March 21, 2014

Paneer butter masala

The kids are beginning to play together. It is a lot of fun watching them chase each other or Tiny M laugh at Lil A's shenanigans. But there are also times when they want to play with the same toys and there is a lot of negotiation and 'taking turns' involved.

Last week, we were at a friend's house who has a daughter about the same age as Tiny M. Most of the time she and Tiny M ignore each other. This time, however, they both were hanging out in the kitchen by the fridge playing with magnets and invariably wanted the same magnet. Suddenly Lil A appeared next to them, picked out a bunch of magnets gave it to Tiny M and said, "Here, these are your magnets."

I was surprised by his possessiveness and protectiveness for his little brother. I had no idea. Reminded me of me with my little brother.

Lil A has recently started eating paneer and so I am trying new recipes with it. I made paneer butter masala for a get together a few weeks back and it came out quite good, if I can say so myself. No cream in this, almonds give it a rich taste.

The raisins provide a hint of sweetness that goes well with paneer. I even took step by step pictures. But once it was made, I forgot to take the last picture and the paneer butter masala was gone soon.

I pack paneer - cut in cubes
kasuri methi 1 tspoon
1 medium onion - chopped
1 1/2 tomatoes - chopped
1" ginger - chopped
3-4 cloves garlic - chopped
2 tspoon raisins
2 tbspoon - almonds
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1/4 tspoon red chilli powder (you can increase according to taste)
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon kasuri methi 1 stick cinnamon
3-4 cardamoms
2-3 cloves
1/4 tspoon nutmeg powder
2 bay leaves
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
4 tbspoon oil
salt to taste

Heat 2 tbspoon oil and saute the paneer till they start to turn color. Take them out and soak them in warm water with salt. Set aside.

Paneer butter masala
Heat the rest of the oil and temper it with cumin seeds and bay leaves. They add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg. Once the aroma comes, add onions, ginger and garlic.

Paneer butter masala
Saute for 5 minutes and then add tomatoes and the spices - tumeric powder and coriander powder. In the meantime, soak the almonds and raisins in warm water for 5 minutes. Then grind the onion mixture with the almonds till it become a fine paste. Heat 1 tspoon of oil and add the mixture back in the pan and let it cook for another 3-4 minutes till the mixture gets dry and starts to leave the sides.

Paneer butter masala
Add the paneer, about 1 1/2 cup of water, salt and let it cook for another 3 minutes on low heat with closed lid. Then add the kasuri methi and let it cook uncovered for a minute and then take it off the heat.
Paneer butter masala
Serve with naan, roti, pulao or white rice.


  1. Last photo ta ekdom perfect Mandira. Ki bhalo dekhte hoyeche gravy ta ... ghono ar makha makha.

    1. Thanks Kichu Khonn Sharmila. Darun hoyechilo khete. Ami ekhon Paneer butter masala convert. :)

  2. Looks delicious. I need to try it out sometime. Among other things, i talk about trying variety ingredients like quinoa and avacado in my blog.

    1. Thanks Padma, will certainly check it out.

  3. So Rich & Creamy! You are very true about paneer. It is an absolute relish for vegetarians


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