carbohydrates in it which is quite a less amount. Carbohydrates have the tendency to  metabolise themselves very quickly.

3. Low in calories

Paneer contains a decent calorie count when cooked properly. 100 grams of cottage cheese consists of 72 calories which is still less than a lot of products made of milk. It is very essential to keep in mind the way for cooking paneer as it can enhance the calorie level up to a high extent. Does paneer is proven to have less calories.

4. Rich in Protein

Cottage cheese made up of fresh cow’s milk contains a high quantity of casein protein.This protein is  the best among all the other types of  milks.This milk is commonly known as  full cream milk. The whole process of making cottage cheese which includes churning of milk plays an important role about how the cottage cheese is going to come out. If done properly hundred grams of this cottage cheese consists of 11 grams of protein. Not only protein but a lot of essential elements such as calcium,  iron and magnesium is also present in cottage cheese. The best way to have a wholesome of protein out of cottage cheese is to have it directly without frying it. Frying cottage cheese adds a lot of unsaturated fat which is very harmful to the body.

5. Source of Calcium

Calcium not only helps in making bones strong but also helps in reducing weight. Calcium intake increases the body temperature which in turn helps in burning fat easily. 100 gram of   Cottage Cheese consists of 83 grams of calcium.

Now as we are aware of the benefits of paneer or cottage cheese and how it is a rich source of calcium and protein. Let’s look at some of the best recipes of paneer to lose weight.

Top 10 Paneer Recipes for Weight Loss

1. Paneer Bhurji

Paneer bhurji, also known as paneer scramble, is a quick paneer dish to make. It also helps in weight loss.  It can be eaten with roti, paratha, bread or roll. It needs very less ingredients and tastes delicious.It can be eaten at any time of the day either as lunch, breakfast ,dinner or as starters in a party.

Key Ingredients: Milk,Citric acid, Onions,Oil, Green chillies, Coriander leaves,salt, black pepper,  dhaniya powder , red chilli powder, turmeric, cumin powder and garam masala.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Step 1 : Take one litre of milk and add citric acid to it when it begins to boil. The milk will give an oily texture and release some water. Drain the water using a  sieve and separate paneer from it.

Step 2: Now take a grinder and grind 2 onions, 1 tomato and 3 green chillies.Make a thick paste of it.

Step 3: Add some oil in the pan and put the puree inside it. Add ½ teaspoon of each of the spices, salt, black pepper,  dhaniya powder , red chilli powder, turmeric, cumin powder and garam masala in the pan. Stir it well.

Step 4:  Add paneer in this masala and mix all the ingredients properly. Add half cup of water in the mixture and let it boil.

Step  5: After it is done garnish it with coriander leaves and serve it hot with roti or paratha.

2.Paneer Besan Chilla

Indians are very fond of having besan in their food. Besan is generally easy and quick to make.Paneer besan Chilla is a light and healthy paneer dish normally eaten during mornings or as evening snacks. It has a slim and crispy texture, often chomped with tomato sauce or green chutney. Being a light and flimsy paneer recipe, it also helps in weight loss.

Key Ingredients: Paneer, Besan, Onions, Tomatoes, Green chillies, Coriander leaves,  salt     ,black pepper,  dhaniya powder , red chilli powder and water

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Step 1 : Prepare a batter of 1 cup besan, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped tomato, 3 green chillies, some spinach leaves, coriander leaves, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon chilli powder, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon dhaniya powder and ½ cup paneer.

Step 2 : Add one cup of water and mix the batter very well so that there are no crumbs of besan in it.Add water according to your convenience, the batter should be in semi liquid formation. 

Step 3 : Take a non-stick pan and let it heat for a while, add a few drops of oil to the pan. Spread the oil all over the pan, then remove the oil from the pan using a tissue paper. This way the pan will gain a little smoothness on its surface.

Step 4: Now put some amount of the mixture on the pan and apply oil to the corner of the pan. Let it cook from the bottom and get a brownish texture Then turn your chilla upside down. After getting a brownish text from both sides of the chilla,  remove it from the pan and grate  paneer and coriander leaves on it.

Step 5: Serve it hot with tomato ketchup or green chutney.

3. Corn & Paneer

It is an easy to make snacktime paneer dish or paneer recipe also served as starters in parties.It is a scanty dish and good for weight loss.

Key Ingredients: Olive oil , Paneer,Corn,Onions,Capsicum, Green chillies, Coriander leaves,  salt ,black pepper and chilli flakes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Step 1 : Take 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a pan. Add ½ teaspoon of cumin  seeds to it. Wait till they begin to splutter.

Step 2 : Add 1 chopped onion, 1 capsicum , 350 grams corn and 1 green chilli to it and let it become light brown.Then add 1/2 teaspoon of salt ,black pepper, chilli flakes and mix it well.

Step 3: Finally add ½ kg crumpled paneer to it.Stir is well and let it cook at low flame for about 3 minutes. 

Step 4: Finally, your low fat snack dish is ready. Eat it hot and garnish it with coriander leaves.

4. Paneer Tikka Roll

Paneer Tikka roll is a roll made up of  whole wheat just like a chapati and contains a rich filling  of grated paneer, chopped capsicum, onions, garlic and a lot of spices. This paneer dish or paneer recipe, originated from the street food of West Bengal and is now popular all over the world. This paneer recipe is nutritious  and acceptable as a weight loss dish.

Making of Paneer Tikka

Key Ingredients: ½ cup curd, 1 teaspoon chili powder, one fourth teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste 2 teaspoon besan, half teaspoon chaat masala and  half teaspoon Garam Masala

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Step 1 : Marinate the Paneer cubes by adding curd, chilli powder, salt, ginger garlic paste, besan,chat masala and Garam Masala to it. Add one chopped onion and capsicum to it. Leave it for 30 minutes.

