BM 86 Week 3 Day 3 - 

For the final day of this thali series, here is a festival thali which I put together a few months back when we had performed Sri Satyanarayana Pooja at home and invited about 50-60 friends. 

We do not use onion or garlic in the festival menu. Some of the dishes were outsourced and were not part of the actual Prasad but was included in the meal after the pooja.

The meal includes, Cabbage-Green Beans Dry Saute, Chana Masala-No Onion No Garlic, Shahi Mutter Paneer-No Onion No Garlic, Palak Dal, Mysore Pak, Naan, Tamarind Rice, Rice and Fried Chilies, Yogurt, Gulab Jamun and Sambar-Vada.

Naan, Mysore Pak, Gulab Jamun and Vada were the dishes which were outsourced. The Wheat Rava Halwa, Idli and Peanut Chutney are missing in the picture. 

I have mentioned the quantities of ingredients for a family for 4-5 as well as the actual quantities I used for the party (for future reference).

Recipe Source
Ingredients - 

Paneer cubes 1 1/2 cups
Green Peas / Mutter 1 cup (I used frozen peas)
Ginger-Green Chilies Paste 1 tsp
Salt and Red Chili Powder as needed
Mutter Paneer Masala 2 tsp (Store bought-Rasoi Magic)
Garam Masala 1/4 tsp
Kasuri Methi 2 pinches
Seasoning (Butter 2 tsp, Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp, Cloves 2-3, Cinnamon 1 inch piece)
Coriander leaves for garnish
For the Gravy - 
Heavy Whipping Cream 1/4 cup 
Milk 1/4 cup
Cashews 8-10

Canned Tomatoes 1 can
==================For a party of 60 guests=====
Paneer cubes 3 lbs 
Green Peas / Mutter 1 lb (I used frozen peas)
Ginger Paste 1 Tbsp
Green Chilies Paste 2 tsp
Salt and Red Chili Powder as needed
Mutter Paneer Masala 100 gms (Store bought-Rasoi Magic) 
Garam Masala 2-3 tsp
Kasuri Methi 2 Tbsp
Seasoning (Butter 2 Tbsp, Cumin Seeds 1 tsp, Cloves 8-10, Cinnamon 4 1-inch pieces)
Coriander leaves for garnish
For the Gravy - 
Heavy Whipping Cream 1 pint
Milk 1 cup
Cashews 14 oz
Canned Tomatoes 4 cans

Method Of Preparation -

Powder Cashews and set aside. Cube the paneer and soak them in hot water until needed. Thaw the frozen peas and set aside. 

Grind Tomatoes, ginger and green chilies and set aside.

In a heated wok/kadai or a sauce pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning ingredients.

After the cumin seeds crackle, add the tomato puree, Red Chilli Powder and Mutter Paneer Masala Powder. Let the mixture cook well until oil floats on the top.

Now is the time to add the cashew powder, milk and heavy whipping cream. Let the mixture simmer for a couple of minutes and then to adjust the gravy consistency add about a cup of water.

Add salt and after the gravy is thick enough, slide in the drained paneer cubes and peas. Let it cook for a couple minutes and remove from fire.

Sprinkle the garam masala and kasoori methi. Mix well and cover for a few minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves. 

Serve warm with Naan/Roti.


Preparation Time 30 minutes [1 hr for the party quantity]
Serves 4-5 [60-80 for the party quantity]
Posted by Harini R on Monday, March 19, 2018


  1. One more mouthwatering menu! Thanks for listing the quantities even for a party of 60. That will come very handy and a good reference when cooking in large quantity

  2. Srivalli Says:
  3. What a lovely spread Harini, all the dishes look so yummy!

  4. Cooking for 60 pax ! Wow ! I have done that when we had the restaurant but not any more . Kudos on that awesome spread .
    The whole spread looks lavish and very interesting to make it without onion and garlic . The mattar Paneer looks very creamy and tempting .

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Omg, thats fabulous and this spread looks ultimate Harini. Without onion and garlic is definitely a big task. Mattar paneer looks very irresistible. Feel like inviting myself to your place.

  7. Delicious spread.. Mattar Panner is a fav of mine.. Irresistible thali!!

  8. Unknown Says:
  9. Omg that's a visual treat to my eye :) The thali looks so delicious, all of my favorites in there. wow cooking for 60 people I can only imagine .. Bravo!!

  10. Jyoti Babel Says:
  11. I am jotting down the measure mentioned for 60 people. have never cooked for more than 25 people and Then too I think I had spend the whole dau in the kitchen.

    Great festive spread

  12. Srividhya Says:
  13. That's a great no onion no garlic spread. Wow you cooked this thali for 50-60 people? Wow that's simple awesome. Kudos

  14. Omg the whole spread looks so delicious and no onion no garlic shahi paneer sounds just perfect. I have had cooked for 30-40 but 60, I can't imagine. Hats off to you.

  15. Suma Gandlur Says:
  16. Wow, Harini that you can cook for that large group. The curry looks creamy and the whole thali looks and sounds delicious even without onion and garlic.

  17. My god harini, that looks rich!!! i have maximum cooked for 20 people, 60 people is awesome! hats off to that experience!!! This side is absolutely delicious, bookmarking to try!

  18. Jayashree Says:
  19. Oh cooked for 60 people??? That is just awesome. Everything in that platter looks amazing.

  20. Suja Ram Says:
  21. I used to do Sathyanarayana Poojai before, so was reminded of that on reading your post. Thats a delicious Thali, No-onion, no-garlic version of PBM is my fav!

  22. Rujuta Says:
  23. hi
    the entire thali looks amazing and wonderful
    will try out this version of no garlic and no onion shahi mutter paneer
    best wishes

  24. you included all of my fave type of dishes in this thali - this is one thali I could dig into whole heartedly every single dish

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