paneer masala recipe

paneer masala recipe with step by step photos – a rich and delicious paneer curry made in an onion-tomato-cashew base.

i prepare this paneer masala recipe at times. so thought of sharing the recipe. this recipe of paneer masala is different from the paneer butter masala recipe i have posted earlier. addition of onion paste does make a difference to the overall taste and flavor of the paneer curry and it taste good. a few more spices are also added in this recipe which adds their own aroma and flavor.

in indian restaurants many paneer curry recipes are served and this is one such popular recipe in the restaurants’ menu. few more popular indian paneer curry recipes which you may like are:

  1. paneer makhani
  2. chilli paneer gravy
  3. kadai paneer gravy
  4. matar paneer gravy
  5. paneer lababdar recipe
  6. paneer makhanwala recipe

while making paneer recipes, i prepare the paneer at home. homemade paneer is better any day than store brought ones. instead of paneer, you can also use tofu in this recipe.

along with paneer, you can also add some steamed green peas and potatoes in the recipe. since tomatoes are added in the recipe, do use ripe red tomatoes with are less sour and have faint sweet taste in them. avoid using tomatoes which are too sour as this will ruin the taste of the gravy.

paneer masala gravy is best served with chapatis, rotis or naan. you can also serve this paneer curry with plain rice or jeera rice or masala rice or biryani rice.

if you are looking for more paneer curry recipes then i suggest following recipes:

  1. palak paneer
  2. malai kofta recipe
  3. shahi paneer recipe
  4. potato paneer curry recipe
  5. bengali paneer curry recipe
  6. mushroom paneer curry recipe

paneer masala curry recipe below:

paneer masala recipe
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paneer masala recipe | paneer curry recipe

paneer masala gravy recipe - a rich and delicious paneer curry made in an onion-tomato-cashew base.

course main course
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 25 minutes
total time 55 minutes
servings 3 to 4
calories per serving 421 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for onion paste:

  • 105 grams onion or 1 large onion - roughly chopped

for cashew paste:

  • 175 grams tomato or 2 large tomatoes - roughly chopped
  • 27 grams cashew (kaju) or 12 to 15 cashews - soaked in ½ cup hot water

for ginger-garlic paste:

  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste OR 4 grams ginger (adrak) or 1 inch ginger - roughly chopped + 4 grams garlic or 6 to 7 small to medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped - crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle

other ingredients for paneer masala curry:

  • 200 grams paneer (cottage cheese) - cut in cubes or squares
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder or add as per taste
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 green chilies, slit (hari mirch)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • salt as required
  • 1.5 cups water or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 tablespoon low fat cream
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish

how to make recipe?

preparation for paneer masala curry recipe:

  1. first soak 12 to 15 cashews in hot water for 30 minutes.
  2. when the cashews are soaking, roughly chop 2 large tomatoes, 1 large onion, 1 inch ginger and 6 to 7 small to medium garlic cloves. crush the ginger and garlic to a paste in mortar-pestle.
  3. in a blender jar or grinder jar, take the chopped onions. without adding any water grind to a smooth paste.
  4. remove the onion paste in a bowl and keep aside.
  5. to the same grinder jar, add chopped tomatoes. also add the soaked cashews.
  6. again without adding any water, grind both tomatoes and cashews to a smooth paste. keep the jar aside.

making paneer masala curry recipe:

  1. heat 3 tablespoons oil in a thick bottomed pan or kadai.
  2. add the onion paste.
  3. on a low flame begin to saute the onion paste. keep on stirring often while sauteing the onion paste. saute till the onion paste becomes light golden or golden.
  4. then add the crushed ginger-garlic paste. if using ready ginger-garlic paste, then add 1 teaspoon of it.
  5. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  6. now add the tomato+cashew paste. be careful as the mixture can splutter.
  7. mix everything very well and begin to saute the masala on a low flame.
  8. while the masala is getting sauteed, add 1.5 cups water in the grinder jar. swirl the jar so that the tomato paste at the sides and at the bottom get mixed with the water. if you want you can even run the mixer once, so that everything gets mixed well. keep aside.
  9. saute the onion-tomato masala till you see some fat releasing from the sides. the masala will also become glossy.
  10. then add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder and 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder.

  11. mix the spice powders very well.
  12. add 1 or 2 slit green chilies.
  13. add the water which was mixed with the leftover tomato+cashew paste in grinder jar.
  14. season with salt. also add 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves.
  15. on a low to medium flame, simmer the paneer curry till it thickens a bit and you see oil specks on top.

  16. then add paneer cubes.
  17. add 1/2 teaspoon kasuri methi, which has been crushed. mix well and cook for a minute.
  18. then add 2 tablespoons low fat cream.
  19. mix the cream very well with the rest of the paneer curry. switch off the flame.

