Paneer Butter Masala

 

Life has been pretty darned bad and hectic these last seven days…and I have been a helter -skelter running- harried-worried-scared mom!

As I rejoiced at the onset of monsoons in Raipur,  at the blooms flowering away gloriously in my garden and the gorgeous dark clouds visible in the horizon…little did I know that my joyous celebrations would be cut short drastically.. My little monkey ( that’s my 2 yr old daughter for the uninitiated) fell prey to the monsoon carnival hosted by viruses and promptly fell sick with a bad case of gastroenteritis!!
Needless to say, mood for celebration was OVER!!!

Lets just say I have been a pretty harried mom for the last week.. When your little one is sick and you are the sole care taker for the major part , you hardly get time to eat a peanut butter sandwich.. forget about making something delicious that this season calls for….

So anyways after going for a week without some good food ( not counting the banana choco cake I made ) I was definitely feeling sick myself!
I diagnosed myself with a case of withdrawal from gluttony!!
And the treatment had to be started pronto… and by that i mean , make use of the time baby is sleeping and get started harried mom!!

Off I went riding into the kitchen on my broom…  va va vrooom!!
(Yes… i can be a witch when I am mad) . Do not be afraid… Be sweet and read this ranting rambling post, and you will be safe… or I just might turn you into a tomato!!  😉

And guess what I found in the fridge??? NOTHING. Thats right…nothing green that is… but there was some paneer and some yumm red tomatoes and yes praise be to the Lord , some fresh cream!!!

Yay… what more could one want in life?? Immediately my mind jumped to pasta ( Pasta freak.. thats me)!
Fir khayal aaya bechaare hubby ka ( Eng : then my poor hubby came to my mind )
So after some more head scratching I had my Eureka moment.. Yes!! Paneer Butter Masala!!! Eureka eureka eureka!!!

Have you ever seen so excited at such a simple dish?? This must tell you how starved I was by now!! 😉
Anyways its really easy ..and a common affair in my kitchen and our tumms n tongues seem to love it ( not to mention my love handles ) 😛

This is what you need to do to get your panner/ butter/ yumm fix for the day!!

Ingredients :

  • Paneer ( cottage cheese) 500 gm
  • Butter 5 Tbsp
  • OIl 1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf 2
  • Cloves 2
  • Cardamom 3
  • Cinnamon 2 1 inch
  • Dried red chilles 2
  • Crushed coriander seeds 2 tbsp
  • Kasuri methi 1tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp
  • Red chillie powder 1 tbsp ( more of using Kashmiri like me)
  • Onion Paste ( grind 1 large red onion  finely)
  • Ginger paste 2 tsp
  • Garlic paste 2 tsp
  • Tomatoes 5-6 ( pureed)
  • Fresh cream 3-4 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Honey 1 tbsp
  • Cheese for garnishing

Method:

  • Start off by frying the paneer pieces lightly .. coat them with salt n turmeric and fry till golden brown. Drain on a tissue paper and keep aside.
  • Heat the butter with the oil till the butter starts frothing.. immediately add all the whole spices and saute till fragrant.Also add half the crushed coriander seeds.
  • Next add the onion paste and saute for a min.. then add the ginger garlic paste and saute well till the raw smell leaves.. add in the powdered  masalas and the remaining coriander seeds.. Saute for 30 secs.
  • Add the pureed tomatoes and fry the masala till the oil separates from the gravy and you can see gravy becoming thick and red.
  • Add half cup of water, the paneer pieces and simmer for 10 mins.. keep stirring to ensure that the masala doesnt get stuck.
  • Add in the kasuri methi ( crush it ) and the honey… stir lightly.
  • Cook for another 2-3 min till it reaches the desired consistency and is fragrant.
  • Remove from fire …serve with some fresh cream.. ( i fold my cream in ) ..
  • Garnish with some shaved cheese and coriander leaf… Serve hot with phulkas/ naan or even simple stir fried rice!! 

