Low fat Paneer Makhanwala ?? That’s the message I read on hubby’s face as I planned my dinner menu last night. I have my husband’s nephew who orders either Paneer Makhanwala or Paneer Butter Masala everytime with Butter Kulcha everytime he goes out : so much so that they have stopped asking him what he wants to eat. Today’s dish is a take on the same – and adapted from here, I chose to make it as low fat and low cal as possible. We enjoyed it Butter Kulcha, and my daughter now says I need to make Paneer dishestwice a week instead of only Sundays… Mission accomplished : I had satisfied my fussiest eater 🙂
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Prep time :15 mins.Cook time :15 mins.Serves: 4
- Paneer / Cottage Cheese – 200 gms
- Onions – 3 large (split use) – chopped thin vertically
- Tomatoes – 3 large
- Salt – to taste
- Butter – 1/2 TBSP
- Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 tsp
- olive Oil – 2 TBSP
- Milk – 3/4 cup
- Onions (caramelised)
- Poppy seeds – 1/4 tsp
- Cashew – 3 or 4
- Garlic – 1 pod
- Ginger – 1/2 inch
- Green Chilly – 1 no
- Red chilly (Kashmiri) – 1 no.
Dry Masalas :
- Garam Masala – 1 TBSP
- Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
- Kitchen king Masala – 1/2 TBSP
- Turmeric – a dash
- Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp
- Coriander – little
- Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp
- Fresh cream – 1/4 tsp (opt.)
1) In a non stick pan, melt butter and ghee together. Add the paneer chunks and fry them till golden brown and slightly crunchy. Drain on paper towels and immerse in luke warm water for 4-6 mins.
2) Blanch and puree tomatoes till you get a fine puree. Strain and reserve.
3) Soak cashewnuts in 1/4 cup of hot water for 10 mins.
4) Meanwhile, fry 3/4 of the finely chopped onions in 2 TBSP of oil till golden brown. Add a teeny weeny pinch of sugar to aid quicker caramelisation. Drain on a paper towel.
5) Grind together the caramelised onions with the rest of the ingredients under “to grind” above.
6) In a deep bottomed pan, add 1 tsp of oil. Add the rest of the sliced onions. Fry well. Add the ground masala , salt and fry again. Now add the pureed tomatoes and the dry masalas one by one. When the gravy starts leaving out oil on the sides, add the fried paneer cubes. Mix well.
7) Take it off the fire and add the milk. Cover and sim for 2 – 3 mins.
8) Finish with cream(opt.), coriander leaves, kasuri methi, lemon juice and serve hot with any Indian bread.