Monday, January 28, 2013

Paneer Butter Masala | Version 1.1

I already have a paneer butter masala recipe in my blog which was adapted from vahrevah chef. That recipe is entirely different from the one am gonna share now. I used milk to make the gravy rich but if you are not calorie conscious like me then use cream to thicken the gravy. It tasted more like the PB masalas that you get in restaurants sans the excess oil floating on top and the food color. But if you feel that you need the restaurant-y look then you can add a pinch of red food color.

Whenever we visit restaurants its only non veg for us. Its a strict no-no for veg dishes. But if at times we get bored with having non veg dishes, the first thing that our eyes look out in the menu card is paneer based recipes and paneer butter masala is the default dish that gets ordered everytime. I would say paneer is a vegetarians savior.

I like to try the PB masala of different restaurants and I would say till date I haven't come across the perfect PB masala. Sometimes the paneer is too hard, sometimes the paneer tastes too chalky, the gravy is so creamy or so sweet at times, something or the other goes wrong with the dish. Whenever I have a sucking PB masala, I swear that I will never order one the next time and then I come home and start browsing for recipes. Nothing can beat the freshness of homemade gravies and when you can control the spicyness, the creaminess and the richness as you wish, you get a gravy that suits your taste buds. So why fuss over the restaurant ones... problem solved... make your own PB masala.
But over the time, I have to visit a restaurant, I have to order a PB masala and then I have to sulk over it. Thats how the circle atleast for me goes on.

~*What U Need*~
Paneer cubes - 200 gms
Onion - 1, large
Tomatao - 1, large
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts, almonds - 5-8
Milk - 1/2 cup
Kasoori methi - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Butter 2 tsp
Water - 1/4 cup

Butter - 1 tbsp
Cardamom - 1
Clove - 1
Cinnamon - 1"

How I Made it:
Heat 2 tsp butter in a pan and fry cubed onions and tomatoes until brown and mushy. Grind this to a smooth paste.

Soak cashews and almonds in 2 tbsp warm milk for 15 mins. Grind to a smooth paste. Fry the paneer cubes for 4-5 mins till the raw smell goes off. Keep immersed in hot water.

Heat 2 tbsp butter, add cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and fry. Add the ground onion-tomato paste and give it a stir. Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric and ginger garlic paste. Mix well.

Once this is thick, add the crushed kasoori methi leaves. Add the ground cashew and mix well. Fry for another 2 minutes. Add required milk and water slowly as you stir. Season with salt. When you get the desired consistency, add drained paneer. Heat in medium-low for another 2 mins and then switch off.

Serve hot with roti/ naan or pulaos/pilafs.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Easy way to prepare this yummmy masala,looks nice!!

  2. Aww..i love paneer.. and this is making me sooo hungry ! :P :D

  3. sounds so good -
    Mary x

  4. Looks so tempting... Yum yum yum

  5. Hey I have posted a similar dish today, matar paneer, paneer butter masala looks rich and creamy..

  6. looks so tempting butter paneer masala... poori udan sapida super ra irukum..

  7. Mouthwatering paneer butter masala.

  8. Paneer butter masala looks really yumm with poori.

  9. delicious mouth watering paneer butter masala gravy.

  10. poori n butter masala looks very inviting..very nice pics n presentation..liked ur version of PBM !

  11. Delicious paneer butter masala, my favorite. Nice and easy recipe.

    Spill the Spices

  12. Love the texture of paneer....looks so creamy...

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  14. i am loving the combo poori n pbm.. yumm o yumm..nice version of making it.. hv not tried it.. bookmarked..

  15. Anything with Paneer is in for me.. This one is so tempting

  16. ah i made this slight different its in my draft and it came out real yummy

  17. Creamy & delicious curry!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  18. That looks so delicious and creamy, reminds me of restaurant style ones you get outside. Beautiful!

  19. perfect looking paneer butter masala..

  20. Mouthwatering Paneer Butter Masala....

  21. tq for visiting...

    yummy n creamy...paneer...

  22. Hi Vimitha, lovely masala. Guess the gravy itself already very tempting. I may need 2 plates of rice. :)

  23. Your recipe is looks awsme, you give the easiest way to prepare this recipe, from your recipe tips many people gets advantage. Regards, Paneer Butter Masala


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