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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

          I learnt this gravy from my friend Sangeeta,she made this once when I visited her home,she made this gravy with mushrooms,then my son and I myself liked it so much and then I took the recipe from her and tried myself after sometime.The first two times it was flop,but then once it clicked,so now a days, this has become one of the regular,in my menu if I make rotis. Even the guest who came here have told its really good :)
          I was thinking for so long time for making this one in microwave oven,to be true I was scared to try,but last night, I took this as a challenge and tried and the result was perfect! So for my own event,I am contributing this.... Since the stepwise pictures are many I made it as a collage... If any body wants to try this, and have any doubt,please feel free to contact me...And I am assuring you that this will come out very nice :)



Paneer,cut in to cubes 3/4 cup
Onion 2 medium sized
Tomato 1 big
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
cashew nuts 10 nos.
Milk 1 1/4 cup
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 3/4 tsp
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Salt as needed
Coriander leaves For garnishing
To Temper:
Ghee/butter/oil 2 tblsp (or less,Ur choice)
Cinnamon 1 inch piece
Cardamom 1-2
Cloves 1-2
Bay leaf 1


  1. Soak cashew nut in warm water for 1/2 an hour and grind to a smooth paste,keep aside.
  2. Boil water and add the paneer cubes( should get immersed in water) and keep closed till use.
  3. Remove the head part and tail part of the onion and dont peel off the skin, keep this in the microwave oven in high for 2 mins.
  4. Take it out and keep aside for(standing time 2 min),after it cools down, remove the skin and cut into cubes.
  5. Onion should have turned transparent and cooked well.
  6. Grind this with the tomato(chopped) to a smooth paste,keep a side.
  7. Take a tsp of oil,in a microwavable glass bowl and add the dry spices under the to temper table and heat it in the microwave oven in high for 2 minutes,then stir well and again heat for another two minutes.
  8. Then carefully add the ground onion tomato paste,a tblsp of ghee,ginger garlic paste and stir well and cook this covered for 4 minutes in high power.
  9. Add all the powders and stir well and again cook in high for another 4 minutes,stir in between once to avoid burning in the sides of the vessel.
  10. Then again stir well and add the ground cashew paste,remaining oil/ghee/butter and cook for 2 mins in microwave high.
  11. Stir well and again cook for 2 mins,stirring in between once.
  12. Then add a half cup of milk little by little and stir carefully well,without forming any lumps.
  13. Then add another 1/2 cup milk and mix well and cook in high for 3 minutes.
  14. Stir well and add the remaining milk and cook in high for 2 minutes.
  15. Add the paneer cubes lastly, mix carefully and give a boil for 2 minutes in high power.
  16. Give a two minute standing time.
  17. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and transfer to serving bowl and serve with roties/pulav or parathas...!!!
  • Always give standing time for things cooked in Microwave oven.
  • Be careful when you touch the vessel,always use heat resistant gloves meant for ovens.
  • Don't use microwave safe dishes,use microwave oven cook wares meant for cooking...there's a lot difference between micro wavable safe and cook ware.
  • I did the whole process in microwave high power only,so who have basic microwave oven also can try this.
  • Just adjust the cooking time,since each oven has its own settings...but the cooking time will be more or less that is around the mentioned time only.


          This is also being called as maida omlete by many,thats because I think the texture is similar to the egg omlete...This is my hubby's favorite,in fact my in-laws all like this...I saw this in Simple Indian Food blog ,who is hosting the event,but made a bit changes too....Maida is not too good for health,you can have this once in a while,no harm...very easy to make with simple ingredients...My hubby will have this with sugar and curd!
          If you are too health conscious, you can replace maida with wheat flour,only thing is you have to add chopped onions to it as it would be too bland...or else you can mix 50/50 maida and wheat flour also and make this dosa...I
  Happy to send this to our blogger friend's event MBP - Easy Breezy Breakfast
!, Orignally started in The Spice Cafe by coffee!

Maida/all purpose flour 1 cup
Rice flour 1/4 cup
Curry leaves,coriander leaves 1 sprig each
Jeera 1 tsp
Salt As needed


1. DSC_1350 Mix all the ingredients above with required water.
The consistency should be thin.(Slightly thicker than how we have for rava dosa)
2. DSC_1356 Spread 1/2 tsp oil evenly on a hot tava and pour first in the outer circle then fill the inner part.(Should be thin) .Cook in medium flame.
3. DSC_1357    Flip the dosa after 1 1/2  minute. And cook for another minute the other side too. And after done transfer to the serving dish!
4. DSC_1499 Serve with sambhar/chutney...or your choice of accompaniment:)
Taste great even with sugar/curd!!
                       Meanwhile,put on your thinking cap to send in something for my event MEC:PANEER.!! Only 10 days more!!

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  1. The Butter paneer masala really looks exotic and calls for a trial in my kitchen too!

  2. Wow Microwave butter paneer masala looks gorgeous n prefect..happy they turned prefectly to u..will surely try soon..maida dosa with sambar makes me hungry...just drooling again over paneer masala..

  3. Wow look so delicious....and creamy...the maida dosa is perfect..wonderful post

  4. wow..pbm in mw..nice recipe..looks yumm too..

  5. really very much tempting.now only i have slowly started using micro wave. will surely try this

  6. raji how can i contact u.ur mail id i couldnt find

  7. hey sorry i got it. will mailu

  8. Wow yummy recipes... Love the butter panner masala...

  9. Two in one post gr8... creamy BPM and tasty dosas...

  10. Wowo you made thesein the MW.
    I must must start using my MW than just using to heat up things.
    Love that maida dosa too.
    Looks so beautiful.

