Paneer masala

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Paneer masala is a very simple and easy to put together dish. This gets ready under 30 minutes if you have some paneer in ur fridge.

I have made this a lot of time and I personally like to chop the onions and tomatoes. I don’t prefer using puree or even grated tomatoes or onions for this dish. Though I have used raw paneer, you can fry them too. Do that before you start making the masala. You can chop/grate/puree the onions and tomatoes, refrigerate and make it just before you plan to have it. We are using good amount of tomatoes but if you want the gravy to be a little more tangy, thn add some amchoor powder or lemon juice. The dish goes really well with phulkas or even rice.

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Ingredients:

200 gms paneer
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
1 medium green capsicum, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh garlic paste (reduce the quantity if you don’t prefer strong garlic flavor)
1 tsp fresh ginger paste
1 tbsp pav bhaji masala
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp kasuri methi (slightly roasted)
2 tbsp ghee/butter/oil
salt to taste

Method:

Heat a pan and then add oil or butter. Add onions. Keep the flame low. Saute for a few seconds and add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell of ginger and garlic goes away. Add tomatoes, capsicum, red chilly powder, haldi and pav bhaji masala. Cook nicely till tomatoes turn soft and oil separates. You will get an amazing aroma and that is when you know your masala is cooked. Add slightly roasted and crushed kasuri methi, combine well.
At this time, add some water (start with a tbsp) as per the consistency you want.s dish is basically semi dry but a dry version can be made too. Just add water as per your requirement and add salt to taste. Mix and let it come to a boil. At last, add paneer cubes to the prepared masala and cook for 2 minutes. Mix very gently or else paneer cubes might break, make sure paneer gets coated well. Garnish with some coriander leaves, mix and done. Serve along with phulkas.

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17 thoughts on “Paneer masala”

  1. It looks upto standard & quite tempting . I make butter paneer masala very nice . But I haven’t tried anything more than matar pander or kadhai paneer. This fried recipe looks nice . Will try out soon . U cook very much similar to me:) Thank u for sharing

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