Paneer Masala

Paneer Masala

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Whenever am discussing dinner menus with my friends, the common topic will be “what curry to make for chapathi/roti”. Since everybody has become health conscious these days, chapathi has become a staple dinner food and ladies of the house are worried how to make it more interesting with different varieties of side dishes.

Having said that, I should say this dish is a perfect one for roti/chapathi and also with white rice. This recipe is adapted from malayalam women’s magazine Vanitha. The title of this curry instantly caught my attention, they named it very aptly “chapathi currykal” (curries for chapathi). This is originally a butter chicken recipe and I have modified it into a paneer masala :)

Here goes the paneer masala recipe:

  1. Paneer cubes- 200 gm
  2. Onion – 2 medium chopped
  3. Capsicum – 1 small,cubed
  4. Tomato – 2 small cubed
  5. Ginger – 1 tbsp chopped
    Garlic – 1 tbsp chopped
    Chili powder – 1 tsp
    Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
    Pepper corns – 1/2 tsp
    Cinnamon – 1 small piece
    Clove – 3
    Cardamom – 3
    Jeera – a pinch
  6. Cashew – 6
    Poppy seeds – 1/2 tsp (optional)
  7. Oil
  8. Salt

Soak cashew & poppy seeds in 2 tbsp hot water for 10 minutes & grind into a smooth paste. Heat oil in a pan and fry number 5 ingredients. Once it is fried, allow it to cool. Grind the cooled ingredients with 1-2 tbsp of water to a coarse paste. In the same pan saute onion & capsicum till it becomes soft. Add the ground masala and combine well. When oil starts appearing, add tomato pieces and cook. When tomato becomes soft add paneer cubes, mix everything. Add 1/2 – 1 cup hot water and cover and cook for 5-7 minutes on low-medium flame. Once the gravy becomes thick add cashew paste and cook for 2 more minutes. Serve hot with roti/rice.

Suggested improvements:

  • Fry the paneer cubes before adding to the gravy.
  • Add 1 tsp of butter or ghee before adding tomatoes and in the end before adding cashew paste.
  • Add tomato puree instead of raw tomatoes.

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  • http://www.burntmouth.com Zlamushka

    fab curry. Looks so home-style and warming…

  • robs

    is it ingredients 4 or 5 that shd be fried and ground?

  • shyla

    is it ingredients 4 or 5 that shd be fried and ground?

  • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

    Hi Robs & Shyla

    It’s number 5 ingredients that is to be fried and ground,sorry for the confusion. I’ve corrected the recipe also. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Donna

    Dear Maria,

    I think when you don’t fry the paneer, it tastes better, because frying causes it to become rubbery.

    Love,
    DG

    • http://www.mariasmenu.com Maria

      Hi Donna,

      You can also use paneer without frying. Some people find it raw, if paneer is not fried. So its your choice :)

      Btw,w hen you fry the paneer, be careful not to over do it. In that case it will become rubbery. It has happened to me in the past. Just fry it till it gets a golden brown color.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Donna

    Dear Maria,

    I haven’t tried this recipe yet. Will try it soon and let you know.

    Cheers,
    Maria

  • Annie

    Tried this recipe and it tured out to be a great success! Thanks Maria, your recipes have made me wanting to cook more :) and even my hubby is interested in cooking now :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Annie,

      You are welcome! Its a pleasure to know that this site motivates you to cook :) Thanks a lot dear for posting your comment here.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • anjali

    hw many people does this recipe serve?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      It will serve around 3-4 people.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Beena

    Hi Maria!

    Your dishes are an absolute YUMM!! and actually easy to follow for people like me who are still amateurs in the kitchen :)

    i was actually looking for paneer recipes and came across this one and again found it easy! i jus wanted to know if we can substitute the raw tomatoes with tomato paste? if yes, then how many tblsps?

    Love,
    Beena

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Beena,

      Thanks a bunch dear! Though I havent tried it with tomato paste, I guess you can do it. Since readymade tomato paste tends to be stronger, you can start with 1 tbsp and then add more, after taste testing.

      Hope you could try this soon and like it too..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Beena Arun

    Hi Maria!
    Your dishes are an absolute YUMM!! and actually easy to follow for people like me who are still amateurs in the kitchen :)

    i was actually looking for paneer recipes and came across this one and again found it easy! i jus wanted to know if we can substitute the raw tomatoes with tomato paste? if yes, then how many tblsps?

    Love,
    Beena

  • rose

    Hello Maria,
    Yesterday I wanted to make a pander dish and I googled found a lots but the lazy me found everything complicated.then suddenly ur site struck my mind which has never disappointed me with easy tasty recipes.I was happy to find this paneer masala,while frying the no 5 ingredients I put more oil so I fried onions also in it and ground the whole thing together.it came out very good.thanks Maria.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Rose,

      I’m glad that you thought about this space :) thanks a lot dear for the wonderful comment!

      Keep trying the recipes :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • rani

    i tried it once and cameout well and today doing it again for my guests. hope they too will love it.thanks maria

  • Keerti

    Came out Yummy!!! thanks for the recipe.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Keerti :)

  • Arunima S V

    This recipe is very Simple to follow..I tried it and it turned out very well..absolutely yummy.. I made a small change. sauted onion and then tomato along with masala and grinded.. Also I din fry paneer cubes instead soaked it in hot water for a few minutes.. It came out well.thanks for the recipe. My husband loved it..

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Arunima,

      Thanks for the comment and also for sharing your variation here :) Good to know that you like dthe recipe.

      Cheers
      Maria

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