Masala Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Recipe

Updated on May 15, 2020
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Masala paneer
Masala paneer

Masala paneer is an Indian dish of marinated paneer (cottage cheese) that is served in a spiced gravy. It is a very popular dish both in Indian homes as well as restaurants. It is always hit with family and guests.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the gravy:

  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4-5 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons coriander leaves (cilantro) chopped, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kasturi methi (fenugreek leaves), crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons chicken masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream (optional)

For the paneer marinade:

  • 250 grams paneer
  • 3/4 teaspoon gram masala powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • Ghee (clarified butter), for frying the marinated paneer

Instructions

  1. Prepare the paneer: In a bowl, add the paneer and marinade ingredients. Set aside for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the marinated paneer to a pan with ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil. Fry paneer for 1 minute and set aside.
  2. In a large pan, add the oil and butter.
  3. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, green chillies, cardamom, and cloves. Saute till the spices turn aromatic.
  4. Add the chopped onion and fry until it turns golden.
  5. Add chopped ginger and garlic. Saute well.
  6. When the ginger and garlic turn golden brown, add chopped coriander leaves and some kasturi methi (fenugreek leaf). Saute well.
  7. Add the turmeric, red chilli powder, coriander powder, chicken masala, roasted gram flour (chickpea flour), and salt.
  8. Saute on medium flame till the spices are well cooked.
  9. Add tomato pulp and saute till it releases oil.
  10. When the spices start releasing oil, turn the flame on high, add 1 cup of water, and mix continuously
  11. Add the fried paneer cubes.
  12. Cover for 2 minutes over low flame till the paneer absorbs the spices.
  13. Add garam masala powder and crushed kasturi methi (fenugreek leaf).
  14. Turn off the flame. Garnish with malai and serve with rice or roti (chapati).

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Marinate the paneerFry the marinated paneer cubesOnions, ginger, garlic, and tomatoAdd oil, cumin seeds, bay leaf, crushed cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. Stir till it turns aromaticAdd green chillies and chopped onions. Stir for a minute, then add chopped ginger and garlic.Add coriander leaves and dry fenugreek leaves. Saute well.Add all the dry spicesAdd tomato puree and saute till it releases oil
Marinate the paneer
Marinate the paneer
Fry the marinated paneer cubes
Fry the marinated paneer cubes
Onions, ginger, garlic, and tomato
Onions, ginger, garlic, and tomato
Add oil, cumin seeds, bay leaf, crushed cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. Stir till it turns aromatic
Add oil, cumin seeds, bay leaf, crushed cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. Stir till it turns aromatic
Add green chillies and chopped onions. Stir for a minute, then add chopped ginger and garlic.
Add green chillies and chopped onions. Stir for a minute, then add chopped ginger and garlic.
Add coriander leaves and dry fenugreek leaves. Saute well.
Add coriander leaves and dry fenugreek leaves. Saute well.
Add all the dry spices
Add all the dry spices
Add tomato puree and saute till it releases oil
Add tomato puree and saute till it releases oil
5 stars from 2 ratings of Masala Paneer Recipe

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4 person
Calories 365
Calories from Fat261
% Daily Value *
Fat 29 g45%
Saturated fat 16 g80%
Carbohydrates 15 g5%
Sugar 6 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 11 g22%
Cholesterol 71 mg24%
Sodium 494 mg21%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2020 Supriyasharma

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      Ankesh Singh 

      3 months ago from Kuala Lumpur

      I tried this and it was amazing.. Shared it with my friends also..

      Thanks Supriya for this detailed recipe.

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      Subham 

      4 months ago

      It's owsme recipe.....i will try to make for my self

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      Kevin 

      4 months ago

      Great job.. Waiting for the next one!

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      Heena 

      5 months ago

      Tried and tasted.. Awesome!

      Waiting for the next one

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      Sherry 

      5 months ago

      Amazing recipe.. Thanks

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      Anx 

      5 months ago

      @supriya... Your recipe is so amazing... I tried at home and everyone is loving it... Thanks a lot for the expertise on incredible ingredients... Hope you post another fire packed recipe from your bucket soon.. Waiting for it!!

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