~ Butter Paneer Masala (Vrat Recipe)

Vrat is Hindi for Fasting for a religious purpose and with the festive season (Navratri, Karvachauth, Diwali) around the corner I thought this would be a good recipe to share on the blog since this doesn’t require onions, ginger or garlic – all of which aren’t allowed in fasting days!!

Butter Paneer Masala is a slightly sweet creamy dish of Paneer. This dish can be made fancy restaurant style or like I do, a quick fix on the days you are starving already, thanks to keeping a Vrat!! In my recipe, the flavors are more in line with home style than restaurant style recipe as I have also made it healthy by skipping the cream and using skim milk instead as well as skipping the cashew nuts.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) 200 grams
  • Oil 4 tablespoons (to make it healthy, I use Olive Oil.)
  • 4 Green Cardamoms
  • 6 Cloves
  • 2 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 big Bay Leaf
  • 2 medium size Green Chilies – chopped
  • 5 medium sized ripe red Tomatoes – pureed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric (Haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhaniya powder)
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Fenugreek leaves (Kasoori methi)
  • 3 teaspoons Honey
  • Skim milk 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped for garnish

Method:

  1. Cut the paneer into 1 inch cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add green cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and sauté.
  3. Add green chillies, continue to sauté and add tomato purée along with salt to this and continue cooking.
  4. Now add red chili powder, garam masala powder, haldi, dhaniya powder along with butter, kasoori methi, honey, milk and mix well.
  5. Once the oil and butter separates, add paneer cubes to the gravy and mix. Cook on low flame for about 10 minutes so that the Paneer soaks in the flavor.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves and your dish is ready to serve!

This dish is best served with Roti, Naan, Kulcha or Parathas, as well as Simple Basmati Rice or Jeera (cumin) Rice. Enjoy and do let me know how you liked it 🙂 I would love to hear!!

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~ Baby Product Reviews: Part 1!

Hey Y’all!! Howdy?!

Coming to you today is a compilation of the Baby Product Reviews I have done on Instagram till date. These are all highlighted there as well, under “BabyProductReviews” so if you follow me, that can be your quick reference, and if you don’t follow me, it’s high time you should… Haha!! Just kidding, or am I?! LOL!! My handle is nshrivas so follow along for more “INSTAnt” fun!!

So here goes:

– Skip Hop Explore and More Baby’s View 3 Stage Activity Center

Available online or in-stores: Target, buybuy Baby, Amazon.

– Ingenuity SmartSize 4-in-1 Soothing Solution

Available online or in-store: Amazon.

– SwaddleMe Slumber Buddies Elephant Soother and Sound Machine

Available online or in-store: Target, Walmart (similar), Amazon.

– The Boppy Pillow

Available online or in-store: Amazon, Target.

– Avent Natural Flow Bottles

Available online or in-store: Target, Walmart, Amazon.

– Fruit Mesh Baby Feeder

Available online or in-store: Amazon, Target, Walmart.

– Disposable Changing Pads

Available online or in-store: Target (similar), Amazon (similar).

– Wearable Blanket / Sleep Sack

Available online or in-store: Amazon (similar), Target (similar), Kohl’s.

– Pacifier Clips

Available online or in-store: Target (similar), Amazon (similar).

– Banana Teether

Available online or in-store: Amazon, Walmart, Target.

– Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier

Available online or in-store: Walmart, Target (similar), Amazon.

That’s all for Part 1 of Baby product reviews – I’m working on writing reviews for some more products, but they’ll come to Instagram highlights sooner than the blog, so make sure to follow along my account nshrivas for more fun!!

Until next time, enjoy!