Monday, November 28, 2011

Paneer Butter Masala

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Ingredients (Serves 4 - 5):

Paneer                                     --   1 packet/250mg
Chilly powder                      --   ½ tsp
Coriander powder             --   1 tsp
Garam masala powder   --   ¼ tsp
Dried Kastoori methi leaves (crushed) - ¼ tsp
Tomato sauce                      --   1 tsp
Milk                                          --   1 cup
Cream                                     --   ½ cup + 1 tbsp for garnish
Water                                      --   ½ cup
Butter                                      --   1½ tbsp
Oil                                             --   1 tsp
Onion                                      --   1 chopped finely
Ginger garlic paste           --   1 tsp
Tomato                                  --   2 medium sized - to puree (comes to 1 cup)
Salt                                          --   to taste
Boil 2 cups of water and immerse the tomatoes in it. The skin of the tomatoes breaks up and now you can easily peel it off. Make a puree out of it and keep aside.
Add chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, dried kasoori methi leaves, tomato sauce and milk into a mixing bowl and whisk until they are well combined.
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Chop paneer into cubes. Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and fry it until the sides are slightly golden brown. Drain it. I like the non-fried ones and hence do not fry them usually. In that case, just make sure you do not break them in the gravy.
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Add butter into the same pan. Once the butter is melted, add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell goes off. Now add the finely chopped onions and fry them until golden brown.
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Now add the tomato puree and saute until the raw smell goes off and you get a slightly thick gravy. Simmer the flame and add the milk & spices mixture and water. Mix well and keep it for 5 - 6 minutes stirring in-between until the gravy is thick again.
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Now add the cream little by little. Make sure you stir continuously when you add the cream to prevent it from curdling, even though cream doesn't curdle as quick as milk. You can also replace the cream with whole milk to reduce the fat & calories.
Simmer again until it reaches the required consistency. This should have a semi-thick gravy. Now add the fried paneer cubes and mix well - carefully to make sure that the paneer cubes retain its shape. Switch off the flame and let it remain on the stove for at least 5 min.
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Garnish with cream. You can omit this too, if u want to avoid the extra calories.
Serve hot with rotis or naan.
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Recipe Courtesy : Vahrehvah


  1. Love this dish...yummm!


  2. I just cant stop drooling at this & longing for it for todays lunch..Maybe I will make it ;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  3. paneer butter masala looks delicious..loved your version without adding cashewnuts...

  4. i was thinking of posting my paneer butter masala recipe and havent got down to it..its one of my favs although not that forgiving to the hips :)

  5. Looks fabulous feel like eating it.

  6. so tempting, finger licking preparation

  7. Irresistible paneer butter masala,super inviting bowl.

  8. Creamy and rich curry..adipoli

  9. Wow rich looking super tempting paneer butter masala ,loving it.

  10. wow... paneer butter masala looks delicious...

  11. I made this for our Thanksgiving dinner :-) You got a beautiful color, mine was way too light

  12. Hi Nitha, Paneer Butter Masala is my favorite :) Beautiful clicks, tempting! :) I also follow VahreVah's recipe and it tastes wonderful with cream even if you use Tofu instead of Paneer!

  13. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!