Paneer Masala

"What is a party without a Paneer curry?", says a friend. I know a lot of people who subscribe to that thought. Until recently I was in the anti-paneer camp. I have recently taken a liking to paneer and have been trying to use paneer in a variety of ways which my family can appreciate. 

In my journey to re-invent the pleasures of paneer, here is one such delightful gravy to go with Roti, Naan, Kulcha or Paratha.
Check it out for Day 4 Week 1 of BM #27.

Ingredients -

Paneer 250 gms (I used 15 cubes)
Onions chopped 1 cup
*Tomato Puree 2 cups
Cashews 1-2 Tbsp
Milk 1/2 cup
Ginger 1 inch
Garlic 2-3 Cloves
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Coriander-Cumin Powder(Dhania-Jeera Powder) 1 tsp
Kashmiri Chilli Powder 1 tsp
Tomato Ketchup 1 tsp (optional - only for the color)
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp
Kasoori Methi 1/2 tsp
Oil 3 Tbsp (Divided use)
Coriander leaves few for garnish

*Tomato Puree - Soak 3-4 medium sized tomatoes in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water, cover with a lid and set aside for 5 min. Remove the tomato skin and grind into a smooth puree.
Microwave 3-4 medium sized tomatoes in 1/2 cup of water in a microwave safe bowl and nuke it for 3 min and set aside. remove the tomato skin and grind into a smooth puree.

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated wok/kadai, add a teaspoon of oil and saute the onions, ginger and garlic until the onions are translucent. Remove from fire and set aside.

Grind the cashews, the sauteed onions, ginger and garlic into a fine paste adding a little water if needed.

In the same wok/kadai, on medium heat, add the remaining oil, the pureed onion-cashew paste, tomato puree and let it come to a boil.

Add the turmeric, dhania-jeera powder, kashmiri chilli powder and tomato ketchup (Optional) and let the flavors blend in. Cover with a lid and let the gravy cook well until oil oozes out.

Add milk, crushed kasoori methi and garam masala and mix well.

Meanwhile, in a heated sauce pan, sprinkle some oil and saute the paneer cubes until they are light brown all over. 
[I have found that instead of frying the paneer cubes, they taste best when soaked in boiling water for 5 min. and used in the recipe.]

Remove from fire and slide them into the cooking gravy.

Reduce the flame to low and let the paneer cubes absorb the flavors of the gravy.

Remove from fire and serve it hot with Naan, Roti or Paratha and enjoy the silky gravy which is relatively less in fat !

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#27.

Preparation Time 45 min
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini on Thursday, April 4, 2013


  1. Pavani Says:
  2. Paneer dishes have become an absolute must for parties these days. Wasn't like this a few years back. This curry looks absolutely delicious.

  3. Paneer dish is a must have in parties. Kids love gravy with paneer and this would be perfect for them :)

  4. My favourite paneer dish. Looks wonderful.

  5. Deeksha Says:
  6. looks yummy.irresistible.

  7. Lip smacking paneer....

  8. Suma Gandlur Says:
  9. That looks fab. Love the lor and the panner pieces sticking out.

  10. Akila Says:
  11. Delicious

  12. Sona Says:
  13. delicious paneer curry, looks yum!

  14. Priya Suresh Says:
  15. Yea Paneer is a must too.Paneer is our family favourite, so anything with paneer we wont hesitate a second to enjoy. Very delicious curry.

  16. so inviting platter that i want to keep my chappathi's near ur that bowl

  17. Unknown Says:
  18. it with rotis.

  19. Rajani S Says:
  20. Paneer just makes like easy, and is such a crowd pleaser. The curry would be great to serve for get togethers!

  21. Lavanya Says:
  22. Paneer is always welcome dish...loved this one too!
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  23. Srivalli Says:
  24. How true, there is no party without a paneer dish..:)..gravy looks so tempting..

  25. The gravy looks so creamy and rich. Even I couldn't think of a party without Paneer dishes...

  26. divya Says:
  27. looks fabulous and creamy curry..

  28. Archana Says:
  29. Love it always. Beautifully presented.

  30. mmmmm yummy

  31. Kalyani Says:
  32. oh you are sooo right Harini.. even in families who are traditionally non-onion and non-garlic eaters, paneer has found its way to potlucks and parties, albeit in a jain version.. loved the kadai in which you have presented it..

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  33. Book marked, one needs to try different ways with paneer...and those chunks layered with that lacy creamy gravy...makes it mouth watering.

  34. lovely chunky pieces adds beauty to the dish

  35. Manju Says:
  36. Inviting one, need to grab that perfect color.

  37. preeti garg Says:
  38. So inviting and tempting paneer recipe.

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