Enjoy…
A harried mom 😉


Heat three tablespoons butter with one teaspoon oil in a kadai. Add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies and half of the crushed coriander seeds. Sauté for half a minute. – See more at: http://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/recipe/Paneer-Butter-Masala.html#sthash.ugvpI3xe.dpuf

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) cut into triangles
    500 grams
  • Butter
    5 tablespoons
  • Oil
    1 teaspoon
  • Bay leaves
    2
  • Cloves
    2
  • Cinnamon
    2 one-inch
  • Dried red chillies broken
    2
  • Coriander seeds crushed
    2 tablespoons
  • Onion sliced
    1 medium
  • Ginger paste
    2 teaspoons
  • Garlic paste
    2 teaspoons
  • Coriander powder
    1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder
    1 teaspoon
  • Tomatoes chopped
    5-6 medium
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Kasoori methi crushed
    1/2 teaspoon
  • Fresh cream
    2 tablespoons
  • – See more at: http://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/recipe/Paneer-Butter-Masala.html#sthash.ugvpI3xe.dpuf

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    Paneer Butter Masala

    Paneer cooked in spicy rich tomato gravy

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    Preparation Time : 11-15 minutes

    Cooking time : 26-30 minutes

    Servings : 4

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    Paneer Butter Masala

    Main Ingredients

    Paneer (cottage cheese), Butter

    Cuisine

    Punjabi

    Course

    Main Course-Veg

    Level Of Cooking

    Medium

    Ingredients

    • Paneer (cottage cheese) cut into triangles
      500 grams
    • Butter
      5 tablespoons
    • Oil
      1 teaspoon
    • Bay leaves
      2
    • Cloves
      2
    • Cinnamon
      2 one-inch
    • Dried red chillies broken
      2
    • Coriander seeds crushed
      2 tablespoons
    • Onion sliced
      1 medium
    • Ginger paste
      2 teaspoons
    • Garlic paste
      2 teaspoons
    • Coriander powder
      1 teaspoon
    • Red chilli powder
      1 teaspoon
    • Tomatoes chopped
      5-6 medium
    • Salt
      to taste
    • Kasoori methi crushed
      1/2 teaspoon
    • Fresh cream
      2 tablespoons

    Method

    Step 1


    Heat three tablespoons butter with one teaspoon oil in a kadai. Add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies and half of the crushed coriander seeds. Sauté for half a minute.

    Step 2


    Add onion and stir-fry for thirty seconds and add ginger paste and garlic paste. Cook for another thirty seconds. Add coriander powder, red chilli powder and tomatoes. Cook on high heat till oil leaves the masala. Puree the mixture.

    Step 3


    Heat the remaining butter in a pan, cook the pureed mixture for two minutes. Add paneer pieces and salt. Add half a cup of water. Cook covered on low heat for five minutes.

    Step 4


    Sprinkle kasoori methi and mix in lightly. Remove from heat and mix in cream. Serve hot, garnished with remaining crushed coriander seeds.

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  • Paneer (cottage cheese) cut into triangles
    500 grams
  • Butter
    5 tablespoons
  • Oil
    1 teaspoon
  • Bay leaves
    2
  • Cloves
    2
  • Cinnamon
    2 one-inch
  • Dried red chillies broken
    2
  • Coriander seeds crushed
    2 tablespoons
  • Onion sliced
    1 medium
  • Ginger paste
    2 teaspoons
  • Garlic paste
    2 teaspoons
  • Coriander powder
    1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder
    1 teaspoon
  • Tomatoes chopped
    5-6 medium
  • Salt
    to taste
  • Kasoori methi crushed
    1/2 teaspoon
  • Fresh cream
    2 tablespoons
  • – See more at: http://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/recipe/Paneer-Butter-Masala.html#sthash.ugvpI3xe.dpuf

    – See more at: http://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/recipe/Paneer-Butter-Masala.html#sthash.ugvpI3xe.dpuf

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