Thursday, 27 September 2007

Paneer Butter Masala

"Paneer Butter Masala", the most common name in almost all the menu cards of all the Indian restaurants, and the most common item which people tend to order :) and I am one of them.
All the paneer dishes sound so delicious and exotic. And everyone agrees with me, so have you ever tried making Paneer at home? If the answer is "No", then you must surely try it.
Making Paneer at home is not only easy but also fun. There is a satisfaction and happiness when we cook dishes with Paneer made at home :)
The process of making paneer is very simple. All we need is, Milk, Half a Lemon, a Big pot and a clear Towel.
I have explained the process of making it here.

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Paneer Butter Masala

Coming to the recipe...


Paneer: 250gms
Tomatoes: 3, chopped
Onions: 3, chopped
Garam Masala: 1 tsp
GingerGarlic Paste: 1 Tbsp
Cashew Nuts: Fistful, soaked in water for 15 mins and grind to get a smooth paste.
Dry Red Chilies: 5, adjust acc. to your taste buds
Corriander leaves: 1 small bunch
Mint leaves: a few
Kasoori Methi: 1 tsp
Salt: To taste
Cream: 2 Tbsp
Oil: 3 Tbsp
Water: 75 ml

How I did it:
  1. Take a deep saucepan, and add water, tomato, onion, dry red chilies, mint leaves. Cover and boil till done.
  2. Keep aside to cool. Then grind them and sieve to get the masala paste.
  3. Heat a little oil and fry the paneer pieces and keep aside for further use.
  4. Heat oil in a wide heavy-bottomed pan.
  5. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears.
  6. Add cashew paste and fry for few more mins.
  7. To this add the masala paste, salt and cook covered on medium flame, stirring in between for 15 to 20 mins.
  8. Add the paneer pieces and Garam Masala and cook for 5 more mins.
  9. Finally add kasoori methi and cream. Garnish with coriander leaves
  10. Serve hot with Rotis, Jeera Rice or Ghee Rice.

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Paneer Butter Masala

And the Verdict:
Rich and Creamy!!!
"The way to Man's heart is through his Stomach", serve it to your loved one, and may what your wish be, it will be fulfilled in seconds ;)

Other Paneer dishes posted Kadai Paneer.


sunita said...

That's one of my favourites too...your's look delicious.

Srivalli said...

mine too...and yours is looking very rich...

TBC said...

Never made paneer at home. My hubby loves paneer. Your PBM looks great-very rich & creamy looking.

Laavanya said...

Looks very rich and creamy Cinnamon.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

This is one of my fav side dishes with nan/roti etc.......My version is slightly different...will post it sometime...Ur bowl of curry looks great ;-)

Siri said...

Dear Cinnamon, "Paneer Butter Masala" is a classic dish of all paneer dishes.. and a must order when we got to North-Indian restaurants.. I have all the ingredients except the Kasoori Methi.. will get it this weekend abd try ur recipe.. Thanks dear..:D.. the pic looks fab..

Happy cook said...

Yeah i too order paneeer Butter masals when i goes out. Should try to make your recipe once.
It looks so delicious

Pooja V said...

this is a MUST in any resturant if we are eating veg. Thanks for the recipe, I am rushing to pantry to check for paneer.

Apple said...

Delicious....Spanz nenu ee roju paneertho edo okati cheddamanukuntoo vunna....'ll make palak paneer and post on my blog

Sandeepa said...

Classic and yummy.

Jyothi said...

Hi Cinnamon! hhhhmmm...yummy. I am big fan of paneer. I love to try this recipe. Bookmarked. Looks lovely and rich. Thanks for sharing dear.

Shella said...

It looks gorgeous!!! Cant wait to try it out soonest.

Madhu said...

Looks delicious, this is differnt recipe and easy one. Can't wait to try it.

Nabeela said...

Although paneer is not exaclty my favorite...your dish with its rich gravy looks absolutely appetising!

Sharmi said...

different look to the masala. I mean the color. looks nice.

Asha said...

My favorite too but with reddish color.I made it for Sunday lunch, will post later.
Gravy looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipe:))

Rajitha said...

yumm..looks so good...will try out urs for sure

Suganya said...

I love visiting yr blog. It has this warm and cozy feeling. Now that fall has arrived, cinnamon is special ;)

Tee said...

couldn't agree more :) Paneer butter masala looks delish! :)

Mansi Desai said...

who's favourite is it not??!! :)

I make it more creamier, so the color more orangish...

Prajusha said...

paneer butter is one of many favourite and i love all paneer dishes.looks yummy and delicious.

Linda said...

Hi Cinnamon, thanks for visiting my blog :) You have so many lovely recipes here! This paneer dish looks amazingly rich. Would like to try some now :)

bhags said...

PBM is my all time fav and this undoubtly one dis we never fail to order while eating out.....ur looks just fine

Meeta said...

Oh wow! look at all that thick scrumptious gravy. My mouth is watering Cinn!

SeeC said...

Looks very rich and different texture.

My fav too.

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