Paneer Butter Masala

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Paneer Butter Masala
Paneer Butter Masala (पनीर बटर मसाला) or paneer makhani (पनीर मखनी, मसालेदार पनीर मखनी) is a restaurant style paneer made in rich and creamy masala base.

INGREDIENTS

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) cut into cubes – 1 packet (200 grams)
  • Tomatoes chopped – 5-6
  • Ginger (grated) – 1/2 inch
  • Green chilli (chopped) – 1
  • Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander (Dhania) powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Kasoori methi – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste – 1 teaspoon approx
  • Asafoetida (hing) – a pinch
  • Cumin seeds (jeera) – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cashew nuts – 2-3
  • Cream – 2-3 tablespoons
  • Oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Water – 2cups

METHOD

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add asafoetida (hing) & cumin seeds (jeera).
  • As they crackle, add grated ginger.
  • As ginger turns light brown, add the chopped tomatoes & green chilli.
  • Add coriander (dhania) powder, turmeric powder, salt & red chilli powder to the tomatoes.
  • Mix them well.
  • Cook the tomatoes for 7-10 minutes.
  • After 7-10 minutes, turn off the flame & allow the mixture to cool down.
  • Grind this mixture in a mixer grinder.
  • Next, put this mixture back in the pan & turn on the flame.
  • Add kasoori methi & sugar to the mixture.
  • Cook it well till the mixture starts leaving oil.
  • Next, take the cashew nuts & make a paste.
  • Add a little water to the paste & then add it to the tomatoes.
  • Mix them well & then add 1/2 a cup water to the tomatoes.
  • Bring them to a boil & then add the rest of water.
  • Boil it well to make a slightly thick gravy.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of cream to this gravy on a lower flame.
  • You can use either dairy fresh cream or Amul packaged cream for this purpose.
  • Boil them for a little while till it is absorbed well by the gravy. This will take 1-2 boils.
  • Now, add paneer cubes to the gravy.
  • Allow them to boil (1-2 boils)
  • Once cooked well, turn off the flame.
  • Add garam masala & mix, garnish with coriander.
  • Paneer butter masala is ready to serve.