Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Paneer Methi Malai (Creamy cottage cheese curry flavored with dry fenugreek leaves)

Paneer Methi Malai

 Paneer cooked in a creamy sauce and flavoured with dry fenugreek leaves give this Curry a very distinct flavour .It is  very easy to make and can be prepared quickly if you have all the ingredients available with you. Instead of using fresh fenugreek leaves ,kasuri methi is used which gives a nice and aromatic flavour to the dish. it goes very well with any kind of Indian flat breads i.e Naan,kulcha,poori or even plain phulkas.I served mine with ajwain parathas.

200gms Paneer (Cottage cheese)
1 Medium size Onion  Finely chopped
1 Large Tomato  Finely chopped
1 1/2 Tsp Ginger garlic paste
3/4 Tsp Chilli powder
1 Tbs Garam masala
1 /2 Tsp Cumin powder
1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
2 Tbs Cooking oil
1 Tbs Butter
2 Tbs Fresh cream
2 Tbs Kasuri Methi (Dried  fenugreek leaves)
Salt To taste
Ginger julienne for garnish


  • Cut paneer into 1" cubes and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a medium pan . Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes or until it turns translucent.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and stir fry for 1-2 minutes.Add all the spice powders and salt and give it a stir,add 1-2 Tbs water to avoid spices from burning.
  • Add chopped tomato and kasuri methi and saute untill oil separates from the gravy.
  • Add paneer and mix gently.Add butter and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Finally add cream and let it simmer for 1 minute and take out of the stove stop.
  • Garnish with a dollop of butter and julienned ginger .
  • Serve hot with parathas,phulkas or rice.


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