Paneer Butter Masala

This is for all the paneer lovers out there! Arguably one of the most popular dishes in Indian cuisine. The dish is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. It is ideal for parties, as it is both simple and delicious. Try this with chappatis or rice 🙂

Time:

  • Prep time – 15 minutes
  • Cook time – 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Paneer (Cut into small cubes) – 350 g
  • Large red onion (chopped) – 1
  • Roma Tomato (chopped) – 1
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • Unsalted butter – 2 tbsp
  • Small Indian Green Chilli (chopped) – 2
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cayenne powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Methi leaves (dry) – 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Tomato paste – 2 tbsp (I like to add more as I love the flavor)
  • Heavy cream – 1/2 cup (OPTIONAL)
  • Cashews – 10
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Coriander for garnish

Method:

  1. Marinate the paneer with (Salt – 1/8 tsp, Yogurt – 1 tsp, Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp, and Garam masala – 1/8 tsp). Set aside for 15 minutes
  2. In a large wok, saute the paneer for 5 minutes in 1 tsp olive oil and set aside
  3. In a deep dish pan, add the olive oil and unsalted butter. Heat this, then add the onions, tomatoes, green chilli and ginger garlic paste. Saute until brown
  4. Add the masalas and saute
  5. Add tomato paste and mix well into the rest. I add extra tomato paste as I enjoy this flavor
  6. Add the heavy cream, cashews, and methi leaves. Mix well until well combined. Reduce heat
  7. Take the whole gravy and put into a blender. Blend until it is a smooth paste
  8. Take a serving dish, pour in the blended gravy. Add the paneer. Mix the paneer into the gravy
  9. Garnish with coriander and enjoy 🙂

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