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paneer masala recipe with step by step pictures – quick and easy hot and spicy paneer recipe made in onion-tomato base

Paneer masala (पनीर मसाला रेसिपी) is one of my favorite paneer dishes. I prepare paneer masala with roti or naan when I want a meal that is delicious, rich, and that gets ready quickly. Paneer masala is a very easy paneer curry and this one has whole spices in it. The addition of whole spices in paneer dishes is usually kept minimal, however this one is an exception. The liberal use of whole spices lends the paneer masala gravy an irresistible aroma and desirable heat. It tickles your tastebuds like nothing else.

The paneer masala gravy is thick and coats the paneer well. This is a dhaba style paneer masala recipe. Even though the onions are not pureed but chopped, the gravy is smooth because of the besan/chickpea flour. It holds the gravy together and gives it a velvety feel and balances the heat of the spices.

The paneer masala cooking time is very less, which makes it a great dish to prepare when you are short of time. There are no fancy ingredients needed to make this delicious tasting paneer sabji recipe. It is the perfect combination and proportion simple ingredients that makes paneer masala so tempting.

If you are looking for more Indian paneer recipes with step by step pictures, do check out the paneer tikka recipe, malai paneer tikka recipe, dhaba style matar paneer recipe, restaurant style matar paneer recipe, paneer bhurji gravy recipe, and palak paneer recipe.

I have used homemade paneer as always. It’s easier to fry that frozen paneer and the texture is much softer. Here is how to make paneer at home – Homemade paneer recipe.

Now let’s see how to make paneer masala recipe.

how to make paneer masala recipe

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paneer masala recipe - an easy and quick paneer gravy made with onion and tomato base. It has generous both ground and whole spices that makes it hot and spicy. This is the dhaba style paneer masala gravy goes well with roti and naan.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
Paneer masala gravy ingredients
  • Paneer - 250 grams, cubes
  • Onions - 1 & ½ cups, finely chopped
  • Fresh pureed tomatoes - 1 cup
  • Ginger - 1-inch piece, crushed
  • Garlic - 12 cloves, crushed
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder - ½ tbsp
  • Coriander powder - ½ tbsp
  • Garam masala - ½ tsp
  • Roasted cumin powder/jeera powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Kasoori methi - 1 tbsp
  • Besan / chickpea flour - ½ tbsp
  • Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Butter - 2 tbsp
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Lukewarm water to soak the paneer
Whole Spices
  • Green cardamoms - 4
  • Black cardamoms - 2
  • Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Black peppercorns - 6
  • Cloves - 2
  • Red chilies - 3
Instructions
  1. To make paneer masala, heat oil in a kadhai/pan. Add in the paneer cubes and shallow fry them until golden on all sides.
  2. Drain the paneer well and transfer it to a bowl of lukewarm water. Let it soak until ready to use.
  3. In the remaining oil, add in the whole spices and saute them for a few seconds.
  4. Toss in the onions and saute until golden.
  5. Then add the ginger and garlic and saute till the raw smell is gone.
  6. Pour in the freshly pureed tomatoes and saute till the oil separates.
  7. Time to add the besan/chickpea flour and ground spices; Kashmiri red chili, garam masala, roasted cumin/jeera powder, and coriander powder. Saute until the spices and besan are fragrant. This will take a couple of minutes. Stir often.
  8. Add salt, kasoori methi, and half of the coriander leaves. Give it a mix.
  9. Add water and bring the paneer curry to a boil.
  10. When the oil separates and the gravy thickens, drain the fried cubes and add them in.
  11. Finally, garnish with the remaining coriander leaves and butter, and give it a final mix.
  12. Dhaba style paneer masala recipe is ready. Serve hot with naans or roti, and onion and lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

 

paneer masala recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

To make paneer masala, heat 3 tbsp oil in a kadhai/pan. Add in the 250 grams of paneer cubes.

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Step 2

Shallow fry them until golden on all sides.

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Step 3

Drain the paneer well and transfer it to a bowl of lukewarm water. Let it soak until ready to use.

making paneer masala recipe


Step 4

In the remaining oil, add in the whole spices; 2 bay leaves, 2 black cardamoms, 2 cloves, 3 red chilies, 4 green cardamoms, 6 black peppercorns, and 1-inch stick of cinnamon. Saute them for a few seconds.

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Step 5

Toss in 1 & 1/2 cups finely chopped onions and saute until golden.

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Step 6

Then add 1-inch piece of ginger and 12 cloves of garlic, both finely crushed, and saute till the raw smell is gone.

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Step 7

Pour in 1 cup of freshly pureed tomatoes and saute till the oil separates.

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Step 8

Time to add 1/2 tbsp besan/chickpea flour and ground spices; 1/2 tbsp Kashmiri red chili, 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp roasted cumin/jeera powder, and 1/2 tbsp coriander powder. Saute until the spices and besan are fragrant. This will take a couple of minutes. Stir often.

how to make paneer masala


Step 9

Add salt to taste, 1 tbsp kasoori methi, and 1 tbsp coriander leaves. Give it a mix.

how to make paneer masala


Step 10

Add 1 cup water and bring the paneer curry to a boil.

making paneer masala curry


Step 11

When the oil separates and the gravy thickens, drain the fried cubes and add them in.

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Step 12

Finally, garnish with the remaining 1 tbsp coriander leaves and 2 tbsp butter, and give it a final mix.

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Step 13

Dhaba style paneer masala recipe is ready. Serve hot with naans or roti, and onion and lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    bhavna walia
    April 23, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    lovely color.. tasty paneer curry

  • Reply
    seema malla
    May 1, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    i have tried many of your recipes and all of them were a hit. thanks for such easy recipes.

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 5, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Thank you Seema 🙂

  • Reply
    shibani
    May 10, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    yummmmyyyyyy..wow

  • Reply
    mahesh
    May 16, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    delectable! looks spicy though.

  • Reply
    swati naresh
    May 19, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    paneer masala looks so rich..nice vibrant color

  • Reply
    poonam mitra
    May 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    very nice recipe dear..but can i skip besan? what can i add instead?

    • Reply
      Monica
      May 27, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Hi Poonam. Yes, you may skip the besan and add ground cashews/kaju instead. Grind 10-2 cashews to a fine powder and add it instead of besan. It will thicken the gravy and impart richness to it. 🙂

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