Paneer Butter Masala/ Indian Cottage Cheese Gravy Recipe | Breakfast Care

Paneer Butter Masala is one of the delicious and most popular paneer recipes in Indian cuisine. It's often served with naan, rice or chapatis.


Ingredients
  • 250 grams paneer/ cottage cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 6-7 large garlic cloves 25 grams, roughly chopped
  • 1.5 inch ginger 15 grams, roughly chopped
  • 1 large white onion 180 grams, roughly chopped
  • 3-4 large tomatoes 460 grams, roughly chopped
  • 10-15 whole cashews raw
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons cream 45-60 ml
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • Cilantro, to garnish
  • Salt, as per taste

Instructions
  • Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan on medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves and saute for few seconds.
  • Add the the onion, garlic, ginger and saute for 2 to 3 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes and cashews and mix. 
  • Add 1 cup of water.
  • Cover the pan and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from heat, after 15 minutes.
  • Remove the bay leaf, cinnamon stick and cloves.
  • Let the mixture cool down a bit and then transfer to a blender.
  • Grind the masala to a smooth paste and set aside.
  • Add 2 tablespoons butter along with remaining 1 teaspoon oil on medium heat in the same pan.
  • Once the butter melts, add the red chili powder and the Kashmiri red chili powder and fry for few seconds.
  • Add the ground paste back into the pan along with the garam masala, cardamom powder, sugar and salt.
  • Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the cream and mix.
  • Add in the paneer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add crushed kasuri methi. 
  • Garnish paneer butter masala with cilantro.
  • Serve hot with naan, rice or chapatis.
  • Enjoy!

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