Paneer butter masala

paneer, cubed                       :around 300 gm
tomato, diced                        :2
onion, diced                          :2
cashew nuts                          : 6-8
green chilly                           : 1

Butter                                   : 4 tbspn
Ginger -Garlic Paste              : 1 tbspn
paprika powder                     : 1 1/2 tbspn
salt                                        : to taste
honey/sugar                           : 2 tbspn
cardamom powder                 :1/2 tspn
garam masala powder            :1 tbspn
kasoori methi powder             :2 tbspn
cream                                    :about 5 tbspn

  • Cut the paneer into small cubes and fry slightly till golden colour. However this frying step is optional
  • Sauté the tomatoes, onions, green chilly and cashew nuts together in a pan with little oil for 4-5 mins or till they softens and all the raw smell vanishes

  • Blend these ingredients to a fine purée
  • Take some butter in the same pan , add ginger garlic paste, add the paprika powder, saute for just 30 sec n add in the puree. Cover and cook for some time(about 15 mins) till all the raw smell disappears

  • after 15-20 mins add honey, kasoori methi powder, salt and cardamom powder

  • Add the paneer cubes, cover and cook for 5 more mins
  • lastly add the garam masala, stir and finally top up with some fresh cream
  • Serve with chapati or rice

  • Its better to fry the paneer before adding into the gravy if its not fresh.
  • Store brought tomato puree could also be used instead of fresh ones. in this case it could be directly added without sautéing and grinding
  • Slightly roast the kasoori methi in a shallow pan, add by rubbing it between both the palms

   preparation and cooking time: 30 mins

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