~ 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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~ Quick Fix: Peanuts (Moofali) Chakna/Snack/Salad!!

This is another one of my Mom’s quick Fix and is super yummy! Summer evenings call for a easy snack along with your choice of chilled beverage, and this my friends is a super easy and yummy and goes it all sorts of drinks, if you get what I mean! Haha!!

So here goes…

Ingredients:

– 11/2 cups Lightly salted Peanuts (with or without skin would do)

– 1/2 Onion

– 1 Small Tomato

– 1/2 teaspoon Pepper

– Cilantro / Coriander for garnish

– Salt to taste or skip depending on how much the peanuts are salted

– Juice of 1/2 lemon

– Sev for garnish

Method:

– Dice the onion and tomatoes in small pieces, mix with peanut and add pepper and lemon juice.

– Chop the Cilantro/Coriander leaves finely and garnish with sev as well.

Ta-da!!! You are done!

You can also serve this a salad before main course, goes well with wine, beer and ofcourse soft drinks as well as mango lassi, sweet or salty lassi!

Enjoy!!