  20. serve paneer masala curry garnished with some coriander leaves accompanied with chapatis, parathas, naan or steamed rice or jeera rice.

recipe notes

tips for making paneer masala recipe:

  • you can add less or more of the spice powders, depending on your requirements.
  • less or more water can be added, depending on the gravy consistency you want. this recipe yields a medium consistency gravy.
  • cream can be skipped.
  • tofu can be replaced with paneer.


how to make paneer masala curry recipe:

1. first soak 12 to 15 cashews in hot water for 30 minutes.

cashews for paneer masala recipe

2. when the cashews are soaking, roughly chop 2 large tomatoes, 1 large onion, 1 inch ginger and 6 to 7 small to medium garlic cloves. crush the ginger and garlic to a paste in mortar-pestle.

ingredients for paneer masala recipe

3. in a blender jar or grinder jar, take the chopped onions.

onions for paneer masala recipe

4. without adding any water grind to a smooth paste. remove the onion paste in a bowl and keep aside.

onion paste to make paneer masala recipe

5. to the same grinder jar, add chopped tomatoes. also add the soaked cashews.

cashews to make paneer masala recipe

6. again without adding any water, grind both tomatoes and cashews to a smooth paste. keep the jar aside.

kaju paste to make paneer masala recipe

7. heat 3 tablespoons oil in a thick bottomed pan or kadai. add the onion paste.

making paneer masala recipe

8. on a low flame begin to saute the onion paste. keep on stirring often while sauteing the onion paste. be careful while adding onion paste as it splutters.

making paneer masala recipe

9. saute till the onion paste becomes light golden or golden.

making paneer masala recipe

10. then add the crushed ginger-garlic paste. if using ready ginger-garlic paste, then add 1 teaspoon of it.

ginger paste for paneer masala recipe

11. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

preparing paneer masala recipe

12. now add the tomato+cashews paste. be careful as the mixture can splutter.

preparing paneer masala recipe

13. mix everything very well and begin to saute the masala on a low flame.

preparing paneer masala recipe

14. while the masala is getting sauteed, add 1.5 cups water in the grinder jar. swirl the jar so that the tomato paste at the sides and at the bottom get mixed with the water. if you want you can even run the mixer once, so that everything gets mixed well. keep aside.

preparing paneer masala recipe

15. saute the onion-tomato-cashew masala till you see some fat releasing from the sides. the masala will also become glossy. stir often while sauteing the masala.

masala for making paneer masala recipe

16. then add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder and ½ teaspoon garam masala powder.

spices for making paneer masala recipe

17. mix the spice powders very well.

spices for making paneer masala recipe

18. add 1 or 2 slit green chilies.

chilies for making paneer masala recipe

19. add the water which was mixed with the leftover tomato+cashew paste in grinder jar.

water for making paneer masala recipe

20. season with salt.

salt for making paneer masala recipe

21. add 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves.

coriander for paneer masala recipe

22. on a low to medium flame, simmer the gravy till it thickens a bit and you see oil specks on top.

paneer masala curry recipe

23. then add paneer cubes. 200 grams paneer which have been cut in cubes or squares.

paneer for paneer masala recipe

24. add ½ teaspoon kasuri methi, which has been crushed. mix well and cook for a minute.

paneer for paneer masala recipe

25. then add 2 tablespoons low fat cream.

cream for paneer masala recipe

26. mix the cream very well with the rest of the paneer curry. switch off the flame. check the taste of paneer curry and add more salt if required. you can also add ¼ to ½ sugar at this step. just mix very well.

paneer masala recipe

27. serve paneer masala curry garnished with chopped coriander leaves accompanied with chapatis, parathas, naan or tandoori rotis or steamed rice or jeera rice.

paneer masala




32 thoughts on “paneer masala curry recipe | paneer curry recipe | paneer curry recipes”

  1. yumm! Made it today. Only change I made was no oil. I know it’s horrible to eat such dish without oil, but to take care of my heart’s heart I have to do it this way :(. As I’m new to no oil cooking(not always) I guess I fried onion and tomato little LOT longer. That affected taste but still it was yummy. Thanks!

