Butter Paneer Masala

with Saffron Rice

This quick and easy pea and paneer curry, which tastes like a vegetarian butter chicken is a delight to savour. Serve with saffron infused rice.

Nutrition Per Portion

  • 1154 Calories |
  • 89.1g Carbohydrates |
  • 68.6g Fat |
  • 7.8g Fibre |
  • 49g Protein |
  • 22.9g Sugar
  • 0.0 min

    Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add the stock and stir to dissolve. When dissolved, remove from the heat.

  • 1.0 min

    Peel and finely chop the garlic and onion.

  • 3.0 min

    In another saucepan, heat half of the olive oil over medium-high heat.

  • 4.0 min

    Add the onion and sautee until softened.

  • 5.5 min

    Add the cumin seeds, cinnamon stick and saffron.

  • 6.0 min

    Add the rice and stir through the onion mixture.

  • 7.0 min

    Stir through the stock and bring to the boil.

  • 8.0 min

    Lower the heat to a simmer. Continue to cook until the rice is tender and the stock has dried out, add additional water if it becomes to dry and rice is not yet cooked (around 11mins).

  • 9.0 min

    Chop the paneer into cubes.

  • 11.0 min

    In a frying pan, a little oil over medium high heat.

  • 12.0 min

    Add the paneer and cook until golden brown all over.

  • 15.0 min

    Transfer the paneer to a plate.

  • 15.5 min

    In saucepan over medium heat add the yoghut, mango chutney, tomato paste, garlic and garam masala.

  • 16.5 min

    Stir until smooth and simmer for 3 minutes.

  • 19.0 min

    Stir through the water. Bring to a simmer, then cook for a further 2 minutes.

  • 20.0 min

    Remove the rice from the heat when tender and set aside.

  • 22.0 min

    Add the peas and paneer, and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the peas are tender.

  • 26.0 min

    Stir in the cream and butter, and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer until slightly thickened.

  • 28.0 min

    Stir through the chilli powder (if desired).

  • 29.0 min

    Distribute the rice among serving bowls.

  • 30.0 min

    Serve the curry alongside the rice.

  • Ingredients

    Paneer, chopped

    Vegetable Oil


    Sweet Mango Chutney

    Tomato Paste

    Garam Masala

    Garlic, finely chopped

    Chilli Powder



    Cumin Seeds

    Cinnamon Stick

    White Rice


    Brown Onion, finely chopped


    Chicken Stock


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