Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paneer Butter Masala

This rich creamy curry is a fave in my house. I made a note of this recipe from Nita Mehta's Paneer book .
Making this is very easy and hardly takes any time.
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • small piece of ginger about 1/4 tsp when grated
  • 1 flake garlic
  • 2 big tomatoes
  • 1/2 block paneer(125 gm)
  • 4-5 cashew kernels crushed to a coarse powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of kasuri methi leaves
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp corainder powder
  • pinch of cumin powder
  • 1/2 big capsicum or 1 small capsicum sliced into rings
  • 2 green chillies slit
  • 1 small onion sliced into rings

  • Grind onion ginger garlic to a paste without adding water.
  • Grind the tomatoes to make puree.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil and fry the onion paste till cooked but not brown.
  • Add the coarse cashew powder,coriander powder,cumin powder,crushed kasuri methi,garam masala powder,red chilli powder and saute for a minute.
  • Add half cup milk and cook till the mixture thickens.
  • Add sugar.
  • Add the tomato puree/paste.If using canned tomato paste add about 2 tsps.
  • Cook till the raw smell disappears and tomato puree is all cooked.Add salt to taste.
  • Now keep this gravy off the heat.
  • In a separate pan heat about 1 tsp butter or just as needed to fry. Add sliced capsicum/green pepper,onion rings and slit green chillies. Once onions and capsicum are cooked add these to the gravy. In the same pan fry half of the paneer cubes till light brown just so that they dont crumble in the gravy.
  • Add the remaining half cubes just as is.
Stir everything gently and keep the gravy on low flame for 10 mins .Now Rich and creamy Paneer Butter Masala is ready to serve .


  1. Appetizing gravy, thick and tasty. Slurp!

  2. Hi Madhavi,
    It looks yummy, I will give it try and let you know. I am a big fan of Paneer.

  3. Hi Madhavi,
    Thanks for visiting my blog...the curry looks rich and creamy....sure will visit often....


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