Butterless Butter Paneer

We love paneer in any form but butter paneer tops our list.

It really is quite easy to make and nothing quite like a home style paneer curry to brighten our day!

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Ingredients:

  • Paneer 300gms, cubed
  • 3 to 4 Tomatoes
  • 3 Onions
  • 4 to 5 Cashews
  • 3 – 4 Pit-less dates
  • 1 Green cardamom
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 Small piece of cinnamon stick
  • Ginger Garlic paste
  • Kashmiri mirch powder or paste
  • Turmeric
  • Jeera
  • Jeera powder
  • Dhaniya powder
  • Amchur powder
  • Kasuri Methi
  • Salt
  • 1 Tbsp approx. Ghee
  • Finely chopped coriander for garnish

Method:

  • Cube the paneer and keep it aside
  • In a kadhai take ghee and temper akkha (whole) jeera
  • Add the cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon, Kashmiri mirch (if dry) sauté for approx. 30 seconds
  • Add the ginger garlic paste
  • Add cashew and dates
  • Add the chopped onions and sauté until pink add a pinch of salt
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and sauté for a minute or two more
  • Adjust salt
  • Add the Kashmiri mirch paste if you are using paste. If not then you’d have already put the dry mirch by this point
  • Add turmeric powder, dhaniya powder, jeera powder, Amchur powder and adjust salt again
  • Sauté the whole mix until the ghee starts to separate and the masala is nicely cooked
  • Remove from the gas and cool the masala. Blend the masala using a little water to a smooth and silky consistency. Adjust the water as you go along.
  • Back to the kadhai, add the smooth gravy past and add more water if required and bring to a gentle simmer. Ensure that the water and the gravy are well incorporated.
  • Add in the kasuri methi
  • Add the cubes paneer
  • Simmer on low, stirring occasionally for a few more mins
  • Garnish with coriander

Serve warm with hot rotis or kulchas with a side of onion, cucumber or salad.

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Lockdown Saviour 2.0: Home Style Palak Paneer

Another lockdown recipe which doubles up for two meals if cooked in a sufficient quantity is Palak paneer.

One can pair it as a subzi with phulkas or mix it with rice turning it into a palak paneer rice dish. It’s easy to make and quite satiating.

Ingredients:

  • Paneer 300gms
  • Palak two medium sized bunches
  • Onions, 2
  • Tomatoes, 2
  • A tbsp. Of filtered groundnut or any cooking oil

For the masala:

  • Whole masalas:
  • Few cloves
  • Few peppercorns
  • A couple of small bay leaves (tejapatta)
  • Jeera
  • A few cardamom pods
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • Cashew, soaked – 6 to 7
  • Ginger, Garlic and Green chilli pounded to a coarse paste
  • Ground/powdered masalas:
  • Dhaniya powder
  • Amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • Kasuri methi
  • Hing
  • Ground mustard powder (a tiny amount)
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste

Method:

  • Cut paneer into cubes and set it aside
  • Keep aside a large-ish piece to grate into the dish once done
  • Blanch the spinach and set it aside
  • Temper all the Dry whole masalas viz. Jeera, Bay leaves, cardamom etc. and then add the ginger, garlic and green chilli paste
  • Add the soaked cashews and sauté for a minute
  • Add the onions and tomatoes and sauté for a few more minutes
  • Add salt and sugar to taste
  • Add the powdered masalas viz. Dhaniya powder, hing, Amchur and sauté the mix until cooked and mushy, this should take a few more minutes
  • Set it aside
  • In a mixer pop in the cooked masala with the blanched spinach with some water and purée it
  • To a hot wok or kadhai transfer the puréed palak masala and add the cubes paneer
  • Check on the salt and sugar
  • Serve with diced onions and a wedge of lime
  • Enjoy with hot phulkas or rice