Paneer (Cottage cheese) -250 gm
2-3 onions roughly chopped
4 big tomatoes cut
1 handful of cashewnuts
2-3 green chillies/julienned capsicums
1 tblsp.ginger-garlic paste.
2 tsp.kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp.cummin seed powder
1tsp.garam masala powder
1/2 tsp.roughly crushed pepper
2 tblsp.kasuri methi leaves.(dried fenugreek leaves)
Salt to taste.
Heat a tblsp.of butter,and saute the onions,tomatoes,and cashew till the onions are pink,and the tomatoes are soft.Grind this coarsely and set aside.
Heat the remaining butter on a slow fire(do not allow the butter to brown).Add the chilli powder.
Add the ginger-garlic paste immediately, take care not to allow the chilli powder to get burnt,as it will lose the color and the flavor.
Add the ground paste,and salt and saute well till.
Add 1 cup water and cook for 5-7minutes.
Add cut paneer and the rest of the ingredients except kasuri methi. Simmer for 5-10 minutes
Slightly toss the methi leaves for 1 second in a pan.
Crush the tossed leaves between the palms of your hands and add to the masala for good aroma and flavour
You could add boiled green peas/snow peas/or finely cut spinach leaves/cauliflower/broccoli/mushrooms./boiled or grilled potatoes……and many more non vegetarian dishes like chicken diced(fried or made into balls).Fish fillets or fried fish,prawn or crab whatever, this basic butter masala is a good combination with rotis naan n pulaos and also wraps,frankies,tarts,rolls…….
Put your creativity cap on…….:)