Paneer masala recipe

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Paneer Masala Recipe – A different method of making paneer curry or gravy. Usual ‘bhuno’ technique is not used here, so it is QUICK to make. The gravy is made from onion-tomato-yogurt and some spices.

Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

The method or procedure of making this paneer masala gravy is different than usual paneer gravy. Usually we saute the onion-tomato puree till oil leaves from the sides. This method is called ‘Bhuno’. This requires too much cooking time. But for this recipe, no bhuno technique is used. Hence, it is  quick to make.

Even though we are not sauteing the onion-tomato puree, the flavors and taste of the gravy is still delicious. Trust me. Try this  once, I am sure you will love this.

In the bhuno method, we saute the tomato puree for long time, so gravy usually gets the concentrated flavors of tomato. But here to get that similar flavors we are adding tiny amount of tomato ketchup. It works like a charm.

To thicken the gravy, cornstarch slurry is added. Because of this slurry, you won’t have the runny watery part in your plate separating from the gravy.

The spices used are regular and usual. No fancy ingredients needed.

As usual heavy cream aka malai is added at the end just like any other paneer dish to make it rich and creamy.

Check out more paneer curry /Gravy recipes 

Chole paneer  //  Paneer bhurji gravy  //  Paneer makhani  //  Paneer jalfezi  // Paneer butter masala


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1) Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add black cardamom. Saute for a minute, you will get nice aroma of it.

2) Add chopped onion, ginger, garlic and green chili. Sprinkle some salt on it to speed up the process.
Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

3) Mix well and cook.

4) Cook till onions get translucent.
Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

5) Add chopped tomatoes.

6) Mix and cook till tomatoes are soft and slightly mushy.
Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

7) Add plain yogurt.

8) Mix immediately and cook a minute. Turn off the stove. Let the mixture cool down a bit. Then Make smooth puree into blender or grinder.
Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

9) Pour the prepared puree back into the pan.

10) Add water to make the gravy consistency. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

11) While it is simmering, Prepare the corn flour slurry. In a small bowl, mix corn flour and water. Add it to the gravy. and stir well.

12) Add remaining salt, red chili powder, black pepper powder and garam masala.
Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

13) Mix well and simmer for 2 minutes.

14) Add ketchup and mix.
Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

15) Mix in paneer cubes.

16) Add crushed kasoori methi and stir.
Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

17) Add heavy whipping cream.

18) Mix well. Turn off the stove.
Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

19) Lastly add chopped cilantro leaves.

20) Mix well
Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

and paneer masala curry is ready to serve.

Serving suggestion: Serve paneer curry with naan, paratha, kulcha or tandoori roti. Serve some sliced onion, lemon wedges and salted lassi on side. It can be served with plain rice or jeera rice as well.

Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala

Paneer masala recipe | How to make paneer masala
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Paneer masala recipe (Paneer Curry Recipe)

The method of making paneer masala curry is little different that usual traditional recipe. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Calories 327 kcal
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

To saute and grind into paste:

  • 1 tablespoons Ghee (Clarified butter)
  • 1 Black cardamom
  • 1 medium or ¾ cup Onion roughly chopped
  • ½ inch Ginger
  • 2 cloves Garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 Green chili
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 large or 1 ½ cups Tomato roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup Plain yogurt

For paneer masala recipe:

  • 7 oz or 200 grams Paneer cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Corn flour (corn starch) dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed to make gravy consistency
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Kasoori methi (Dried fenugreek leaves) lightly crushed between your palm
  • 3-4 tablespoons Heavy whipping cream or fresh cream or malai Malai
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves finely chopped

Instructions

Making paste:

  1. Heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat and add black cardamom. Saute for a minute.

  2. Add chopped onion, ginger, garlic and green chili along with some salt and cook till onions are soft.

  3. Mix in chopped tomatoes and cook till they are soft and slightly mushy.

  4. Stir in whisked yogurt and turn off the stove

  5. Once mixture cools down make smooth puree into blender or grinder.

Making Paneer Masala Curry Recipe:

  1. Heat the prepared puree back into the pan along with water to make gravy.

  2. Let it simmer for 3-4 minutes on medium heat.

  3. Meantime in a small bowl, mix corn flour and water. Add it to the gravy and mix.

  4. Mix in remaining salt, red chili powder, black pepper powder and garam masala, cook for 2 minutes

  5. Add ketchup, paneer, kasuri methi and whipping cream, mix very well.

  6. Cook for 2 minutes then turn off the stove.

  7. Lastly add chopped cilantro leaves.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving

Nutrition Facts
Paneer masala recipe (Paneer Curry Recipe)
Amount Per Serving (360 g)
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 179
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.9g 31%
Saturated Fat 12.2g 61%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 1113mg 46%
Potassium 655mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 20.2g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g 14%
Sugars 9.3g
Protein 18.3g 37%
Vitamin A 51%
Vitamin C 42%
Calcium 18%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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