Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala
As the name suggests, this recipe consists of flavored paneer cubes dipped in rich, creamy absolutely smooth gravy. This special gravy has cashews, heavy cream (nobody can go wrong with these ingredients) and all spices for great flavor.It is also one of the most requested entrees in Indian cuisines.

Ingredients: [for 6 servings]
Paneer – 1 lbs

For sauce or gravy:
Onion - 1 (pureed)
Tomato puree - 1 cups
Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Paneer - 2 tbsp grated
Cashew nuts - ¼ cup powdered
Green chili - 1 tsp (finely chopped) [OPTIONAL]
Heavy cream - 3/4 cup
Olive oil – 1 tbsp
Butter - 1tbsp
Sugar/Honey - 2 tsp

Dry Spices:
Whole garam masala - 1 tbsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - ½ tsp
Red chili powder - ½ tsp
Coriander powder - ½ tsp
Garam masala powder - ½ tsp
Tandoori masala - ¼ tsp
Salt as per taste

  • Cut paneer in triangles put some salt and tandoori masala on paneer pieces and keep aside for at least 20 minutes.
  • Very lightly shallow fry paneer cubes in 1 tbsp of oil. Keep aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan. Add whole garam masala. Let it crackle. Add cumin to it. Then add pureed onions and sauté them, till turns light golden. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and chopped green chilies (optional). Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato puree, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt. Add grated paneer and cashew nut powder to the gravy. Bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add honey to it. Stir in heavy cream and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add Paneer pieces to the gravy. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
Enjoy with fresh naan, paratha or steamed basmati rice.

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