Remitbee Family Recipe: Paneer Masala

By Remitbee - Nov 2, 2020

Canada is fortunate to be home to various cultures and ethnicities, and different kinds of delicious food come with this melting pot of people. That’s why we’ve collected family recipes from immigrants across Canada for our Remitbee Recipe series. This time, Sara from Vancouver shares with us her favorite dish from India - Paneer Masala Recipe.

What is Paneer Masala?

It is a rich & creamy curry made with paneer(cheese), spices, onions, tomatoes, butter, and cashews. It is one of the most popular dishes in Indian and South Asian restaurants.


  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamon Pods
  • Cloves
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Ground Turmeric
  • Ground Coriander
  • Tomato Purée Oil
  • Paneer
  • Coriander Leaves


  1. Heat a knob of butter in a large pan, add the onion and stir for a minute with the heat on high. Stir in enough hot water to make it saucy by adding the tomato purée.
  2. Add 2 green cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves, and fennel seeds.
  3. Stir for 5 minutes
  4. Add the ginger and garlic
  5. cook on low heat for another 5 minutes, stirring regularly to ensure that nothing catches up.
  6. Add the turmeric, coriander, and chili powder and fry for a minute, gently.
  7. Bring it to a boil and simmer, stirring for 20 minutes occasionally.
  8. Season with salt.
  9. Cool this completely and add it to a blender.
  10. Pour 1 cup of water
  11. Blend this mixture to a super smooth puree.

In a large non-stick frying pan, heat a bit of oil and fry the paneer until golden. Add the sauce to the paneer and tomato and simmer for 10 minutes.

And that’s it! Transfer paneer butter masala to a serving bowl. Garnish with cream and finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve paneer masala with rice, chapati, paratha, and butter naan. Hopefully, this recipe helps you think of home or has allowed you to try something new!

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