Dhaba Style Paneer Masala

This is perhaps one of the most selling dishes in the road side dhabas – very spicy and delicious This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Dhaba Style Paneer Masala - SK Khazana

Dhaba Style Paneer Masala

Main Ingredients Paneer (cottage cheese), Salt
Cuisine Punjabi,Indian
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 31-40 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg


  • 300 grams paneer (cottage cheese) cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • A pinch of  carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 dried red chillies
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 cup grated onion 
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 2-3 green chillies, slit
  • 1 cup fresh tomato puree
  • 1/2 tablespoon paneer masala
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons gram flour (besan) roasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)  + for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves 
  • 3-4 light green chillies, slit
  • Naan to serve


  1. Take cottage cheese cubes in a large bowl, add salt, 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, and a pinch of carom seeds and toss well. Add a few drops of water and toss lightly. Set aside to marinate for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tbsps oil, add cumin seeds, cinnamon, bay leaf, dried red chilli and green cardamoms, mix and sauté till fragrant.
  3. Add onions and a little salt, mix and sauté till light golden brown.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste and green chillies, mix and sauté for 1-2 minutes or till the raw smells disappear.
  5. Adjust salt, remaining Kashmiri red chilli powder, remaining turmeric powder and 1 tbsp water, mix well and saute for 1 minute.
  6. Add fresh tomato puree and mix well. Add Paneer Masala and mix well. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or till oil separates.
  7. Add roasted gram flour, mix and saute for 1 minute. Add 1 cup water and mix well. Cover and cook, stirring a few times, for 8-10 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a shallow non-stick pan, add the cottage cheese cubes and shallow-fry till lightly golden brown on all sides.
  9. Add the cottage cheese cubes into the gravy along with the oil in which they were fried. Sprinkle a little kasuri methi powder, coriander leaves and light green chillies and mix lightly. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Take it off the heat.
  10. Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with kasuri methi powder, coriander leaves and a light green chilli and serve hot with naan.