Saturday, February 19, 2011


 Paneer butter masala - A delicious 
punjabi recipe with soft paneer chunks cooked in a tomato based gravy with the richness of cream and cashews. 
 This recipe is for my close friend Mekha, who is a big fan of paneer.

Ingredients : 

Paneer  : 200g, cubed
Onion  : 2, Cubed
Ginger : 1inch piece
Garlic : 5cloves
Green Chilli :  2
Chilli Powder  : 2tsp 
Corander Leaves ; 1/4Cup, Chopped 
Garam Masala : 1/2tsp
Cumin powder  : 1/2tsp
Kasoori Methi Powder : 1/2tsp 
Tomato : 2, make a paste
Cashew  : 10, Soaked in water  
Cream : 1/2Cup 
Sugar : 1tsp
Butter  : 1tbsp 
Oil : 1tbsp
Tomato Sauce : 2 1/2tbsp
Orange-Red Food Color : a pinch

Method :

1. Heat oil in a pan and cook the onions for 5minutes.Remove from fire and let it reach room temperature. Now grind along with soaked cashews. Keep aside.

2. Make a paste of ginger, garlic, green chillies and half of coriander leaves. 

3. Heat butter in a kadai. Add the paste of  ginger, garlic, green chillies and coriander leaves and saute for 5minutes in medium flame.

4. Now turn to low flame and add chilli powder and cumin powder. Add tomato paste and tomato sauce after few minutes and saute well till oil appears and water absorbs completely from tomatoes. 

5. Now add 1 1/2 Cups of water and close the kadai with a tight lid. After 5minutes add the paneer cubes, Onion-cashew paste,  salt, garam masala, kasoori methi powder, sugar and food color (mixed with 1tbsp of water). 

6. Cook for 5minutes in medium flame and finally add cream and coriander leaves. turn of the flame immedietly after combining cream to the gravy.

7. Serve hot with  any indian flat bread / pulao

Note  :You can add capsicum or green peas to the butter masala. if adding capsicum add it in the 4th stepbefore tomato paste. If your choice is green piece add it along with paneer cubes in 5th step.

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  1. Looks so yum ....the colour is so gud

  2. wow!!looks creamy and yummy dish!!!nice colour!

  3. The picture is really enticing...lovely


  4. that looks very yummy and creamy too. nice click too

  5. I also prepare this in the same manner only don't add that much tomato sauce as it i don't like the sweet taste it leaves.
    Your clicks are alluring.....
    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Paneer mutter masala looks delicious. i love creamy rich curries.

  7. kidilan.....lenase evide kanane illallooooo?

  8. OMG that looks absolutely delicious and this is my fav one.. love love love it.

  9. This looks delicious! I have always wanted to try paneer in curry. Got to make it soon!

  10. wow this paneer butter masala looks too good. adipoli recipe anu tto.

  11. Adipoli ayitundu,delicious paneer curry.

  12. Slurp, soooooooo delicious and prefect looking paneer butter masala..

  13. Any paneer dish is my fav n this one is super favorite! Your pics are stunning n very tempting :)

    US Masala

  14. Hmmm, mouthwatering gravy. Your picture looks really beautiful. I love your pudding too.

  15. Lena..that looks so perfect and yummy!!!

    btw...thanks a bunch for the good words...
    Enikku pokkam kuravayirunnu..athokke kettappol 2 inch koode vechu...hahhaha
    Hws ur vava doing??

  16. Hi First time on your blog, I think...That is such a yum-delicious picture - I am getting hungry all over again!

  17. wow wonderful masala,my fav with pulaov...tempting click:)