Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Paneer Mushroom Masala - and about some masalas.

All of us have a tried and tested recipe that we fall back on during those days when we don't have time to think when we cook. This curry is one such which I usually make with either paneer or mushrooms, sometimes eggs, sometimes mixed vegetables. Today as I was deciding between paneer and mushrooms, I wondered how a dish with both of these would taste. My son loves paneer, my husband loves mushrooms and I love both. So there you go. Best of both worlds. Why not?

Before I move on to the recipe, I just thought I'd share a small tip with you. You may have seen a variety of masala powders in the market. And if you are a vegetarian, you may not have given even a second look to some of them. I mean, why would you want to buy meat masala powder when you don't eat meat at all, right? Well, maybe not. These powders are made of a variety of fragrant spices which can add a great deal of flavour to your vegetarian dishes. Yes, to your vegetarian dishes!

I got this tip from my mum-in-law who once added some mutton masala powder to some veg curry she was making. For once I was taken aback when I saw 'mutton' written on the packet (she is a staunch vegetarian) but hey, there's no mutton in there. She also introduced me to Kitchen King masala which I make a point to have in the pantry always.

The taste and spice levels of all these masala powders, ofcourse, vary. So be careful if you are adding any extra chilli powder. You can probably add salt as you roast the masala powders, check the spice level and adjust accordingly.

If you don't have any of these fancy masala powders, just add some chilli powder, coriander powder and jeera powder to taste.

250g paneer
12 to 14 mushrooms
2 large onions
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 medium tomato
1” cinnamon
2 cloves
1 or 2 bay leaves
¼ tsp haldi
1 tbsp meat curry masala  /mutton masala powder/ tandoori masala / pork vindaloo masala/ kitchen king masala etc. or a combination of these.
1/2 tsp garam masala (optional)
1/2 tsp chilli powder (optional)
1/4 cup milk
Approx 1 cup water
Corainder leaves
1 tsp ghee (optional)

Method :
Dice onions and tomatoes. Chop mushrooms into thin slices. Chop paneer into smaller cubes.

In a large deep-bottomed pan, heat oil. Saute onion. Add ginger garlic paste and roast till onions turn brownish (you can cover the pan to quicken the process). Add tomatoes and saute till completely cooked.  Allow to cool.
Transfer to a blender and grind into a smooth paste (without water).

In the same pan, heat 1 tsp oil. Add cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves. With the heat on low, add the ground paste and mix. Turn the heat to medium, add the powders and  roast for a few minutes. Check the spice level and adjust accordingly.
Pour milk and water, mix well and bring to a boil. Add the chopped mushrooms and salt and cook covered for 4 to 5 minutes. Add ghee for some extra flavour [I did not add]. Add paneer pieces and cook for another couple of minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve with naan, chapatis or rice. Drool. Enjoy the bite of the mushrooms and the softness of the paneer.



  1. Loved the color of this...looks delicious n yumm

  2. Looks so delicious.. I too prefer to roast the onion,ginger garlic paste before pureeing it.. It lends a completely new flavour.. I agree with MIL too..Kitchen king tastes so good when added in such gravies.. takes the dish to a completely new level.. not sure if you have tried it.. but sabzi masala too tastes really nice..

  3. Looks delicious ...adding mushroom is nice

  4. I too buy only kitchen king masala but never even look at mutton masala .Thanks for your tips .I must try adding mutton masala to my veg dishes .Quick and easy curry

  5. Just need some naan to go with this delicious curry :-)

  6. wow, mouth watering pics :) I think I too use kitchen king masala, but very rarely.

  7. would love to try this recipe. looks tempting

  8. wow i want it now...creamy .and temptg

  9. innovative!wud like to try this recipe,pls name the veggies in the mixed vegetables which will blend well with this gravy.

  10. You can use potatoes, carrots, beans, frozen peas, frozen corn - I boil these separately in the microwave and add.

  11. ooh !! mouth watering Aparna.. even the colour looks awesome !! Thanks for linking !

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  12. Hi Aparna
    This looks amazing. Please also share your recipe for tandoori roti or naan. I would love to make those at home along with this dish.



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