Paneer Masala

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 :)

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  • 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.

  • Dear Maria,

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

    Love,
    DG

    • 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

  • 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 :)

  • 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

    • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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..

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