  2. Yesterday I tried it was delicious! ( I didn’t add ginger garlic ) but even then it was good thanks for the recipe!

  3. hi dassana, liked u site very much….also tried some of the paneer dishes… my kids loved them…..is there any alternative for fresh cream…

    1. thank you anitha for sharing you feedback and experience. instead of fresh cream you can use malai. for malai now, two ways you can use it. either saute to with onion-tomatoes or you can whip the malai in a small blender or with a wired whisk and then add towards the end once the dish is done. you can also use milk powder. but with milk powder, the gravy becomes sweet. 2 tablespoons of milk powder will make the gravy overtly sweet and there is no balance of flavors in the dish. so with milk powder, some discretion has to be used and it also depends on what kind of gravy base is there. another option is to use cashew paste or almond paste. they give a nice creaminess to the gravy. you can add the paste after the onions and tomatoes are sautéed. a last option is to use khoya or mawa. khoya makes the gravy rich but the taste is also good.

  4. Hi dassana…i m a big fan of yours…whenever i try ur recipes it never disappoint me..yesterday i tried the paneer masala recipee…and it became very tasty and delicious…we had it with your another recipee jeera rice..as my hubby loves paneer,he really liked it and appreciated me….thank u a lot..keep sharing such wonderful recipees with us…may God bless u…

  5. Hi author, your recipes are really great. I’m beginner in cooking but with God’s grace your blog is really helpful to me.God bless you..Thank you so much.
    I need a help, due to doctor’s advice my dad avoid tomatoes and potatoes. There is any tastey dishes without using this?????

    1. thanks frednesh. you can skip tomatoes and potatoes in many dishes. even with minimal ingredients, you can make good recipes. on the website i have added many recipes that are made without tomatoes. also of any recipe, if just one tomato is used, then you can easily skip it, eg veg pulao or biryani or any gravy. but in a recipe where more tomatoes are added, then skipping them is not recommended. hope this helps.

  6. Hi Dassana,
    Happy Diwali:)
    I tried the paneer masala gravy and it was delicious, I wanted to know if I could add capsicum to this recipe? If yes at what stage should I add capsicum?
    Please let me know

    Thanks
    Archana

    1. happy diwali archana. thanks for the feedback on paneer masala recipe. after you add the spice powders in the onion-tomato masala, then you can add the capsicum. just saute for a few minutes after you add capsicum. then add green chilies and water.

      1. Hi Dassana,
        I tried making this with capsicum today and everything was going great until I added a little extra water, and I let it boil to see if that would help, but it didn’t 🙁 is there anything that you could add to paneer/north indian dishes to fix such errors? (like how we add rice flour to fix a watery sambar)
        looking at the pictures and the description you provide for all your recipes gives me great motivation to cook:) wonderful effort:)

        1. yes… you can thicken the gravy. usually boiled mashed potatoes are added in north indian gravies eg for chana masala or rajma masala to thicken the gravy. another way is to add a nut paste, like cashew paste or almond paste. even beaten curd can be added. but when adding curd, care has to be taken, so that it does not split. in some recipes even grated or crumbled khoya (mawa) is added. even gram flour (besan) or makki ka atta (maize flour) can be added. but the taste will differ with the ingredient that is added. if you would have just allowed it cook without a lid for some more minutes, the gravy would have reduced in size.

          thanks archana for the last line. feel nice and i also feel motivated to share more. wish you and your family a happy diwali.

  7. I’ve just discovered your blog and I love it! I’ve been in a food mood today. Reading about different dishes, looking up recipes and planning out meals for the week. This blog is very well done. It’s very clear, informative and the photos are beautiful. I believe I’ll try this recipe out first and work my way through your many others. Thanks very much!

    1. thanks for your kind words and positive views lee. glad you liked the recipes, layout and pictures of our blog. surely try and do share your feedback with us. you are welcome.

  8. Dear dasani, cud u pls inform which garam masala is to b used as I nvr found a specific Punjabi garam masala in any of the branded masala co. So if was to use any ready made one which wud u suggest.

    1. neha, you won’t get any punjabi garam masala outside. i do not prefer to use ready made garam masala as i find them too pale and less aromatic when compared to the homemade ones. so i prepare garam masala at home. you can check the recipe links given below and scale down the ingredients and make a small batch.

      punjabi garam masala – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/punjabi-garam-masala/
      garam masala powder – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/garam-masala-recipe-garam-masala-powder/

      1. Dear Amit, first of all sry for mentioning ur name incorrectly.
        Thanks for the reply, I was just willing to confirm that you use some special masala, but it’s the same v prepare at home.
        Ur site is a great help. The simplicity of ur recipes inspires a lazy person like me to and trust me I hv tried many n the wrk wonder.
        Ll b waiting for many more easy, simple yet delicious recipes.

  9. Thank you Dasani, another hit. What I might try with this next time is shallow the paneer first (like your saag paneer) and use the gravy from your baby corn masala recipe.

  10. what a coincidence, just yesterday I wished to learn how to prepare this dish… and here comes the recipe. Your blog is amazing. Thank you, I’ll try to cook paneer masala soon!
    Greetings from Germany 🙂

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