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Cottage Cheese Butter Masala

Cottage Cheese Butter Masala

Cooking Time

Preparation Time : 10

Cook Time : 20

Total Time : 30

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 250 gms cottage cheese, cubed into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 medium Tomato

  • 2 medium Onions

  • 5-6 Cashew Nuts

  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Seeds, roasted

  • 1-2 Cloves

  • 1/2 piece Bay Leaf A small piece of Cinnamon Stick

  • 2 Green Cardamoms

  • 1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste

  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder

  • 1 drop Red Food Color, optional

  • 1/3 cup Curd (not sour)

  • 1/3 cup Warm Water

  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar, optional

  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Cream

  • 1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder

  • 2-3 strands Saffron, dissolved in 1 teaspoon water, optional

  • 3 tablespoons Cooking Oil or Ghee (clarified butter)

  • 1/4 tsp to taste Salt

  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh cream,grated cheese, coriander garnishing

Directions

  • 01

    Grind cashew nuts with roasted coriander seeds into smooth powder and keep aside until required.

  • 02

    Blanched onion to medium coarse paste in a grinder.

  • 03

    Heat oil in a kadai (or pan) over medium flame. Add cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon and green cardamom. When they begin to crackle, add crushed onion. Stir-fry until it becomes light brown for approx. 3-4 minutes.

  • 04

    Add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, a drop of red food color, cashew nut powder and stir-fry for a minute.

  • 05

    Add crushed tomato puree and salt. Stir-fry for 2-minutes. Add curd, sugar and 1/3 cup warm water.

  • 06

    Mix them and let mixture boil until oil starts to separate.

  • 07

    Takeaway kadai from flame and let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.

  • 08

    Discard whole spices (cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon and green cardamom), transfer mixture to a blender jar and blend it to smooth puree in blender or food processor.

  • 09

    Again, transfer it to same kadai and place on the gas.

  • 10

    Add fresh cream, garam masala powder and dissolved saffron. Mix well and cook for a minute. Add cottage cheese cubes and mix properly to coat them with gravy.

  • 11

    Garnish it with fresh cream, grated cheese and coriander leaves serve hot with naan.

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