Paneer Bhapa, Bengali Paneer Bhapa Recipe

Paneer Bhapa is a unique snack, which gets an inimitable flavour by virtue of being cooked inside banana leaf pockets. Cottage cheese that has been marinated in lemon juice is coated with a tongue-tickling masala of coconut and mustard, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked for a few minutes till the flavours fuse.

Although the procedure sounds a bit complex, it is actually quite simple and doesn’t take too much time, as you will realise when you try it. The Bengali Paneer Bhapa can be served as a statrer at parties .

Paneer Bhapa, Bengali Paneer Bhapa Recipe

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     14Makes 14 paneer bhapa
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14 paneer (cottage cheese) cubes , cut into 50 mm. x 50 mm. (2” x 2”)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste
15 banana leaves (kele ka patta) , cut into 175 mm. x 200 mm. (7” × 8”)
2 tbsp mustard (rai / sarsoon) oil for cooking

For The Mustard-coconut Mixture
2 tbsp mustard (rai / sarsoon) seeds
1 tbsp roughly chopped green chillies
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
salt to taste

  1. Combine the turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt in a deep bowl, add the paneer and mix gently. Cover it with a lid and keep aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Take each banana leaf and keep over an open flame flipping it 1 to 2 times using a tong, till they change colour and become soft. Keep aside.
  3. Place a banana leaf on a clean, dry surface, place 1 marinated paneer in the center of the leaf and apply a portion of the mustard – coconut mixture evenly over it.
  4. Bring two opposite sides of the banana leaf towards the centre overlapping each other.
  5. Fold the remaining two sides towards the centre overlapping it, and seal it using a toothpick.
  6. Repeat step 3 to 5 to make 13 more paneer bhapa.
  7. Heat 1 tbsp of mustard oil on a tava (griddle) and cook 7 paneer bhapa at a time, on a medium flame, till dark brown spots appear on both the sides.
  8. Repeat step 7 to cook the remaining 7 paneer bhapa in one more batch.
  9. Unwrap the paneer bhapa from the banana leaves and serve immediately.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per paneer bhapa
Energy62 cal
Protein1.4 g
Carbohydrates1.2 g
Fiber0.5 g
Fat5.7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium0 mg


Paneer Bhapa, Bengali Paneer Bhapa Recipe
 on 11 May 16 03:17 PM

Paneer bhapa.. a paneer delicacy.. which has a great flavour of mustard.. i just love this recipe.. as it has a nutty flavour of the coconut.. and the aroma of the banana leaves is just too good..