May 19, 2012

Paneer Butter Masala - Quick and Easy version

Quick and simple home made version of the paneer butter masala found at most of the restaurants. One of the most ordered dishes at restaurants but this one does taste quite different from the typical restaurant taste. Wish very simple ingredients its a very easy recipe and can be made quickly. Basic ingredients are Paneer, cream, tomato puree and kasuri methi. Kasuri methi is very important as it adds a very distinct flavor to the dish and complements paneer and cream very well.


Paneer 1 cup diced
Tomato 4 pureed or 1 can
Cream 1/2 cup
Kasuri Methi 3 tsps
Red chilli powder 2 tsp
Garam masala 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Jeera 1 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Cinnamon stick 1
Cloves 3
Bay leaf 1

Heat oil in a pan and add the whole garam masalas and jeera. Once they crackle add a tspn of the kasuri methi and let it fry and next add the tomato puree and let it cook. Add the red chilli powder, salt and garam masala. Add water if needed but make sure to not make it very dilute. Meanwhile if you prefer you can shallow fry the paneer cubes in oil. Once it boils for minutes add the paneer cubes and let it boils for 2 more minutes. Add the cream to make it of desired consistency and turn it off after a minute. Now add the left over kasuri methi and make sure to crush it a bit before adding it, that will enhance the flavor.

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