Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Paneer Butter Masala

I love Paneer - Govindas used to come to our college on a Thursday and serve up huge plates of delicious rice and paneer in a spicy tomato sauce with peas and little crunchy poppadoms. And as Thursday was a drinking night - it was good soakage for later on. I've tried many recipes to re-create the Govindas Paneer, which I will blog in the future - I promise - my mum loves it.

Here I decided to try a different paneer recipe. For once I didn't fry it first in an attempt to see if it would come out softer. It didn't, but this may have been due to the fact that this didn't have a huge amount of sauce, though it worked beautiful with the sweet onions and the rich creamy nut sauce. I must try it with chicken sometime.

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer - packet, cubed

Onions - 3 big, chopped as finely as you can

Tomatoes - 2 big

Ginger 1 inch grated

Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Medium curry masala powder - 1
Red chili powder - 1 tsp

Turmeric powder - a tsp

Cashew nuts - 2 tbsp, grind to paste - and then a few for garnish

Mustard seeds – a table spoon
Ghee - two desert spoons
Cream - 1 tbsp (optional)

Fresh coriander leaves - chopped, to serve

Heat the ghee in a pan and add the mustard seeds. Once they pop, add the onions and fry for 2 mins. Then add the ginger, and the cashewnut paste. Saute for another 2 mins.
Now add the pureed tomatoes, coriander powder, turmeric, curry masala and salt. Stir well and leave on simmer for about 5 mins.

Next, add the paneer and let cook. If the gravy seems too thick, add little water and keep cooking for about 5-6 mins.
Remove from heat, mix in the fresh cream if using and garnish with chopped coriander leaves and a few cashews.

I served this with some spiced rice, a tomato dahl, naan and also some mango chutney. I may have to wean myself off the mango chutney - I'm a bit addicted.


Martina said...

Oh my!!! This all looks so utterly mouth-watering....I can't wait to try all these recipes once the dreaded DIET is out of the way!

Lu said...

I won't lie Martina - it was pretty delicious, very delicous truth be told. You;ll be off the diet soon now, never fear

ktpi said...

i ate this. yum yum yumnmnmny