Sana Thongba / Manipuri Paneer Curry

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a simple yet flavorful paneer dish from Manipuri cuisine


  • Paneer (sana)(cut into 1 inch cube) 200 gm
  • Potato (medium) (chopped into 1 inch size) 1 no.
  • Green pea (fresh) 1/2 cup
  • Milk 1 cup
  • Onion (medium) (finely sliced) 1 no.
  • Ginger garlic paste 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seed 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Mustard oil 1 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves (finely chopped) 2 tbsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Water as needed


  1. First heat mustard oil in a pan.
  2. Add in cumin seeds and allow to crackle.
  3. Then add onion slices and saute till translucent.
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw aroma goes away.
  5. Next put the potato pieces, green peas and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Then add paneer / sana cubes and fry gently till paneer cubes start looking golden brown.
  7. Sprinkle turmeric powder, salt and mix everything well gently.
  8. Fry for 1 minute more and then pour 1/3rd cup water.
  9. Cover the pan with a lid and allow to cook till potato pieces are done.
  10. Next add milk and allow to boil.
  11. When the boiling starts, immediately turn off heat.
  12. Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and serve hot along with steamed rice !

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