Paneer Masala : Dhaba Style


200 grams paneer (India Cottage Cheese)
1 large onion finely chopped
7-8 minced garlic cloves
One whole dried red chilli
1 inch ginger, juliend
2 table spoon Oil
1 table spoon salted butter
1 tea spoon cumin seeds / jeera
1 black cardamon
2-3 green cardamom
1 bay leaf / tej patta
1 inch cinnamon stick / dalchini
1 tea spoon bengal gram flour / Besan
1.5 cup tomato puree
1/2 tea spoon turmeric / haldi
1.2 tea spoon coriander powder
1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder / lal mirch powder
1/2 tea spoon cumin (jeera) powder
1/2 tea spoon garam masala (India All spices powder)
1/2 tea spoon kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves crushed
1/2 table spoon fresh green coriander, finely chopped
For marinade, additional 1/2 tea spoon kashmiri red chilli powder, 1/4 tea spoon garam masala powder (Indian all spice powder), 1/4 tea spoon turmeric powder, a pinch of salt and 2 table spoon water.
Salt to taste
water as required

1. In a large bowl add the ingredients of marinade along with water and mix well.IMG_E2762
2. Add the paneer cubes and mix gently. Keep aside for 30 minutes.IMG_E2764
3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan.
4. Keeping heat low, add butter and let it melt completely.
5. Add in cumin seeds, dried red chilli, bay leaf, 1 black cardamon, 2 green cardamom and a cinnamon stick. IMG_E2769
6. Saute till the spices turn aromatic.
7. Add in chopped onion and saute on medium heat till golden brown.IMG_E2770
8. Add minced garlic and ginger julienne. Saute for a minute.IMG_E2774
9. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and bengal gram flour.IMG_E2776IMG_E2778
10. On low heat roast till all masala gets roasted well and gram flour leaves the raw smell.
11. Add fresh coriander leaves and mix well.IMG_E2779
12. Add in tomato puree and saute till it release oil. IMG_E2781
13. Add water (about 1.5 cups) and bring to a boil. Add dried fenugreek leaves.IMG_E2798
14. Add salt to taste. Keep aside.
15. Take a heavy bottomed pan or a griddle and add half tea spoon of butter.
16. Fry the paneer cubes for a minute or two.IMG_E2791
17. Heat gavy again and add the fried paneer cubes.IMG_E2801
18. Cover and simmer for 2 minutes or till paneer absorbs the spices.
19. Mix well and serve paneer masala with roti, pulao or rice.IMG_E2886IMG_E2900

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