Dhaba Style Paneer masala

30-35 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 20-25 minutes | Servings: 2-4


4 medium size Onions, chopped,  प्याज


For Marination

400 gms Paneer, cubes, पनीर

Salt to taste, नमक स्वादानुसार

1 tsp Degi red chilli powder, देगी लाल मिर्च पाउडर

½ tsp Turmeric powder, हल्दी पाउडर


½ cup Emami Smart Balance Oil for frying, तलने के लिए इमामी स्मार्ट बैलेंस तेल


For Ginger Garlic Paste

1 ½ inch Ginger, अदरक

4-5 Garlic cloves, लहसुन

2 Green chilli, broken, हरी मिर्च

Salt to taste,  नमक स्वादानुसार


For Tempering

Remaining Emami smart balance oil, इमामी स्मार्ट बैलेंस तेल

3-4 Dry red chilli, सुखी लाल मिर्च

2 Cloves, लॉन्ग

4-5 Black Peppercorns,  काली मिर्च के दाने

1 tsp Cumin seeds, जीरा

Prepared ginger garlic paste,  तैयार किया हुआ अदरक लहसुन का पेस्ट

1 heaped tsp Degi red chilli powder, देगी लाल मिर्च पाउडर

½ tsp Turmeric powder, हल्दी पाउडर

1 heaped tsp Coriander powder, धनिया पाउडर

½ cup fresh Tomato puree, ताज़े टमाटर की प्यूरी

Salt to taste, नमक स्वादानुसार

¾ tsp Prepared paneer masala, तैयार किया हुआ मसाला

Fried paneer, तला हुआ पनीर


For Paneer Masala

1 tbsp Cumin seeds, जीरा

2 Coriander seeds, धनिया की बीज

2-4 Cloves, लॉन्ग

½ tsp Black Peppercorns, काली मिर्च के दाने

2 Black cardamom, बड़ी इलायची

1 Green cardamom, हरी इलायची

½ inch Cinnamon stick, दालचीनी


For Sirka Pyaz

1 cup Vinegar, सिरका

1 medium size Beetroot, small cube, चुकंदर

1 Bay leaf, तेजपत्ता

Salt to taste, नमक स्वादानुसार

2 tsp Sugar,  चीनी

5-10 Shallots, pelled, छोटा प्याज़

½ inch Ginger, pelled, अदरक


For Garnish

Coriander leaves, धनिया पत्ता



For Marination

  • In a bowl, add paneer, degi red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt to taste and mix everything well.


For Frying Paneer

  • Heat emami healthy and smart balanced oil in a kadai, onces its medium hot add paneer cubes and fry on medium flame until crisp.
  • Remove in an absorbent paper and keep it aside for future use.


For Ginger Garlic Paste

  • In a motarpestel, add ginger, garlic cloves, green chilli, salt to taste and make a smooth paste out of it.


For Tempering

  • Once the oil is medium hot, add dry red chilli, cloves, black peppercorns, cumin seeds let it splutter.
  • Add onion and saute until translucent.
  • Add prepared ginger garlic paste and saute it well.
  • Add degi red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and saute until the row smell goes away.
  • Add tomato puree and mix everything well.
  • Add salt to taste and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Now, add prepared paneer masala and fried paneer mix everything well.
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot with sirka pyaz.

For Paneer Masala

  • In a pan, add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, black peppercorns, black cardamom, green cardamom, cinnamon stick dry roast the spices.
  • Onces its cool down transfer it into a grinder and grind it into a fine powder,
  • Keep it aside for future use.


For Sirka Pyaz

  • In a heavy bottom pan, add vinegar and give it a boil.
  • Add beetroot, bay leaf, salt to taste, sugar, shallots.
  • Add ginger and give it a boil.
  • Onces it’s at room temperature, transfer it into a jar and use it later.