Paneer Butter Masala


Ingredients

  • 200 or 250 gms paneer/cottage cheese, cubed or diced
  • 2 tbsp cashew – soaked if you have time and then ground with some water to a smooth paste. if less time, then just grind the cashews to a smooth paste.
  • 4-5 medium size tomatoes – pureed
  • 1 or 2 green chili, slit (reserve a few for garnishing)
  • 1 inch ginger and 3-4 garlic – crushed or ground in a mortar & pestle
  • 1 inch ginger – julienned (reserve a few for garnishing)
  • 1 tbsp oil + 1 or 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi/dry methi leaves
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala or tandoori masala
  • 1 bay leaf/tej patta
  • 1.5 cups water
  • a few coriander/cilantro leaves for garnishing (optional)
  • salt and sugar as required – check notes below for adding sugar