11 Jul

Butter Paneer Masala Recipe: A Flavorful Journey with Aeroplane Masala

Craving a delicious, creamy paneer dish that packs a punch of flavor? Look no further! Butter Paneer Masala, with its rich, aromatic gravy and soft paneer cubes, is a beloved dish that can transform any meal into a feast. Today, we’re giving this classic recipe a twist by using Aeroplane Masala, a spice blend known for its robust flavors and perfect balance. Let’s dive into this culinary adventure and create a Butter Paneer Masala that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy.

Ingredients:

For the Paneer Marinade:

  • 200 grams paneer, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Aeroplane Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt to taste

For the Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon Aeroplane Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped for garnish
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

Step 1: Marinate the Paneer

  1. In a bowl, combine yogurt, Aeroplane Garam Masala, red chili powder, and salt.
  2. Add the paneer cubes and gently toss to coat them evenly with the marinade.
  3. Cover the bowl and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the paneer.

Step 2: Prepare the Gravy

  1. Heat butter and oil in a large pan over medium heat. The combination of butter and oil prevents the butter from burning and gives a rich flavor to the dish.
  2. Add the finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown. This step is crucial as it forms the base of the gravy.
  3. Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for another 2 minutes until the raw smell disappears.
  4. Pour in the tomato puree and cook until the oil starts to separate from the mixture. This indicates that the tomatoes are well-cooked and have melded with the onions and spices.

Step 3: Spice it Up

  1. Add Aeroplane Garam Masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, and red chili powder to the pan. Stir well to combine.
  2. Cook the spices with the tomato-onion mixture for a few minutes until the spices release their aroma.

Step 4: Finish the Gravy

  1. Reduce the heat to low and slowly stir in the heavy cream. This adds a luxurious creaminess to the gravy.
  2. Crush the kasuri methi between your palms and add it to the gravy. This imparts a distinct, slightly bitter flavor that complements the richness of the dish.
  3. Season with salt to taste and let the gravy simmer for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 5: Cook the Paneer

  1. While the gravy simmers, lightly pan-fry the marinated paneer cubes in a separate pan until they are golden brown on all sides. This step enhances the texture of the paneer, giving it a slight crispiness on the outside while remaining soft inside.
  2. Gently add the fried paneer cubes to the simmering gravy and mix well, ensuring each piece is coated with the delicious sauce.
  3. Let the paneer simmer in the gravy for another 5 minutes, allowing it to absorb the flavors.

Step 6: Garnish and Serve

  1. Garnish the Butter Paneer Masala with fresh coriander leaves.
  2. Serve hot with naan, roti, or steamed basmati rice. Don’t forget to have a side of sliced onions and lemon wedges for a complete meal experience.

Tips for the Perfect Butter Paneer Masala:

  • Quality Paneer: Use fresh, high-quality paneer for the best texture and flavor.
  • Balanced Spices: Aeroplane Garam Masala is key to achieving the right balance of spices. Adjust the quantity according to your heat preference.
  • Cream: Heavy cream is essential for the creamy texture. For a lighter version, you can use half-and-half or even coconut milk for a different flavor twist.
  • Simmering Time: Allowing the gravy to simmer ensures all the flavors meld together beautifully. Don’t rush this step!

Enjoy the symphony of flavors in this Butter Paneer Masala, enhanced by the magic of Aeroplane Masala. It’s a dish that’s sure to impress your family and friends, bringing the rich culinary heritage of India to your table. Happy cooking!

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