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Traditional Paneer Masala Recipe

Traditional Paneer Masala is a popular Indian Side-Dish
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On :
Tuesday, 8 August, 2017
Category :
Vegetarian Recipe
Course :
Side-Dish Recipe
Cuisine :
Indian Recipe
Technique :
Saute Recipe
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Servings :
Serves 4
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  • 1/2 lb - Onion
  • 1/2 lb - Tomato
  • 1-inch piece Ginger
  • 10 small Cloves - Garlic
  • 10 leaves - Mint leaves
  • 10 (or to taste) - Green chillies
  • Cilantro
  • 1 piece - Cardamom
  • 2 pieces - Clove
  • 2 Tbsp - Butter /or Oil
  • 1l - Whole Milk
  • How to Make Traditional Paneer Masala:

    1. To make paneer, bring 1 litre whole milk to a boil.
    2. Add two spoons of lemon juice and a ladle of fermented yogurt. The milk and water gets separated.
    3. Strain the water (called whey), put the paneer in a muslin cloth and keep a heavy weight on top of it for a few hours.
    4. After the paneer gets set, steam it in a pressure cooker for 5 mins.
    5. Remove the paneer and make it into cubes.
    6. Deep fry the paneer cubes in oil.
    7. For masala:
    8. Heat butter in a pan.
    9. Allow it to melt. Then add the clove and cardamom. Fry for a second.
    10. Add finely cut garlic, ginger, chillies and onions.
    11. Fry all these things. When the onions turn golden brown and give a nice aroma, add the tomatoes and fry.
    12. Fry all the ingredients nicely for 15 mins making sure that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.
    13. After frying well, remove the pan from stove. Add mint leaves just before removing the pan. And cool the masala.
    14. Grind the masala well in a mixie with water, do not add too much water. Masala should be of medium consistency.
    15. Heat the pan, and add the ground masala. To this add salt to taste and the fried paneer cubes.
    16. Cook this in slow fire for 15-20 mins.
    17. Garnish with cilantros and serve with hot parathas.


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