Methi Paneer Malai

If you have been following my space, you probably are aware of the Blog Hop Wednesdays started by Radhika. Each month we are paired with one other person in the group. Each of us has to prepare and post one recipe from the partner's space on the designated wednesday (usually the 2nd wednesday of every month). 

This month I have been paired with Jyothi of 'Pages'. She has a wide variety of recipes filled with colorful and enticing pictures of them. Upon the request of my husband I picked up this recipe and it sure was a super hit at home!! This is a keeper of a recipe. 

Ingredients - 

Paneer 250 gms , cubed about 1 1/2 - 2 cups
Onions chopped 1 cup
Tomato blanched and pureed 2 cups
Tomato Paste or Tomato Ketchup 2 Tbsp
Kasoori methi 2 Tbsp
Ginger 1 inch
Garlic 2 cloves
Chat Masala 1/4 tsp
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri Chilli Powder 1 tsp
Garam Masala and/or Chole Masala 1 tsp each
Milk 1/4 cup
Fresh Cream  2 Tbsp (I used Whipped Cream lite 2 Tbsp)
Seasoning ( Oil 2 Tbsp, Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp, Cloves 4-5, Cardamom 2, Cinnamon 1 inch, Bay leaf 1)

To blanch and puree - Drop the tomatoes in boiling water and remove from the fire. Cover and set aside.  After about 4-5 min, de-skin the tomatoes and puree along with the water.

Methi Paneer Malai

Method Of Preparation -

In a bowl of hot water, soak the paneer cubes and set aside until needed.

In a heated pan, add 1 tsp of oil and saute the onions. Also add sliced ginger and garlic.

Remove after the onions turn golden brown and let it cool. Make a paste of the onions and set aside.

In a heated wok/kadai, pour the remaining oil and add the remaining seasoning ingredients. After the  spices are aromatic, transfer the onion paste, tomato puree.

Also add the tomato ketchup, turmeric, salt, Kashmiri chilli powder, chat masala and Chole Masala (if using).

Add more water to the desired consistency. Let the mixture come to a boil and after the oil floats on top, add the drained paneer cubes.

After a couple minutes, add garam masala, kasoori methi and milk. Let it come to boil. Dribble some cream and remove from fire in a couple minutes.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve warm with Roti/Naan/Paratha.

Please drool over the blog hoppers' recreations here.

Preparation Time 45 min 
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini on Wednesday, March 14, 2012


  1. Kalyani Says:
  2. harini:
    This is way toooo tempting :) please pass me that bowl !!

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  3. Paneer and methi an amazing combo...looks delicious

  4. creamy paneer is fabulous clicks is super

  5. lovely pictures Harini, this bowl looks perfect

  6. Jyoti Babel Says:
  7. Thank you for trying it out.. I am going to try your Baked onion rings and will possibly post it tommorow.. I loved browsing through your blog.. Needless to mention, you have a great variety here and Eggless bakes are really commendable.. Will be here often

  8. nice and creamy gravy and as always my fav paneer. Love your recipe

  9. Deeksha Says:
  10. looks yummy.

  11. Shobha Says:
  12. Yummy curry.

  13. Rasi Says:
  14. looks very delicious :)

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  15. Unknown Says:
  16. i have paneer in the fridge....thinking should i make this...too tempting!

  17. Sangeetha M Says:
  18. looks very spicy n tempting...wonderful preparation too!!
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  19. Droolworthy and very tempting.. the pictures speak a thousand words!!

  20. very delicious gravy n tempting paneer in it

  21. Spicy-Aroma Says:
  22. looks so delicious..very tempting click!!

  23. paneer n methi too good combo..wonderful pics..

  24. Anu Says:
  25. it looks so tempting..yummy dish..

  26. Unknown Says:
  27. Paneer methi malai looks yummy and delicious.

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  28. Aarthi Says:
  29. This is such a wonderful recipe..Thanks for posting it..Bookmarked..


  30. Archana Says:
  31. Wow this is delicious. I ma willing to roll out the rotis for this.

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