Apr 22, 2009

PANEER MAKHANI (PANEER BUTTER MASALA)

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INGREDIENTS:----

Paneer --- 250 Gms cut in to cubes
Tomato puree ---- 2 cups
Thick cream --- 1/2 cup
Onion --- 1 cup cut in to cubes
Ginger garlic paste --- 1tea sp
Coriander and cumin powder (dhaniya, geera powder) --- 1 tea sp
Turmeric powder ---- 1/2 tea sp
Garam masala powder --- 1/2 tea sp
Red chili powder – 1 tea sp (especially Kashmiri chili powder that gives a nice color to the gravy)
Kasuri methi --- 1 tab sp
Cashew nut paste --- 1 tab sp
Butter 2 tab sp
Salt to taste
Here one tip I want to share with you all. How I make tomato puree is, select nice red colored ripe tomato, boil water in a big pan and make a cross slit on the top of the tomato, and drop them in to the boiling water and leave for 5- 7 min. then remove the skin and chop tomatoes.
Now in a other pan take these chopped tomatoes with 2 bay leaves and a small piece of nutmeg and few mace pieces and 2 cardamoms and cook for 2-3 min. Then remove from the heat let it cool, and grind in to a smooth paste and strain through a strainer. Store this tomato puree in a clean bottle in the fridge. This tastes good till 1 week then again make and store.
This tomato puree is very help full in making paneer makhani like dishes and non vegetarian dishes also.

For coriander and cumin powder ----- In a fry pan roast 1 tab sp coriande seeds and 1 and 1/2 tab sp cumin seeds with out oil cool nd grind in to a fine powder and store. this makes your curry aromatic. Yeehh now comming to the recipe....

METHOD:----
1. peel, wash and cut onion in to cubes, and cook till soft in little water (cook in 1 cup water, and strain the water and leave a side. This water you can use in the gravy). Cool and grind in to a smooth paste.
2. dry roast Kasuri Methi and crush with your hand and leave a side.
3. If you are using the paneer loaf then cut into cubes and fry them in ghee and soak paneer in salted hot water for 1/2 hour, to keep paneer soft and tasty.
4. Now heat butter in a pan and add onion paste and fry till light brown color. Then add ginger garlic paste and stir for a min.
5. Then add all powder masalas like turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander and cumin powder, garam masala powder and mix well then add cashew nut paste and tomato puree, salt to taste and cook till butter leaves from the sides of the pan.
5. Now add paneer cubes mix well and add cream and kasuri methi mix well and cook for 2 more min. and remove from the heat.
6. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve.
Serve with Naan or tandoori roti and lassi.
Enjoy your meal.

You can make the same recipe with chicken also.


45 comments:

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

mouthwatering gravy... just pass the entire container. i will finish it.

Priya said...

Rekha, wat a creamy and rich paneer makhani...terrific colour, makes me hungry!

Poornima Nair said...

Great dish...the gravy looks amazing, so rich and creamy....great color

Prathibha said...

Gosh..!!!
Look at the colour...very tempting..
I am just drooling over it....

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Wow Rekha, the paneer Makhani looks creamy, rich and colorful... The addition of Kasuri Methi should make it very flavorful...

sahiti said...

Wow...What a creamy texture...Looks yummy.....btw ,mee pullatlu ee roju breakfast ki chesaa Rekha...em cheppanu..?Just...ADHURS...Thank you

Kitchen Flavours said...

Iam on my way......Makes me drool. What a appetizing color....Yummyyyyy.

Dibs said...

Love paneer butter masala. our preparation looks very very delicious!

Lavanya said...

With Cream and Cashew Paste, It look's so Great! You rule with Paneer Dishe's!!

Varunavi said...

Great colour rekha,one of my fav dish,my sister cooks this very well.:)

sree said...

Wow what a color!!!looks delicious....

Pooja said...

Wowww Rekha..Just looks like the one we get in restaurants..Lovely color dear...Yummy......

Madhumathi said...

This is the perfect rich n creamy paneer butter masala..The color is lovely..

DEESHA said...

wow, such a beautiful color .. great dish .. looks great Rekha

Ushanandini said...

Paneer makhani is very tempting! Lovely colour!

Le @HC said...

looks just like in restaurant . MMmm.. with naana, divine....:)

Deepa Hari said...

Absolutely delicious...ur pics r making me drool Rekha....beautiful color.

Shreya said...

so yummy! love the colour and the recipe...

Bhawna said...

Very nice recipe, gravy looks rich and creamy. looks like ur also a paneer lover.

Vicky Xavier. said...

Lovely dish. I used to have a paneer makhani just like this in a restaurant in Chennai. Urs look very silky and rich .. yummy. Nice tips on puree and masal powder.

Lisa said...

Stunning! Absolutely gorgeous. One of my favorite dishes and your version has my mouth watering. I must make this again soon.

Valarmathi said...

Wow that looks rich and colorful. Good one.

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks very delicious...feel like stealing from the screen....so yummy.

Cham said...

U make me drool again, delicious

n33ma said...

wow absolutely love the color of the gravy....just right.so creamy and rice and super yummy.

Sampoorna said...

hmm!!!Colourful dish...will try this..look so delicious..

Varsha Vipins said...

Wow..thick rich gravy Rekha..total yum..:)

rekhas kitchen said...

thank you so much all of you
@sahiti thankx alot dear for trying my recipe and Iam very glad that you like it

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. what a nice colour! Looks perfect and lovely! Yummy dish!

Ramya said...

awesome Rekha..Iam ready to eat waah waah where is it!!!!!!

Avisha said...

Hi, I am new to blogging, went through your recipe of Paneer Makhani.Wonderful color, just like the way they would serve at a Restaurant.Today is Friday and am a vegetarian, tells me go home and cook this one.

Food said...

looks duper duper great!

Pavithra said...

looking so delish feel like grabbing it .Delectable

Supriya Nair said...

This is ...mouthwatering....the paneer peices are calling me...

Mercina said...

This looks absolutely incredible!! I could eat that entire plate!

Ramya Kiran said...

I was browsing for this recipe and i found your recipe. Your recipe looks perfect with perfect ingredients! I'll be trying it soon.
Thanks for the recipe :)

Teja said...

hi Rekha, I tried your recipe for Paneer Makhani. My guests loved it and so did my husband. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I have become a fan of your blog site.

tazeen said...

i just prepared this & it came out the same way how it looks in your pic & the taste is delicious...thanx a lot!!!:)

Anonymous said...

Rekha...how many people does this recipe serve?

rekhas kitchen said...

You can serve this for 4 people

pallukutty7 said...

Looks super-awesome. I've become a fan of your blog now :-) Lovely recipes.

Coco said...

Looks delicious!

Miss Jess :-) said...

Made this for dinner tonight with roti, and let's just say yummo! It tasted even better than restaurant Paneer Makhani! My sauce was not quite as smooth as the picture however, any tips?

Thanks so much.... it was yum!

rekhas kitchen said...

Hi Miss jess First thank you so much for trying this recipe. It is a hit in my guest and my friends circle too I am very glad that your guest like this. Yes regarding the greavy texture did you griend the onions and tomato? then only you get the smooth texture. OkIf you sitll didn't get he texture like in my pic. Grind the gravy once again before you add paneer pieces and bring back the gravy to pan and cook till you get a full boil then add paneer.Here if you feel that gravy is thick can add some water or 1/2 cup milk to your gravy but keep stirring when you add milk.And dont take back your hand while adding creame that is the main taste maker of this curry. Hope you got it now enjoy cooking.

Your Cookery Book said...

Wow! It looks so mouth watering. I wish I could be in India. I always miss Indian food.