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Semi-Homemade Malai Paneer Curry Recipe

20 Mar

malai-paneer-curry-recipe-masala-simmer-sauce-pasta-spicyAn accidental recipe that became a hit and helped me to discover and easy way to make any Indian malai curry. My husband later refused to eat the frozen malai paneer curry I had got from the Indian store. I love the tikka masala curry for its creaminess and since I had Trader Joe’s masala simmer sauce in my pantry for a while I had the idea to use it with some heavy cream. What I got was a very well spiced creamy curry which was close to any typical tikka curry available in the restaurants. You could use the curry with paneer, chunky pieces of eggplant, chicken, mushrooms,prawns (shrimps), crab or losbter and it will be equally delicious.

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 bottle of trader joe’s masala simmer sauce

1 block or 2-3 cups of cubed paneer about 1 inch cubes

1/4 cup water

1/3- 1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup frozen peas

season with salt (optional)

Directions:

In a pot add the simmer sauce and bring it to a light boil /simmer.

Next add the heavy cream, paneer bring it to a simmer again add the frozen grean peas and check for seasoning.

Let cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Take off heat and add some fresh cut cilantro for additional flavor.

Serve with white rice, pasta for a vegetarian option as the sauce is creamy or fresh baked bread, naan or roti.

Check out my video to see how easy and quick it is to make the Malai Paneer Curry.

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82 Responses to “Semi-Homemade Malai Paneer Curry Recipe”

  1. Tofino Photography March 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    Oh I love Curry! Looks delightful.We have no Trader Joe’s up in Canada that I know of? Will have to look for substitutes.
    Thanks!

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

      That is awesome…Any Indian simmer sauce of other brands should work. Hopefully you can find some 🙂

  2. Jim March 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    you’re quite the cook. 🙂

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

      Hahaha 🙂 Thanks Jim its just like the saying goes “necessity is mother of all invention “.

  3. urbanmonique March 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

    Oh I’m so doin’ this…

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

      That is so awesome to know 🙂

  4. vanbytheriver March 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    Paneer is a new one to me…looks like tofu, but is it more like cheese in flavor ??? Thanks.

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

      Yes it is and chewy as well 🙂

  5. Wendy March 20, 2017 at 5:45 pm #

    I’ve tried to make my own paneer twice. I don’t quite have the technique or a teacher. This looks amazing! Great work.

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

      Thank You Wendy. I too have tried it twice but mine was soft so now I leave it to the experts 🙂

  6. circadianreflections March 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    I love curry, and your video addition. Click over to YouTube to watch it there.

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

      Thank you Deborah 🙂

  7. Mel & Suan March 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    Oh Paneer! hmmmm…will take that in curry, or any sauce any day!

  8. jrusoloward March 20, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

    It looks amazing! I’ll have to try it.

  9. Izzie's Kitchen March 20, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

    Yum

  10. savvysouthindian March 20, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    Looks so delicious!

  11. InspiresN March 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    Need to checkout the Trader Joe’s simmer sauce ..looks yum!

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

      You should…it’s a great sauce 🙂

  12. Hans Susser March 20, 2017 at 7:03 pm #

    Lovely 🙂

  13. Tracy @ It's a T-Sweets Day! March 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

    Yum!!!! Looks easy and delicious:)

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

      Thank You Tracy so much 🙂

  14. elliebleu March 20, 2017 at 10:34 pm #

    I love accidental recipes. 🙂 This one looks amazing and packed with flavor.

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

      It sure is Ellie, I was excited after I made it 🙂

  15. Megala March 21, 2017 at 1:58 am #

    Simply delicious!

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

      Thank You Megala 🙂

  16. the20somethingexistentialcrisis March 21, 2017 at 6:57 am #

    I’ve had paneer before, but it’s not something I know much about. I’m keto, and looking for good low carb recipes. I’d probably sub out the peas for a different veggie. But with some chicken — yum. Chicken tikka masala is probably my favorite Indian dish next to butter chicken. I’m working on a low carb variation — the tomatoes and paste tend to add up. But one can dream!

    Excellent post!

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

      Thank You so much. You definitely can replace it will lower carbs maybe some tofu or fish 🙂

  17. fravitch March 21, 2017 at 9:08 am #

    Awesome!! I love love love curry!!! This your original curry looks wonderful 🙂

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

      Thank You so much, I am so happy to hear that 🙂

  18. Rhonda Sittig March 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

    Thanks Nandini– this looks awesome! And we live near Trader Joe’s to pick up the sauce. thanks!

