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I know you are wondering whether it  is really Paneer butter masala.  Yah its true ... just  for a change, instead of putting cubed paneer I made this way ...It looks good too right ???. Paneer Butter Masala is an excellent side dish for naan, pulao, Roti and many. 



Paneer - 1 cup cubed ( Add it in Hot water 5 minutes before you add it to the gravy)
Tomato - 4 to 5 medium (blanch in hot water, remove skin and puree it you should yield approximately  2 cups of puree) You can also use Canned tomato Sauce/Puree.
Onion - 1/4 (make paste)
Ginger paste- 1/2 tbsp 
Garlic paste - 1/2 tbsp
Green chillies - 1 sliced
Tomato ketchup - 1 tbsp
Cashew - 3 (Soak in hot water and make a paste along with Tomato).
Milk - 1/4 cup 
Cream - 1/4 cup
Honey - 1/2 tsp
Water to adjust the consistency
Cream, coriander and green chilli for garnishing.

Powders :

Cardamom powder - 1/8 tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1/8 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4  tsp
Kashmiri Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp 
Kasoori methi - 2 tsp crushed(roasted)
Mix everything together and keep it aside.

Tempering :

Butter - 3 tbsp ( reserve 1 tbsp to add at the end)
Oil- 1 tbsp
Cardamom - 1

Cloves - 1
Kasoori Methi - 1 tsp
Cinnamon -a small piece

Method :

1. Heat tbsp of oil and 2 tbsp of butter in frying pan. Add the tempering ingredients.
2. Add the ginger garlic paste and Green chilli, Saute until raw aroma disappears.  Now add all the powders.  Then add tbsp of water to avoid burning.
3.  Then add onion and tomato puree.
4. Let it cook until moisture is absorbed and oil separates.
5. Now add tbsp of water and loosen the mixture. Now add the milk or cream and whisk constantl. 
6. Now add the tomato ketchup and honey.  Add the paneer cubes let it boil for few seconds. Add water if necessary to adjust the consistency.  Now add the crushed kasoori methi.
7. Garnish with fresh cream,coriander and julienne green chilli.  Serve hot with naan, rice or roti.

Note :

1.For making the egg shape paneer as shown in the picture.  Mash the paneer,  to one part add the yellow food color. Make oval shape ball in white paneer and make small yellow ball with yellow mixed one. Make hollow in oval shaped ball and put yellow and flatten it. Put these in the gravy when it is hot and let it cook for few seconds.

2. When making gray you can also cook the tomato, onion and cashew in butter and puree it to get the deep red color.

Pooja  – (May 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM)  

The dish looks delectable! Wow what a great idea to add colour to paneer. Great presentation! You know what..on first sight I thought they were eggs! Great idea :)

Lavanya  – (May 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM)  

nice ideas you have...they are looking like eggs..lovely presentation pavitra..masala looks so creamy n yummy!!

Prathibha  – (May 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM)  

Pavitra..can u borrow ur brain for my next dish plz so that i can decor my food stuff it is so fabulous..u prepared EGGS 4m scratch!!!..he he..:)
lovely presentation n recipe..

kittymatti  – (May 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM)  

wow! this is so different n fantastic! colour in the much thinking! too good:)

Ushanandini  – (May 5, 2009 at 11:42 AM)  

Wow , Great idea! Great presentation. Gorgeous pictures. Masala is delicious.... Good job Pavitra.

renuka  – (May 5, 2009 at 11:45 AM)  

wow..thats a great idea...i thot at first it was eggs...

doggybloggy  – (May 5, 2009 at 12:06 PM)  

you are so very creative I am so happy our paths have crossed.....this dish looks great and it definitely takes the simple paneer in to a whole new zone!

fourthsensesamayal  – (May 5, 2009 at 12:37 PM)  

Extremely delicious.. I badly wanna come there now.. :) and the bowl or whatever u have used is also a cool creative way to present it.. Paneer egg is cute too :)

Priyameena  – (May 5, 2009 at 1:40 PM)  

wow you had wonderful creativity..nobody can think like you..

Vishali  – (May 5, 2009 at 1:48 PM)  

lovely decoration and the recipe plz pass me some naans for sure :). very delicious.

Ramya Vijaykumar  – (May 5, 2009 at 2:22 PM)  

Wow, Pavi it looks very yummy and methi and ketchup should give a lotta flvors to this dish... I usually a dash of poppy seeds and find it difficult grinding it... Masala looks very colorful and temtping...

munchcrunchandsuch  – (May 5, 2009 at 2:28 PM)  

wow..i seriously mistook the pic for egg.its so nice that u thot out of the box .way to go.

ARUNA  – (May 5, 2009 at 4:16 PM)  

i'm always stuck with the pix whenever i visit u!

Home Cooked Oriya Food  – (May 5, 2009 at 7:21 PM)  

Very impressive! You are an artist at work...

Anuradha –   – (May 6, 2009 at 12:50 AM)  

Lovely decoration anni... Even i thought u had placed eggs. Very professional!!!

Chitra  – (May 6, 2009 at 4:41 AM)  

Iam still planning to try this dish;).Looks yummy and nice presentation:)

Shama Nagarajan  – (May 6, 2009 at 5:04 AM)  

delectable one...yummy...thanks for visiting my participate in my event too....check out my blog for details

AnuSriram  – (May 6, 2009 at 7:40 AM)  

Looks attractive! Nice idea! Delicious recipe..

Vani  – (May 6, 2009 at 8:50 AM)  

Nice presentation, Pavithra! Paneeer really look like eggs :)

Valarmathi  – (May 6, 2009 at 1:26 PM)  

Looks very attractive. Nice presentation.

Pavithra  – (May 6, 2009 at 3:13 PM)  

Thanks everyone for ur lovely comments...

Pooja  – (June 12, 2009 at 7:24 PM)  

oops u made paneer look like egg.. thats super idea. i was sort of wondering as to why you added egg to paneer?

Shabs..  – (July 20, 2009 at 3:14 PM)  

Thats a lovely recipe...will try wen i buy paneer next....I was staring at those eggs for long time and was thinking, it looked so differnt and why there are so many cracks....Cudnt stop laughing after the note u wrote....very nic e presentation...and nice idea too...nobody wud even think of it:)

Divya Kudua  – (August 29, 2009 at 9:26 PM)  

It really does look like an egg...mindblowing:)

lissie  – (August 12, 2011 at 2:37 AM)  

great idea, pavithra! yummy recipe and lovely presentation...

Anonymous –   – (September 4, 2011 at 11:24 AM)  

Your food styling is just amazing... Im a total fan of your photography.. man I wish I could be so organized as wll as so effiecient in doing it all!

Sowmya  – (January 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM) creative...lovely presentation..after seeing the pic i thought you published different pic by mistake ...God, you 're genius girl!

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