Thursday, August 7, 2014

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer (Cottage Cheese) or Tofu (Paneer from Soya Milk) - 2 cups ( 200 gms)
Onions - 1 Big
Tomato - 2 Big
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Garlic - 6 pods
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Coriander Leaves - 1 tsp
Garam masala -  1 tsp 
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Tomato ketchup 2 tsp (optional)
Kasuri methi - 1/4 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup 
Cashew nuts - 6
Fresh Cream 1/2 cup
Butter or oil- 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste

Soak cashews in milk for 10 mins and grind it to paste, set aside.

Clean and cut Paneer into cubes. Heat 2 tbsp oil / butter in a pan and fry the Paneer/tofu cubes until golden brown. Drain and set aside.
In the same pan, add cubed onions, tomato, garlic, ginger and saute till  they are soft. When this is cool grind this in a mixer to a fine paste.
To the pan add this paste ,Coriander Powder, garam masala Powder, chilli Powder, Sugar and salt. Fry for 30 seconds. To this, add the Cashew Paste and fried paneer/ tofu pieces. Lower fire and cook covered for 5 mins.
Dry roast Kasuri Methi, crush a little by hand and add to the gravy. Top this off with 1/2 cup cream. Mix well and simmer on low fire for 3-4 mins. Adjust salt.
Remove from fire. Garnish with corriander leaves , Butter and cream.
 Serve paneer butter masala warm with rotis / naan/ veg pulao / jeera rice, etc......:)


  1. Tried making this today and it turned out super nice and rich and creamy. Thanks Nita


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