Paneer Masala

Paneer Masala

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Our paneer masala recipe is a Punjabi paneer masala. The desi tongue drools at the sight of Paneer Masala. This is a simple paneer masala dish where paneer is cooked in a masala paste with onions. Paneer masala is a variation to paneer butter masala.

The rich hue, strong aroma and irresistible taste of this Punjabi paneer masala will make you addicted to it! The appearance, taste and mouth-feel of this sabzi are similar to what you get in restaurant style paneer masala, mainly due to the special paste used for the gravy!

In mood for some restaurant style cooking? Here we have a perfect recipe to give a kick to your taste buds which is dhaba style paneer masala. This is a super quick and easy recipe to make.

A succulent tomato-based gravy flavoured with an elaborate masala paste containing almost all the spices in your masala dabba together with onions, coconut, and other ingredients, plays host to cubes of soft, fresh paneer in paneer masala. Paneer absorbs the tangy flavours well, making the overall effect very enjoyable indeed.

A seemingly elaborate but actually easy recipe, paneer masala is an ideal accompaniment for jeera rice. Relish this paneer masala hot and fresh, with your favourite rotis or parathas. Lachha Paratha is a perfect match.

Learn to make paneer masala recipe | Punjabi paneer masala | dhaba style paneer masala | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.

Paneer Masala recipe - How to make Paneer Masala

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings

Ingredients


For Paneer Masala
1 1/2 cups paneer (cottage cheese) cubes
1 tbsp oil
1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh cream
salt to taste

To Be Ground Into A Smooth Paste (using Approx. 2 Tbsp Water)
3/4 cup roughly chopped onions
2 tsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)
1 tbsp freshly grated coconut
2 sticks cinnamon (dalchini)
2 cloves (laung / lavang)
6 peppercorns (kalimirch)
6 whole dry kashmiri red chillies , broken into pieces
1 tbsp coriander (dhania) seeds
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
5 garlic (lehsun) cloves

For Serving
parathas

Method
For paneer masala

    For paneer masala
  1. To make paneer masala, heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai, add the prepared paste and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the cream, ½ cup of water and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the paneer, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve the paneer masala hot with parathas.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy298 cal
Protein8.6 g
Carbohydrates9.5 g
Fiber1.2 g
Fat25.2 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium15.2 mg
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For the masala paste for paneer masala

  1. To make spice-mix paste for paneer masala recipe | Punjabi paneer masala | dhaba style paneer masala | in a mixer jar take roughly chopped onions. 
  2. Add poppy seeds.
  3. Add freshly grated coconut. If fresh coconut is not available, make use of desiccated coconut.
  4. Add cinnamon.
  5. Add cloves and peppercorns to enhance the flavor of the quick and easy paneer masala.
  6. Break the whole dry Kashmiri red chilies and add them to the mixer. More or less we have used all the whole spices that go into Indian garam masala and made a fresh spice paste to perk up the Paneer masala. 
  7. Add coriander (dhania) seeds. It gives an earthy flavor the paneer masala paste.
  8. Add cumin seeds. As the name suggests ‘paneer masala’ this dish is flavored with a whole lot of spices. Try not to alter the quantity of these spices or else the flavors might imbalance and result in a strong, possibly bitter dis. 
  9. Add garlic cloves. If you are Jain, then you can avoid the onions and garlic, but the overall yield will be less and you will have to add extra cream or cashews to balance the texture and flavors.
  10. Add around 2tbsp of water and ground into a smooth paste.

How to make Paneer masala

  1. To prepare paneer masala | Punjabi paneer masala | dhaba style paneer masala | heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai. Oil can be replaced with butter or ghee. 
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the prepared paste.
  3. Cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes. Avoid unripe tomatoes as they will affect the taste of the dish, firm tomatoes with plum red colour are slightly sweet and ideal for this recipe.
  5. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the cream. It gives a rich texture to the paneer masala gravy. If you want a creamier paneer masala then use more cream. If you do not like the creamy taste, then avoid adding cream. 
  7. Add ½ cup of water. You can add more or less depending on the consistency you prefer.
  8. Add salt.
  9. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 6 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Don’t forget to stir or else it will stick to the bottom of the pan.
  10. Add the paneer. If you like the paneer crispy, shallow fry them lightly before adding to the gravy. For a vegan alternative, use tofu instead of paneer.
  11. Mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. If over-cooked the paneer will become chewy so if you are not serving immediately then do not add the paneer cubes.
  12. Serve paneer masala | Punjabi paneer masala | dhaba style paneer masala | hot with parathas.

Reviews

Paneer Masala
 on 13 Jul 17 12:45 PM
5

thanx for sharing this palak paneer recipe, my family is crazy for palak paneer , this is so easy n looks delicious.
Edited after original posting.
Paneer Masala
 on 04 Jul 17 03:59 PM
5

Thanks so much, my Paneer Masala recipe was so yummy. Your recipe is very simple to follow. surely I will share this recipe to my relatives. My family will enjoy it. Thanks
Edited after original posting.
Tarla Dalal
04 Jul 17 04:36 PM
   Thanks for the feedback.
Paneer Masala
 on 08 Jun 17 06:41 PM
5

What are the calories in 1 serving of paneer masala
Tarla Dalal
09 Jun 17 09:33 AM
   298 calories. The Calories table is below the recipe. Thanks for asking.
Paneer Masala
 on 09 Mar 17 05:15 PM
5

Tarla Dalal
09 Jun 17 09:35 AM
   Hi Ruma , we are delighted you loved the Paneer Masala recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Paneer Masala
 on 15 Sep 16 02:47 PM
5

This paneer subzi recipe is very quick. Paneer is everyone''s favourite at my place and they just loved this recipe. Served it with butter naan and it was a wonderful combination.
Paneer Masala
 on 07 Sep 16 05:30 PM
4

Good
Paneer Masala
 on 09 Jul 16 07:19 PM
5

Tarla Dalal
04 Jul 17 04:38 PM
   Thanks Tina. Glad you liked the Paneer Masala.
Paneer Masala
 on 04 Jul 16 06:25 PM
5

Paneer Masala
 on 23 Oct 15 03:28 PM
5

Lovely recipe - the paneer is super yummy! However, I used only 1 red chilli, added 1 tsp sugar to balance the spice and replaced the cream with 3/4 cup of skimmed milk to make it a bit healthier. It''s fabulous!
Tarla Dalal
24 Oct 15 10:38 AM
   Thanks Aussie Girl. Please keep posting your lovely comments as you try our recipes.
Paneer Masala
 on 01 Aug 15 01:52 PM
5

suppa tasty tried in lunch today tangy spicy n mouth melting
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