Aug 29, 2011

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala

(Lightly seasoned paneer dish enriched with butter and cream. An all - time favorite dish in Indian cuisine)

Serves: 3
Time required: 30 minutes


1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, finely sliced
2 tablespoons (30 g) cashew nuts
1 tablespoon ginger - garlic paste
2 tablespoons tomato puree
1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder (or mix 2 pinches clove powder, 2 pinches nutmeg powder and 2 pinches cinnamon powder)
200 ml water (1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
200 g paneer (cottage cheese), cut into desired shape & size
1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh cream (or to taste)
1 teaspoon coriander leaves, chopped


Grind cashew nuts in a mixer to a fine powder.

Melt butter in a non stick pan and fry sliced onions till golden color and crisp.

Add the cashew nut powder and fry till golden color on a very low heat. Stir continuously.

Add ginger - garlic paste and saute on a low heat for 2 - 3 minutes or until the raw smell disappears.

Maintain low heat. Add tomato puree, chilli powder, salt and garam masala powder (cinnamon - nutmeg - clove powder). Stir well for 2 minutes.

Add 200 ml (1 cup) water. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes and cook till the gravy thickens.

Add paneer pieces and cook for 8 -10 minutes or until paneer softens / gravy thickens. Switch off the heat.

Add fresh cream, mix well.

Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves. Serve with any Indian bread of your choice (Best combination is with Naan / Butter Naan / Garlic Naan).

Consume immediately (or if kept for a long time it may become hard and less tasty).


Aarthi said...

this is so delicious...I love it..Thanks for the recipe...

Vimitha Anand said...

who wont love this gorgeous masala. Love it anytime

Priya said...

My all time fav..

Rani acharyulu said...

Delicious paneer butter masala...yummy recipe.You have so nice to follow drop in my place and give your wonderful comments.