Paneer Muttar Masala – from Kranthi’s Kitchen

Paneer Muttar Masala – from Kranthi’s Kitchen

Muttat Paneer Masala:

My friend Kranti(from Herndon, Virginia) has generously contributed her recipe to my blog! I feel proud to display her recipe here!:) A few words about my best friend. We were hostel mates, back then at Hyderabad. Also serious Civil Services aspirants.

I practically survived with her Mommy’s pickles and podis, at hostel. Later when she permanently shifted to Hyderabad from Vijayawada…It became like my second home! Kranthi’s mother is my culinary guru! I love her so much as a person and as a great home chef!! Each time, just before leaving to my place for vacation(Tamil Nadu). She used to prepare and pack me…my favourite pickles(Chicken pickle, Pandu Mirchi Pachadi & Allam Pachadi etc). How sweet, right! Even my mother started admiring her culinary skills! I learnt a lot from her…Bobatlu, Pesarattu, Sugar cane juice – pongal…and her famous authentic Andhra Oorugai(pickles).

Well…my Sweet friend Kranti never picked up her spatula(back then). Whenever she comes to my place(I was self cooking). She will assist me to go to the market, buy vegetables, meat and what not! As I will be cooking for both of us…she will feel bad, that she couldn’t help me in cooking! I enjoyed cooking for her! But she always puts effort like, lending my the wrong spatula…removing the pressure cooker whistle, when it is still in hyper pressure, planning to put salt in coffee(okay this she never did, I am exaggerating). Anyways…after me finishing cooking, we used chat and eat for hours. Talk talk talk the whole night(that’s our kind of Saturday fun). Oh boy, that was some time! We girls had a great time. If I need to talk about Hyderabad stories…I will be going on and on. So let me come to the point.

Now the same Kranti after marriage has become an amazing Cook! Whoo-Aaah!! ‘Puli-kku pirandhadhu Poonai aaguma?’!!! This is a Tamil proverb…literally can be translated like this ‘She is born to the Tigress, can she be a cat?? She did inherit the quality gene from her mother! Its innate property, the style in cooking and bringing taste in cooking (beyond basic science). I am proud of my friend!:)

In her Exact Words:

Paneer Mutter Masala:

Paneer cubes -1 1/2 to 2 cups
Peas- 1cup
Onions(blanched and pureed)-2
Tomatoes(blanched and pureed)-3
Cashew paste-2 tsp(soak few cashews in milk and grind them)
Chili powder-1 1/2 spoons
Salt as per taste
Corriander powder-2 tsp
Garam masala-1/2 tsp
Whole spices(cinnamon, 1 elachi,2 cloves)
Ginger garlic paste-2 tsp
Cilantro and cream for garnish.


1. Fry the panner in a tbsp of butter till light golden brown.keep them aside
2. Heat the pan ,add butter and little oil,add the whole spices .
3. Add pureed onion and fry for 3-4 mins on medium flame.
4. Add pureed tomato and fry for few mins.
5. Add ginger garlic paste and let them be cooked for few mins till all the raw smell
is gone.add corriander powder and give a stir.
6. Add cashew paste …
7. Add panner cubes and frozen peas.u can add little water at this stage
keep the lid on and simmer it till u reach the consistensy.
8 Add garam masala before u switch off the stove.
9. Garnish with cilantro and fresh cream.
best combo:roti.can be had with rice


22 Responses so far.

  1. Asha says:

    Great combo of Matar and Paneer, looks yum. Thanks to her for the recipe! :)

  2. Mangala Bhat says:

    wow ! nice recipe ..Thanks for sharing :)

  3. AnuSriram says:

    Wow.. Lovely and Delicious! Looks like you are in a good circle of Best Cooks! :-)

  4. Thats so sweet Malar :) You must miss her mom’s cooking now…the dish looks so yummy…

  5. Madhumathi says:

    Thats so sweet!
    Paneer muttar looks very mouthwatering..Friends rendu perum poti potutu super ah samaikureengala!

  6. Ushanandini says:

    It is good to have touch with college or school friends even after marriage.Knowing about their traditional food is always interesting.Paneer peas masala in thick gravy and color is excellent!

  7. Hi malar, the dish looks very delicious, rich and colourful…
    say a big hi to your friend :)

  8. Lavanya says:

    mouthwatering malar..making me hungry!!

  9. Enjoyed reading about your life in AP with kranti. Sure u could have enjoyed the days with such a wonderful inmate. Thinking of those hostel days always give me a pep.
    Paneer masala looks yummy dear.

  10. Mrs.Kannan says:

    Malar…It’s always great to have a friend who’s mother cooks the best..I do have some of them…I love andhra recipes…by reading your post itself I am drooling over Kranthi’s moms recipes..Nice recipe..I always love mutter panner..Kalakkunga

  11. varnam says:

    Hi Malar,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a great blog….good recipe’s and presentation. Being a Malayalee and that too after living near the coastal region I can’t live without fish.

  12. yumm..looks delicious..I just love the combo of paneer n peas..:)
    Am missing my frnds now..:(

  13. It looks yummy! It should be tasty.

  14. pragathi says:

    Hi sweet of ur frienship and so..oo yummy is kranti’s asked to convey her wishes to u.we felt damn happy once again recalling ur sweet days @ our house.keep going.

  15. Divz says:

    thats such a sweet post…made me nostalgic too!!

  16. wow.. nice entry Malar.. looks perfect & yummy..

  17. Yasmeen says:

    Tasty tasty paneer mutter masala,I must say I was lot like Kranti with zero passion for cooking before tying the nuptial knots:)

  18. Deepa Hari says:

    Nice post…convey our thanks to Kranthi and her mom for sharing their recipe…Loooks great.

  19. nice anecdotes and delicious recipe; i love anything with panneer!
    reminded me about my own hostel memories, jolly days, right?

    what is that blue beside? a cocktail?

  20. meeso says:

    That looks too spicy and good!

  21. MR says:

    peas and potato are like made for each other
    nice recipe
    thanks for dropping by my blog

  22. Ashwini says:

    That looks so yumm. Perfect and delicious..

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