Paneer Butter Masala

I was not a big fan of Paneer before my diet program last year. So the Paneer dish I do is with Spinach (Palak Paneer). However I started doing my diet and being vegetarian one of the 3 options for me to include protein as part of my diet is Cheese (any form of course low fat). With some hesitation I started to try different dishes out of Paneer. Last year when we visited India we went to restaurant and my kids ordered Paneer Butter masala. They fell in love with that. When we are back my son continue to ask for it (even now when we dine at north Indian this is definitely one of the side dish we order) . It is easy to do it at home. After much of search and few try below is the recipe we stick to it... It is simple yet very satisfying dish. 

Paneer - 2 cups, cubed
Onions - 3 big
Tomatoes - 3 big

Garlic - 4 Pods
Coriander powder / malli podi - 2 teaspoon
Gram Masala- 1/2 teaspoon 
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Kasuri methi - 4 teaspoon
Cashewnuts -10
Butter / Oil -2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Bay leaves - 1
Cloves - 3
Fresh coriander leaves - 1 teaspoon


Soak Cashew Nuts in the hot water for 30 mins

Heat the 1/2 tablespoon butter/Oil in a pan add Paneer. Fry till paneer is brown in color. Keep it aside
Add 1/2 tablespoon butter/oil in the same kada Fry Onion, tomato and Garlic till Onion is translucent and tomato is juicy. When it is cool down grind together with Cashew Nuts to smooth paste
Heat the Kada and add rest of oil/butter, When it is hot add bay leaves and cloves. Fry for 20 sec
Add grinded paste and all the masala powder and Kasuri Methi 
Fry till nice smell comes
Add Fried Paneer and let it cook for 5 mins
Garnish with Coriander Leaves