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Sana Thongba|Manipuri Paneer curry

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.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Currry, Indian Cotttage Cheese, Manipur Cuisine, Paneer, Regional
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 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)


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