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

      Thank is so awesome Rhonda… lucky you mine is 3 miles down 🙂

  19. cc March 23, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    I will certainly try this dish.

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

      That is so awesome to know CC 🙂

  20. tokyolocalsites March 24, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Not that you need it since your site is great but I have nominated you for the Bloggers Recognition Award. I am glad to have come across your blog. Have a look at my recent post for the rules, questions, etc. I hope you will accept the nomination. Congratulations!
    Tokyolocalsites

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

      Thank You for the kind gesture and nomination 🙂

  21. Botendaddy March 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    This looks really good. I love the Matar Paneer so I assume this is similar. Thanks to the always lovely Nandini

    Peace be the Botendaddy

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  22. junkytravel March 25, 2017 at 12:54 am #

    Thanks for sharing such an amazing recipe. 🙂 We have the same dish in Pakistan but we usually add yogurt instead of heavy cream to thicken the sauce. Love you idea. 🙂

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

      Thanks for sharing I learnt something new 🙂

  23. stateeats March 25, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

    Oh yes, I have relied on TJ many a time with that sauce, it is really good. – Kat

    • Nandini March 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

      It sure it Kat, I was excited to have found it 🙂

  24. updownflight March 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

    I love curries too, but I usually have to have them only when I’m alone. My husband is allergic to garlic. Do you know off hand any dinner entree recipes on your blog that wouldn’t have garlic? Or could have garlic eliminated easily? He is not allergic to onions, chives, or shallots strangely enough.

  25. Rosaliene Bacchus March 31, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    I love curry and cook it often. I use a recipe an East Indian friend in my native land Guyana taught me.
    Thanks for the follow 🙂

    • Nandini April 4, 2017 at 11:54 am #

      That is awesome Rosaliene…I am so happy to hear that 🙂

  26. steveo March 31, 2017 at 7:16 pm #

    Oh, I’m so hungry now my stomach is hurting. Hmmmm!!! 😋

  27. erinpollen April 2, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

    I LOVE Trader Joe’s, too 🙂 and curry… I could at it everyday. This looks so good!

    • Nandini April 4, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

      Thant is so awesome 🙂

  28. Kushagra Bisen April 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

    Lovely!
    💓

  29. Brainy Versatility April 7, 2017 at 8:23 am #

    Your blogs makes my mouth watery seeing all this delicious foods. You going to turn me into a chef lol. Waiting for your next delicious post:D

  30. flavours2017 April 12, 2017 at 1:53 am #

    Liked it —😊

  31. Chelvi S April 19, 2017 at 6:06 am #

    Oh I love that masala simmer sauce from Trader Joes. I haven’t used it for any curry. I should try this. I used that sauce as a biryani paste for rice or quinoa dishes LOL

    • Nandini May 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

      Oh!…you should try it. I also add additional cream to it and make is as a spicy pasta sauce 🙂

  32. in567 April 19, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

    I’m a big fan of curry and Indian food. Mouth-watering, this one! O.O

  33. Brent | College Recipe Cafe April 20, 2017 at 5:11 am #

    Love the looks of this curry dish you have made! Looks like it is a one pot meal as well…I like that too!!! Cheers!

    • Nandini May 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

      Thanks Brent…yes it is 🙂

  34. feedinghangrymonsters April 22, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    This sounds amazing! My family loves curry, I will have to try this!

    • Nandini May 2, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      That is awesome to know 🙂

  35. Greg T. April 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm #

    I shouldn’t be looking at this now… even though I just ate, and I feel full, I got hungry looking, WTH.

  36. InspiresN April 28, 2017 at 6:17 am #

    Hi Nandini,

    I nominated you for a Blogger Recognition Award!It’s totally optional but fun
    https://inspiresn.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/blogger-recognition-award/

    Congratulations!

  37. Namagiri Sridhar May 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    Hi Nandini,

    Thanks for visiting my blog.you have a great blog here.can’t wait to try some of your recipes.

    Namagiri

    • Nandini May 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

      thank You so much Namagiri 🙂

  38. chefkreso June 10, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    Looks really delicious, I’ll give the recipe a try since I love curry 🙂

    • Nandini June 23, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

      Thank You so much ChefKreso I am so happy to hear that 🙂

  39. docsimonson July 8, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    Beautiful photography, amazing recipes! Thank you for sharing your culture and foods with the world. It’s a very gracious gift!

    • Nandini July 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

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