Paneer Masala

Another easy and yet delicious paneer (Indian cottage cheese) dish. This one comes from my mother-in-law’s kitchen, Paneer Masala. Hope you enjoy it.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 5 mins, Cooking – 20 mins, Total – 25 mins

Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

  1. Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) – 200 grams (cut in cubes or shape you like)
  2. Onion – 1 medium (finely chopped)
  3. Tomatoes – 2 medium (blend to a smooth paste)
  4. Capsicum – 1 medium (blend along with tomatoes)
  5. Green Chillies – 2 (finely chopped)
  6. Black Cardamom (Badi Elaichi) – 1
  7. Bay Leaf (Tej Patta) – 1
  8. Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – 1 tsp
  9. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  10. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  12. Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  13. Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves) – 1 tbsp
  14. Fresh Cream – 3 tbsp
  15. Oil – 3 tbsp
  16. Salt to taste.

How to make Paneer Masala:

  1. Heat oil in a kadai or a pan. Add black cardamom and tej patta. Saute for a few seconds
  2. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter
  3. Add onions and green chilli. Saute till golden brown
  4. Add tomato and capsicum paste. Saute
  5. Add spices – turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder. Mix and cook till oil starts to separate
  6. Add fresh cream, kasuri methi and garam masala powder. Mix and cook for a min
  7. Add paneer and salt. Mix well cook for another 2-3 mins on medium flame
  8. Your Paneer Masala is ready
  9. Serve hot with Phulka or Paratha.

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