Monday, 3 July 2017

How to make Masala Paneer

Recipe of Masala Paneer

Masala Paneer is a popular Indian delicacy. Masala Paneer is delicious Indian cottage cheese cubes dunked in cashew based onion tomato gravy which is served with butter naan or rice. You can give lot of variations to this dish by adding dumplings or peas in it. Masala paneer is a north Indian gravy dish which is served in most of the restaurants in North India. The best part about it is that you can prepare it in jiffy when guests are coming to your place.

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This aromatic dish is full of flavors and aroma of Indian spices. Masala paneer has a beautiful sweet and spicy gravy which is scrumptious.

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If you are looking for Punjabi recipe, you can check out Punjabi Baingan BhartaPunjabi dum alooPunjabi Aloo wadiPunjabi aloo gobhiBlack chickpeas curryMakki ki roti sarson ka saagPunjabi Kadi pakoda and many more.

Lets start with the recipe :

Preparation Time   Cooking time Total Time Yield
10 minutes30 minutes40 minutes Serve 4

Recipe Type : Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine : Indian

Ingredients for Masala Paneer:
  • 200 grams paneer chopped in small squares (Indian cottage cheese) 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 8 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 piece of grated ginger
  • 2 chopped green chillies
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 dry red chilly
  • Salt according to taste
  • 2 cloves
  • 12 cashews
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 6 crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kashmiri lal mirch/red chilly powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • pinch of sugar
  • Oil 
  • chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
Preparation for Masala Paneer :
  1. Soak cashews in the water for few minutes, drain it and grind it in a fine paste
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, add asafoetida
  3. When it splutter, add cloves, cardamom and cashew paste
  4. Also add chopped garlic, onion, ginger and green chillies in it
  5. When onions turn light brown, add crushed tomato
  6. Add coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric, red chilly powder, pepper, salt and sugar
  7. Mix well and let it cool down
  8. Blend the whole tadka (mixture) in grinder
  9. Add it back in a pan and add 2 tablespoon water in it
  10. Cook it on low flame for few more minutes 
  11. Cut paneer into small cubes 
  12. Add it in the gravy and cook for 2 minutes
  13. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with Indian flatbread or rice
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Note : 
  • You can add cream or butter to thicken the gravy, but if you want to keep it light then you can prepare without it.
  • You can adjust sugar according to your taste, if you like it sweet you can add more sugar.


  1. The sauce looks so good! Might just make some with firm tofu.

  2. This looks so delicious! Love all the flavours going on here :)

  3. Your masala paneer looks really scrumptious, Ritu. I wish I could have it with some plain paratha right away. Feeling literally hungry now.

  4. Wonderfully delicious dish , Ritu!The sauce looks so creamy and yummy without any cream.

  5. That sauce looks so creamy..didn't know cashews could be used to cream Indian gravies :) Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Love this dish! So good. And comforting. Yours looks terrific -- thanks.

  7. Lovely dish. Paneer, as I have said before, never the call here. I shall replace it with tofu. This is a dish packed with the wonderful flavours we adore.

  8. Amazing post! I need to try this!


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