Step 2 : Take a non-stick pan and grease it with olive oil. Put the marinated paneer in the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes in medium flame.

Making of Paneer Tikka Roll

Step 1 : Place the chapati on the tawa and put some portion of the marinated paneer tikka on it. Add some chopped onions,green chilli chutney, tomato ketchup and some mayonnaise to it. Roll the chapati such that the ingredients get binded.

Step 2: Cook it for 1 minute on the tawa and serve it hot.

5. Paneer Peas Biryani

Paneer Peas Biryani is a 3 layered paneer dish  with each layer narrating a healthy diet story. It is cooked using brown rice, low fat paneer cubes and boiled green peas. Its ingredients make it a lot more healthy diet and perfect for weight loss than a lot of dishes.

Key Ingredients: Half cup low fat paneer,  half cup Green peas, 2 chopped onions,one teaspoon chilli garlic paste ,half teaspoon ginger paste ,half cup tomato pulp ,half teaspoon chili powder half teaspoon garam Masala, salt to taste and 2 ¼ cup brown rice.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Step 1 :  Take a pan, add 2 teaspoons of olive oil and let it heat. Add chopped onions and roast them until it turns brown.

Step 2 : Add Ginger garlic paste, tomato pulp, green chillies and roast them for 1 minute. Add all the spices to it and mix it well for 3-4 minutes.

Step 3: Add one cup of boiled water and add paneer, green peas, salt and let it cook for 2 more minutes.

Step 4 : In a separate container prepare brown rice with some sliced onions.

Step 5: Spread one layer of onion brown rice, another layer of cooked vegetables and lastly a layer of paneer and green peas.

Step 6: Three layered onion brown rice is ready to eat.

 6. Tawa Paneer Masala

Tawa paneer masala is an outstanding paneer dish or paneer recipe for weight loss. It helps in keeping your stomach full for all day long. It helps in delaying the hunger process and is a healthy and tasty paneer dish. 

Key Ingredients: 1 chopped onion, 3/4th teaspoon ginger, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3/4th cup chopped  tomato,  1/4th cup chopped capsicum, 2 cups paneer, 3/4th teaspoon garam Masala, salt, 2 cup paneer and cashew nuts

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Step 1: Take a pan with olive oil ,add cumin seeds and let it splutter. Now add chopped onions and let it turn brown.

Step 2: Add chopped tomatoes, capsicum, cashew nuts, garam masala and salt.Pour half cup water and let the vegetables boil inside the pan.

Step 3 : Grind all the vegetables to make a puree out of it. Add all the mentioned spices like salt, chilli powder, dhaniya powder, turmeric and garam masala.

Step 4: Add cashew nut paste to this puree. Heat it on low flame till a thick gravy comes out.

Step 5: Add diced paneer in the gravy, garnish it with coriander leaves and serve it hot with chapatis.

7. Paneer Paratha

A very common and luscious paneer dish or paneer recipe usually served in breakfasts. Every Indian’s typical morning breakfast along with a cup of tea is Paneer Paratha. It comes under a healthy diet and is beneficial for weight loss.

Key Ingredients: 250 grams grated paneer, flour, ½ teaspoon garlic, 3 green chillies, salt, 2 teaspoons ghee, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon dhaniya powder and  ½ teaspoon red chilli powder.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Step 1 : Make a masala with the help of paneer, garlic, chillies, salt, cumin seeds, dhaniya powder and red chilli powder. Mix all the ingredients properly.

Step 2: Take the flour dough, flatten it, apply some oil and then add masala to it. Press it slightly and roll it out into a circle.

Step 3: Put it on the pre heated tawa. Apply some ghee and cook both the sides until it turns light brown. Step 4: Serve it hot with tomato sauce or green chilli pudina chutney.

8.Paneer Pudina Tikki

A healthy diet & crispy snack time paneer dish having a refreshing minty flavor. Easy to cook in a short span of time. It is also good for weight loss.

Key Ingredients: 250 grams diced paneer, ½ teaspoon cornflour , 3 green chillies, salt, 2 teaspoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and  ½ teaspoon chaat masala.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Step 1: Fry paneer in a pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil until it turns brown. Coat the paneer with  cornflour paste.

Step 2: Sprinkle salt, green chillies, mint paste and chaat masala on it.Mix it all well. Paneer should get a coating of mint paste and chaat masala.

Step 3: Serve it hot as a starter and also add rings of onions for good taste.

9. Paneer Salad

Key Ingredients: 2 cups lettuce, ½ cup paneer, 2 chopped tomatoes, ¼ sliced capsicum, 2 tablespoon celery, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoon lemon juice, chilli flakes, basil leaves,  garlic, salt and pepper.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Direction: Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them properly. Refrigerate it and toss it before serving.

10. Paneer Toast

Key Ingredients: 1 cup crumbled  paneer, toasts, 2 chopped tomatoes, ¼ sliced capsicum, 2 tablespoons butter, chilli flakes, basil leaves,garlic, salt and pepper.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Direction: Take butter in a pan and toss all the ingredients. Mix them well and apply it on a roasted toast. Serve it hot and eat immediately.

Thus, these top 10 paneer recipes are easy to make and a healthy diet as well. It can help reduce weight while having appetizing food. The recipes mentioned above are tasty as well as healthy. Try these paneer recipes at home and lose your weight in a happy manner.

Tips & Tricks for a healthy diet

  1. Always use olive oil as your cooking oil in these paneer recipes.
  2. Make sure you use homemade paneer for your paneer dishes.
  3. Never overcook paneer and try to eat it raw.

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