Paneer Butter Masala

  Sep 01, 2020 |   Preeti Gupta |
  • 4 serves
  • 00h:15m prep
  • 00h:45m cook

Paneer Butter Masala is a popular and super-rich creamy North Indian or Punjabi curry made with cottage cheese. It is a vegetarian alternative to the famous butter chicken where paneer is replaced with chicken cubes. it is a premium curry ideally served with a choice of Indian flatbread or even with choice or rice recipes like jeera rice and ghee rice.

  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 250 grams Paneer cubes or Cottage Cheese
  • 3 Kashmiri Red Chilies
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Paste
  • 1 Bay leaves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 Cardamoms
  • 1/2 teaspoon Peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons Cashew Nuts Chopped
  • 1 teaspoon White Poppy Seeds Khus Khus (Optional)
  • 1 Onion roughly chopped
  • 6 Tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Kasuri Methi Dry
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Cream
  • Salt to taste
Cooking Instructions
  1. In a large pan or kadhai, heat a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of oil.
  2. Add red chilies, ginger, garlic paste, and all the whole spices (bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and peppercorns). Alternatively, you can also wrap the spices in a muslin cloth and add them to the pan (take this out after the tomatoes are cooked down). Saute for a minute or two and add cashew nuts, poppy seeds (if using) and onions.
  3. Once the onions turn translucent, add the tomatoes. Mix well.
  4. Cover and cook till the tomatoes start breaking down and the mixture starts leaving oil at the edges. Switch off the flame and set aside to cool.
  5. Once cool enough to handle, fish out as many whole spices as possible, and blend the mixture to a smooth paste in a food processor or blender.
  6. In the same pan or kadhai, heat the remaining butter and add the blended paste prepared in step #4.
  7. Add garam masala powder, chili powder, turmeric, ketchup, salt along with 1/2 cup water. Bring this to a boil.
  8. Once the curry comes to a boil, simmer and cook for 30 minutes, till the oil separates slightly.
  9. Cut the paneer into bite-sized pieces, add it to the gravy and mix gently.
  10. In another pan, dry roast the Kasuri methi and grind it to a fine powder. 
  11. Mix Kasuri methi and fresh cream in the curry and switch off the flame. Serve hot.

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