Sana Thongba|Manipuri Paneer curry

Sana Thongba means Paneer Curry is a pure Manipuri dish which is simple and quick to make using very minimal ingredients.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Currry, Indian Cotttage Cheese, Manipur Cuisine, Paneer, Regional
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 250-300 gms Paneer cubed (Indian cottage cheese)
  • 1/2 Cup Green Peas
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Nigella Seed /Kalonji
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger or ginger paste
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp ghee (Clarified Butter for shallow frying paneer)


  1. Cut the Paneer into cubes.
  2. In a pan add oil or ghee and shallow fry the paneer lightly until golden brown.
  3. In the same pan, add 1 tbsp oil. Add in the bay leaves, and nigella seeds and cook for 30-40 seconds.
  4. Add ginger and fry them on low for 30-40 seconds.
  5. Add green peas and saute for 2-3 minutes on low.
  6. Add turmeric and chili powder and cook for another minute or so.
  7. Now add milk, water and salt.
  8. Increase the heat and bring the mix to boil.
  9. Reduce, add the paneer and simmer until the gravy thickens. 10-15 mins approximately.
  10. Enjoy with Rice or some phulkas.