Methi Malai Paneer Or Paneer In Fenugreek Gravy

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Methi Malai Paneer

Paneer is known as cottage cheese. This can be made at home or can be used store bought. Homemade paneer or cottage cheese is softer than store bought. Paneer can be used in curries, stir-fries, kebabs or pulao dishes. There are lots of different kinds of curries using paneer like Matar Paneer, Butter Paneer, Paneer tikka masala etc. Today I'm going to share a very delicious recipe of paneer in which I've used coconut milk to make the creamy gravy. This is a Mughlai dish in which Paneer is cooked in a rich thick creamy gravy, and serves with Indian Bread Or Rice items. This is not a spicy curry at all, not too oily. Here is the recipe for 'Paneer Methi Malai'.




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Ingredients for Methi Malai Paneer

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Preperation steps for Methi Malai Paneer

  Take a pan and heat 2 cups of water, add 1 teaspoon salt in the water, and make the water boil. Turn off the heat, add the paneer block and keep aside for 30 minutes. In this way, the paneer will be soft.

  After 30 minute, take the paneer and pat dry with paper towel. Then put the paneer block on a cutting board, and make desire pieces.

  Now heat oil into the pan, and lightly fry the paneer pieces and keep aside. In the same oil add garlic, onion and fry till they become light golden brown.

  Now add the turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt, sugar and sprinkle some water to prevent the spices to burn. When the spices start seperating  oil, add the tomatoes.

  Cover the pan, lower the heat and let the tomatoes to be cooked and pulpy. When the tomatoes become pulpy, turn off the heat and let the masala to cool down completely.

  When the masala will be completely cool down, pour the masala in a small spice grinder, add 2-3 tablespoons of water with it and grind the masala to make smooth.

  Heat butter and 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan, add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, cumin seeds, fry till nice fragrance comes from the whole masala.

  Add the masala paste to the pan and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Now add the coconut milk into the pan and bring the gravy to boil.

  Let it boil for 5 minutes, add Kasuri methi and fried paneer pieces and cover the pan, boil for 1 minute and turn off the heat. Check the salt & sugar.

  Serve creamy 'Methi Malai Paneer' with Chapati/Roti/Paratha/Puri Or any Rice items. Enjoy.....

Serving Tips

Serve Methi Malai Paneer with Indian Bread Or Rice items & cucumber onion salad.


You may use Cream instead of Coconut Milk, but use 1/2 the quantity of coconut milk, as the cream is thicker than coconut milk.

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