Delicious and rich in flavour,this is one of the favorite side dishes for chapati/roti( Indian flat bread). Paneer is Indian cottage cheese and dishes of paneer are a must in Indian homes during special occasions. I must say that this dish is not just rich in flavor but also rich in fat😀. Though not advised to consume regularly, what’s wrong with an occasional treat? So, let’s learn to treat ourselves –
2 large tomatoes
4-5 toes of garlic
One small piece ginger
4 tablespoons of butter
5-6 cashew nut
Half tsp turmeric powder
3/4th tsp garam masala powder
1/4th tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp each Cumin seeds, mustard and 3-4 lavang(Cloves).
1.Roughly chop the onion and tomatoes. Add 2 tbsp butter to a frying pan and fry the onion, cashews, garlic, ginger and tomatoes. Fry until the onions turns translucent. Ler them cool.
2.After they have cooled completely,blend the fried ingredients in a blender. Do not add water.
3.Cut the paneer into medium sized cubes. Into the same pan , add little more butter and fry the paneer for around 2 minutes. Keep them aside.
3. Heat 2-3 tbsp of butter in the pan and add mustard, lavang, cumin seeds. After the mustard splatters, add the blended mixture and add some water(around 1 cup).
4. To this , throw in turmeric powder , garam masala powder, and chili powder and salt as necessary. Cover with a lid ans let the contents come to a boil.
5.Now add the slightly fried paneer and let the mixture cook for five more minutes in medium flame.
6. The delicious paneer butter masala is ready. Serve it warm , with chapati/roti.
You could add 9-10 cashew nuts if you want the gravy to be slightly sweet. However if you like it spicier, add more garam masala.
Try this recipe and let me know your feedback.