Steamed Paneer (Cottage Cheese) in Poppy Seed Gravy/ Bhapa Paneer Posto

September 06, 2013 Motions and Emotions 7 Comments

As the dish name says steamed paneer in poppy seed gravy, I am gonna use steaming for cooking this dish. Nowadays we are very much health conscious and hence, we all know steaming is one of the best cooking methods which retains nutritional facts in food and maximize its taste and color. This cooking technique is being used in Bengali's kitchen from age-old days. We normally call it "Bhapa".
I have learnt this from my dear mom, who is a lovely cook. No I am not using the right word for her, I should call her Chef  and more specifically Master Chef :). Let's talk about today's recipe. This is a very simple & quick recipe which I tried on a busy office day and packed in my husband's lunch box. And guess what, I received Honour of Best Cook Appreciation from him :). Hope you won't mind getting this award too, so just note down the recipe of Bhapa Paneer Posto.

Steamed Paneer (Cottage Cheese) in Poppy Seed Gravy/ Bhapa Paneer Posto


Fresh Paneer - 100 gm
Green Chilli - 2, make slits
Turmeric powder - 2/3 teaspoon
Poppy Seed Paste - 1 table spoon
Mustard paste (Use 1:1 Black & Yellow Mustard seeds) - 2 teaspoon
Mustard oil - 2 teaspoon
Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
Bay leaf - 1
Tomato Ketchup - 1/2 teaspoon (Optional)
Salt to taste


If you are using fresh paneer cut them into cubes and sprinkle some salt on them and leave for 10 minutes. If you are using 4-5days old paneer, I will suggest to sauté them with little salt (use refined oil). Now take a round shape tiffin box which perfectly goes inside your pressure cooker and you can close the lid of the cooker. Take a bowl and add poopy seed paste, mustard paste, tomato ketchup, turmeric powder, sugar & salt and mix them well. Add 1 tablespoon water into the mixture. Place the paneer cubes into the tiffin box and pour the prepared mixture into the box. Add green chilli, bay leaf and mustard oil from top and close the lid of the box. Now take water in your pressure cooker and place the tiffin box inside it. Tiffin box should float not completely submerged. Wait for 2-3 whistles and do not force release the pressure. Take out the tiffin box carefully and serve lovely steamed paneer in poppy seed gravy with plain rice.


  1. wow very delicious curry and tempting me dear !!

  2. That's a tempting one.. A interesting Bangla recipe with paneer :)

  3. looks very creamy and delicious !

  4. Paneer gravy looks rich and creamy Amrita.. Thanks for sharing :-)

  5. Thank you for linking the recipe to my giveaway

  6. Yummy, rich and creamy panneer dear... thanks for linking it to the wtml event, waiting for more yummy recipes...

  7. For me, poppy seeds have been a food memory associated with family, convivial visits and sharing, laughter and gaiety, and bring back warm memories of so many wonderful Christmases gone by.


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