Paneer Masala

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The desi tongue drools at the sight of Paneer Masala. It is perhaps the first dish that comes to mind when one thinks of paneer. 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. Paneer absorbs the tangy flavours well, making the overall effect very enjoyable indeed.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 4 servings
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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 Little Water)
3/4 cup roughly chopped onions
2 tsp khus-khus
1 tbsp grated fresh 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

  1. Heat the oil in a 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 hot with parathas.

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 on 23 Oct 15 03:28 PM

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!
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Aussie Girl. Please keep posting your lovely comments as you try our recipes.
24 Oct 15 10:38 AM
 on 01 Aug 15 01:52 PM

suppa tasty tried in lunch today tangy spicy n mouth melting
 on 16 Apr 14 07:56 PM

Like all of your other paneer recipes this one too is a hit... Everyone loves paneer, and a dish like this one will leave you licking your fingers... A must try recipe... Quick to make and even quicker to finish...
 on 01 Feb 13 09:16 AM

Nice spicy paneer dish.