~ 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


  • 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


  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!!


~ Monthly Goals?!

Hi Y’all!!

Hope y’all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and are content… I surely am and this blog post is courtesy that!

We had a wonderful long weekend with our friends from Virginia Tech who were visiting us from Indianapolis. It was a perfect mix of laid back and adventurous and what was heartwarming was seeing Lil Miss K loving her time with Chacha Chachi. We relaxed at home, watched movies, played games, tried various cuisines, explored Austin and gave them a taste of Hill country when we went swimming at one of the beautiful natural swimming holes, Krause Springs.

This past weekend was one which leaves you happy and positive, and there’s nothing like old friendships!

Today’s post is brought to you by my positive mood and happy soul. In this post I will be talking about the benefits of having a monthly goal and what mine are for September, so read along!


You can divide your goals into different categories for better managing them, some categories for example are:

– Health / Fitness

– Work

– Personal / Self Care

– Relationships

– Finances

– Fun

Lately, I’ve been so on-the-go that I am looking to sit back and relax and take it easy. I’m excited to be home for the next couple of months and really just enjoy a routine, once I set one. While my focus is on just renewing and refreshing my energy, I do not want the month to slip by and hence setting up some goals.

I am a meticulous planner and checking off a to-do list or a goal list gives me immense pleasure. I love the feeling of accomplishment that I get once I have tackled a task or achieved a goal. Since I am not really looking to do much this month, my list is pretty simple and not complicated this month. Read on to know what’s on my monthly goal list for September 2018!!

My Goals for September 2018:

– Health and Fitness:

Go for a walk atleast 4 times a week – enough of sitting around doing nothing! Time to get on track with a fairly easy fitness routine!

– Work (which for me is my blog)

Post atleast 1 blog post a week – really hoping to get back to some kind of blogging schedule, let’s see how it goes 🙂🙃 With the amount of half written drafts and notes I have to complete them, you’d think this task should be fairly simple, but with a little one in the picture, the day flies by and I hardly find any free time to give the much needed attention my blog needs!

– Personal / Self Care

Schedule some me-time everyday, even if it is just half an hour – I feel like a little bit of time set aside for yourself can really boost you up and give you the much needed and well deserved break from the otherwise busy schedule we have every single day, be it one of a stay at home mom or a working woman.

– Relationships

Mommy n Baby: Take Lil Miss K to library story time and other fun/educational play dates.

I n Hubby: Binge watch a show on Netflix, do more of the things we enjoy!

Friends n Family: Have them over for games night or just to hang out otherwise.

– Fun

Try 2-3 new restaurants this month – We are usually creature of habit and seldom try new places. But I want to be a little more adventurous and try new restaurants / cuisines!

See 1-2 new things in/around Houston – I love how much Houston has to offer.

Hopefully start a new book – Gosh! This is definitely one thing I miss doing, reading!!

Arrange the house and set a routine – I have been so on-the-go lately that I haven’t had a single weekend just free to rest, relax, renew and refresh while enjoying our new home!

I am keeping my list straight forward this time around coz I don’t want to burden myself, I want to use this list of goals to enjoy September all while taking it easy.

Hope you enjoyed this post… Do you have monthly goals?! I’d love to hear!!

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