August 24, 2014

Hot n Spicy Paneer Masala (Home-Made Style)

A favourite side dish with the excellent combination of onions, tomatoes, capsicum and Authentic Indian spices gives a mesmerizing and lip smacking taste. The soft chunky paneer pieces immersed in the Hot n Spicy Gravy is the super hit combination for any Indian bread and also simple Pulaos..

Ingredients for making Paneer Masala: 

(Serves 4 people generously)


Paneer cut into medium sized cubes - 200 gms

Onions 6

Ripened red tomatoes  6

Capsicum 1

Cashews 6

Green chilllies 2

Cloves and cinnamon crushed in to coarse powder 1 tea spoon

Garlic 8 heads

Ginger  apiece of 2 inches length

Kashmiri chilli powder 2 tea spoons

Coriander seed powder 2 tea spoons

Cumin seed powder 1/2 tea spoon

Garam masala powder 1 tea spoon

Kasuri methi 1 tab spoon

Oil and Ghee 4 table spoons each

Method for making the Paneer Masala:

Step 1:

Cut 1 onion and the capsicum into squares as shown in the picture and keep aside.

Step 2:

In a wok add a tea spoon of oil and ghee and fry remaining onions, garlic, ginger and cashews and grind them to fine paste after they get cooled.

Step 3:

Boil tomatoes in hot water and peel off the skin and make a pure by blending them in a mixie.

Step 4:

Mix all other given powders in a cup and keep aside.

Step 5:

Heat a wok with the remaining oil and ghee. Saute it with the cummin seeds. Fry the onion, green chilli  and capsicum for 2 minutes. 

Add the clove cinnamon powder and all other powders and a tea spoon of sugar and fry well. Now add the Onion paste and stir well for 2 minutes. Then add the tomato puree. Add required salt.Let them all cook well with the spices and while cooking add the kasuri methi also. Let them boil till the oil separates.  

Finally add the paneer pieces and mix gently.If the gravy is very thick add required water and boil for few minutes.Garnish with coriander leaves. If you have fresh cream, make the gravy rich by adding it before serving.