I would always call this a Royal dish.. because of the aromatic flavours of spices blended nicely in a rich and creamy gravy. This goes good with any kind of bread or Rice.

  • Paneer (Cottage cheese) - 1 cup cubed
  • Onion - 1 big, chopped
  • Tomatoes - 2 medium, pureed
  • Cashews - 8-10 whole
  • Almonds - 5-6 blanched
  • Ginger - 1 tbsp, shredded
  • Cardamom - 4 nos., crushed
  • Cloves - 2 nos., crushed
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
  • Red chilli powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Corriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp (if preferred)
  • Cilantro - to garnish
  • Butter - about 3 tbsp
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt - as required

How to make it:

Heat little butter in a pan, add the cashews, almonds and onions and fry until onion becomes translucent. Let it cool and then grind into a paste. Fry paneer in oil until golden brown. Set aside. Heat oil and butter in a pan, add bay leaf, cardamom, cloves, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon and ginger. Add the garam masala and corriander powder and fry for a while. Add the onion paste and fry until oil separates. Add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, 1/2 cup water and salt. Add the tomato puree and cook until the oil separates and the gravy is thick. Add the fried paneer and cook not more than a minute. Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with your choice of bread or rice.
I had about half a cup of left over cooked peas that i did not want to waste. So tossed them into the gravy while cooking. Also, see here for how to make paneer at home.

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14 Responses
  1. Usha Says:

    That looks really rich and creamy, lovely color !

  2. FH Says:

    Beautiful color, all those spices gives it a very nice flavor and aroma.

  3. Hayley Says:

    paneer dish looks very tempting and great...:-))thanks for visiting me..

  4. Dershana Says:

    paneer is doing the rounds this week! beautiful, creamy gravy!

  5. Definitely a royal dish, creamy rich and a beautiful color!!!

  6. Priya Suresh Says:

    Such a tempting paneer butter masala, just love this..

  7. Malar Gandhi Says:

    Looks creamy and rich:)

  8. delicious masala.....take care

  9. Cham Says:

    Paneer is always welcome and the dish is beautiful!

  10. one o fmy most favorite curries..looks yumm

  11. Anupama Says:

    This is one of my fav Anu. Nice and creamy one here :-)

    Btw, I tried your pillsbury biscuit pizza and have started making it regularly :-)

  12. Wow....... my favorite, looks tempting and delicious.

  13. VIDYA VENKY Says:

    my all time favorite..........gr8 recipe