Methi Malai Paneer

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Methi is the Hindi word for fenugreek leaves and Malai is a Hindi word for Cream. This paneer (Indian cottage cheese) preparation is a delicious creamy curry, made with onions, tomatoes and a blend of spices, specially fenugreek leaves (Methi). Methi Malai Paneer is loved by everyone and it goes well with all sorts of Indian breads.... so try out this exotic delicacy and do not forget to share your thoughts....

methi malai paneer

Ingredients
(makes 4)

  • Paneer   250 gms
  • Onion 1 big/200gms
  • Green chilies 1-2
  • Ginger 1½ inch piece
  • Tomatos 2 small (about 125 gms)
  • Fresh fenugreek leaves, finely chopped 3/4 cups
  • Cashew nuts 10-12
  • Coriander powder 2 ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder ½ tsp
  • Turmeric  powder two pinches
  • Garam masala 3/4 tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Butter/ ghee 2-3 tbsp
  • Water 1 cups
  • Fresh cream ½ cup

Whole spices

  • Bay leaves 2
  • Cloves 4-6
  • Green cardamoms 4
  • Cinnamon 2 pieces (½ inch wide an inch long)

Method of preparation

  1. Peel off onion, remove the skin of ginger, remove the stem of the green chilies and wash them. Roughly chop the green chilies, onion and ginger . In the blender make a fine paste of green chilies, ginger, and onion.
  2. Wash tomates and grind them into fine paste.
  3. Soak cashew nuts in quater cup of warm water for 10 minutes. Make a fine paste of cashew nuts in the blender. (you can also grind dry cashew nuts)
  4. Cut paneer into 1 inch squares. Sauté Paneer in a non stick wok with a little butter for a minute. Keep the paneer aside.
  5. In a non stick wok heat butter/ghee . Add all the wholesome garam masala ingredients (bay leaves, cloves, green cardamoms, and cinnamon) in the ghee/ butter and fry on low heat for a minute.
  6. Now add onion paste and fry on medium heat till golden or until it leaves the sides of the pan. (takes about 8 minutes)
methi malai paneer
whole masala and onion frying                  
  1. Now add chopped methi leaves, coriander powder, red chili powder, 2 pinches of turmeric (optional), and garam masala powder. Mix well and fry for 2-3 minutes.
methi malai paneer
after adding fenugreek (methi) leaves and spices
  1. Now add cashew nut paste and fry for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Now add tomato puree and fry again until masala leaves the sides of the pan. (takes 3-5 minutes)
  3. Add fresh cream, mix well. Now add 1 cup of water and salt. Boil the curry for 5 minutes.
methi malai paneer
after adding cream
  1. Finally add sautée paneer and cook for a couple of minutes.
methi malai paneer
Methi Malai Paneer is ready
  1. Delicious Methi Malai Paneer is now ready to serve.

Serve with Rotis/poori/ butter naan or with other Indian breads.

Some Tips

You can also use kasoori methi in case if you do not find fresh methi leaves.

Fresh Malai can also be used in place of fresh cream.

Some other paneer delicacies