Paneer Masala (no added ginger – garlic paste) – A tasty and less spicy curry. Best with Indian breads / pulao / rice ..
For the onion paste:
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion (big size), roughly chopped
Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add chopped onions and fry until golden color. Switch off the heat. Keep aside to cool until room temperature and then make a smooth paste in a small mixer. Do not add water when making paste. Keep aside.
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
¾ teaspoon red chilli powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 ¼ teaspoon coriander powder
Fried onion paste
2 tablespoon tomato puree (or in a bowl, boil 2 tomatoes with 1/4 cup / 50 ml water for 10 minutes. Keep aside to cool until normal temperature. Gently remove the skin of the tomatoes and then make a smooth paste in a small mixer bowl (along with water, then it ‘ll be very creamy) or Microwave method – In a microwave safe bowl, boil 2 tomatoes (poke tomatoes) with ¼ cup water/ 50 ml water for 4 minutes on high power (750 W). Keep aside to cool until normal temperature. Gently remove skin and make a smooth paste in a small mixer bowl (along with water)
200 g paneer (cottage cheese), cut into desired shape and size or cubes
¾ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
¾ cup water (150 - 175 ml)
2 teaspoon fresh cream
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
Dilute red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder in 2 tablespoon water and make a smooth paste (spice mix).
Heat oil in a pan / karahi. Add sliced onion and fry on a medium to low heat until golden color.
Add diluted spice mix and gently fry on a low heat for 1 minute until the raw smell disappears / well combined with other ingredients.
Add tomato puree and fried onion paste. Stir well continuously for 2 – 3 minutes until well combined with other ingredients.
Add salt to taste and ¾ cup water. Gravy won't be tasty if it's more than 1 cup water. Mix all the ingredients well. Cover with a tight lid and cook on a medium to low heat for 10 minutes until it boils well / the gravy slightly thickens.
At this stage, add paneer cubes. Mix well. Cover again and cook on a medium for 5 minutes until done / paneer softens (paneer cooks very fast).
Switch off the heat. Now add 2 teaspoon fresh cream and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Creamy paneer masala is ready now. Serve hot with rotis / naan / parathas / pulao .. Consume immediately.