Paneer or Cottage cheese is very common at my home and my kids just love it, no matter in which way it is prepared.Be it spicy, creamy or even as a fried snack, they would just go on munching on it, till they are full. My daughter, picks each piece of Paneer for herself and she says the entire dish is her`s and would not give anyone ..lol..
Few days back I happened to see a cookery show where they prepared butter chicken, in such a simple and easy way. I had already made a point that I would try it sometime soon. However, I just could not hold back my patience and when checked,had this pack of Paneer with me instead of the chicken. Thought for a while and decided I would go with the recipe with Paneer and try how it would be.
It was a true winner and everybody in the family liked it. Very creamy and with lots of gravy. With the spices just right ,the entire bowl of the curry was vanished with just one sitting by the family !!! My son has asked me to make for him often now. This is so simple and easy and just require very little time.
Though this is Paneer butter masala, I did not put much of butter,just with some oil. Even then it was great, so for butter lovers, you could go ahead with butter and enjoy it !!!
Servings – 4
500 gms Paneer or Cottage cheese cut into cubes
1 large onion diced to small cubes
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 cup Tomato puree or tomato paste
1 cup Fresh Cream
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tbsp Kashmiri chilly powder
1/2 tbsp Red Chilly powder
1 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped for garnish
Salt to taste
1 tbsp butter ( optional)
. Gently rinse the cubed paneer / cottage cheese pieces and keep aside.
. On a pan, heat some oil or melt the butter . To this add the cubed onions, garlic and ginger and saute well.
. When the onions turn translucent , add in the turmeric powder, Kashmiri chilly powder, red chilly powder and saute well.
. When the raw smell is left, add in tomato puree and mix well. When the puree is cooked and slowly starts leaving the sides, add in the fresh cream and stir.
. To this add in the diced Paneer cubes and salt as per taste and cover with a lid for a few minutes.
. When the gravy starts thickening, just sprinkle some coriander leaves and take of from flame.
. If you fee the gravy is a bit too thick, add some water before taking off from flame and adjust to you level of preference.
. Make sure when you add the cream, the heat is low, or else the chances of curdling is high.
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