Paneer Butter masala is probably one of the most famous paneer dishes. It is pretty easy to make and tastes delicious. I make it often for my dinner parties and it is always appreciated. My version is inspired from Nisha Madhulika’s recipe. You can enjoy it with either Tandoori Roti, Naan or just with steamed rice. It will taste delicious either ways. I can assure you that.
I have already shared a Cilantro Paneer recipe with you guys. You can find it here, just in case you missed it.
Here is how I make this lip smacking delight 😛
Butter – 2 tbsp
Fresh Paneer – 250 grams
Tomatoes – 3, medium
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Green chilly – 2, optional, to taste
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Red Chilly Powder – 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp
Coriander & Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Kasoori Methi Powder or Dry Fenugreek Leaves powder – 1 tsp
Sugar – 1/2 tsp, optional
Fresh Cream – 1/2 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish
- Cut paneer into small cubes and keep it soaked in warm water until ready to use. This ensures your paneer will stay soft in the gravy. You can skip this step if you are using fresh home made paneer.
- In a blender, make a smooth paste of the tomatoes, ginger and green chilly. Add some water, if needed. I recommend straining this puree through a strainer to get a silky smooth gravy.
- Heat the butter in a pan and add this tomato puree. Allow it to cook for a few minutes till you see some butter separating from the masala.
- Now add in the dry spices – salt, turmeric, red chilly powder, coriander and cumin powder and the sugar. Mix well. Add 1/2 cup of water and let it come to a boil.
- Add fenugreek leaves powder and garam masala powder to the gravy. Finally add in the paneer cubes and mix everything well. Cover and cook for a few minutes.
- Finally, mix in the cream, cook for another minute and turn off the flame.
- Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot with your choice of Indian bread or rice.
So that was the super easy and super delicious recipe of my version of Paneer Butter Masala.
Do give this a try and let me know if you like it.
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