  11. Both dishes are so beautiful. I used MW to make a paneer dish too, came out very well and with lot less mess as well! :))

  12. The paneer butter masala looks very creamy..all the dishes are so inviting :)

  13. The paneer gravy looks so creamy and lovely... Maida dosa looks pretty.. i have only made wheat dosais before.. must try this sometime.

  14. Gravy looks spicy and creamy! Nice step by step instruction. Never tried making with microwave...
    Dosa looks perfect and tempting.

  15. paneer butter masala looks gorgeous!! loved the 2nd pic of it, with parathas. And maida dosa makes a wondeful breakfast, doesn't it?!?!? the stack of dosas looks sooo good!!!!

  16. The paneer butter masala looks creamy and delicious. That's a nice, tearless way of sauteing onions.

  17. Butter paneer looks so good.. can't believe this is made in microwave !!

  18. Both the dishes look good and the second one is a great snap too!

  19. Paneer masala and dosa look delicious and tempting..I dont think i would dare to cook in microwave..Great attempt by you :)

  20. wowow lovely dishes...nice pics

  21. Wow I don't know which one I like the most, great paneer and dosa looks so delicious too

  22. Oh..How did I miss your blog till now..Absolutely lovely...ordered..n gorgeous pics made me drool..:)loved the easy breezy paneer masala n Dosa..:)
    Do visit my space too sometime..:)

  23. I think this is my forst time here. How did I miss? U have such a lovely place.

    That preofessional looking paneer in the microwave is incredible! I love those maida dosas too. I'll try them out.

    & thats indeed a very creative way to serve your coconut chutney!

  24. I like the step-by-step instructions with images,makes me wanna cook them right now,I just need to shop for some paneer :)

  25. lovely recipe and fabulous pictures..just one question on the paneer recipe though, do u keep the cooking bowl covered during steps 9 to 16?Thanks so much

  26. Butter paneer masala looks yummy...Like the picture of maida dosa...

  27. Paneer looks superb. The gravy looks rich and yummy. Dosas look perfect too..

  28. Thank you so much all for your lovely words! Its so encouraging for me:)
    And I could see so many first time visitors also,thanks for dropping by and do visit again!
    Rashmi-Delhi belle,
    Indeed I did every thing covered, so that there will not be any spills/mess in the oven....

  29. butter paneer masala in mw? i am all for it :) Dosas look so lacy and beautiful. Very nice!

  30. Lovely step-by-step pics. Paneer masala looks very creamy. Dosas are very soft yet crisp.

    Great entry for both the events.

  31. those dosas look so soft and spongy and nicely folded and photographed.

  32. Very nice presentation Raks and also a good job done step by step pictorial presentation.

  33. great recipes! love the maida dosa and the pics:-)

  34. Wow!paneer masala looks gorgeous N the maida dosa is perfect.Nice Pic with Lovely presentation:)

  35. An award for you on my blog :)

  36. Paneer looks so creamy and inviting..Hope you liked the dosas..thanks for participating

  37. Never tried paneer masala in microwave. Love this idea:)

  38. Raji, both dishes looks awesome gal.Your pcitures are simply great , it is great idea to explain like this. I am going to try this wekend.

  39. Hey,Its not whole green moong..
    It is Whole Moth - they are smaller than green moong and light brownish in color.. You can find in any Indian grocery store !!

  40. Thats a perfect detailed descrption....awesome.Am drooling over the paneer:-)

  41. yummy dish & I love the maida dosa .. very new to me

  42. love the way uve given step by step instructions with pics.. :)

  43. Somthing is waiting for you, kindly check it out.

  44. hey loved both recipes will give surely dosa a try this weekend as i have all the ingredients on hand

  45. YUM YUM YUM :)looks so yummy n perfect

  46. Hello Rajeswari,
    I love anything with Panneer, your Panneer Butter Masala looks absolutely yummy and rich with the cashew nuts. I'm not a big fan of microwave cooking, but that looks royal and tempting!
    Thanks for the comment on the biscuits.

  47. hi,
    I am so happy about ur comments on my recipes, you were my first blogger who left a comment, because I came to know about ur blog address, what fabulous photos u have, just today I went through ur blog, love to try ur recipes, all ur dishes look exotic in presentations, must be tounge twikling too!!, I would like to participate in blog events but do not know how to get about, as I am a very new blogger & need to learn lot of things in making my blog as u all have, I would sincerely guide me to improve its look & wish me luck in my blogging, I would like to thank u once again for seeing my blog.

  48. I've never made an entire dish in the microwave...even my stove top version of PBM (if I ever got around to making one) would not look as good as this one made in a MW. Looks beautiful!

    As for the maida dosa, I just have to try it. I'm always looking for instant dosas.:D

  49. Hi today i saw ur blog first time.. i really liked ur detailed explainations and snaps wonderful.. one suggestion on maida dosa...we add sour curd/butter milk to the batter which enhances its colour , for kids we add 1 tsp of sugar.

  50. not heard of maida dosa...wil try it today..luks yummy..

  51. very well presented butter paneer masala

  52. hey this is so simple & look so good. I am going to make this soon for breakfast.

  53. Can i use mushroom instead of panner?

  54. Yes sure you can, comes out good.

  55. hi, where do u buy the paneer cube from? is dere any special name in english ? im from singapore also and ive never noticed it bfore

    1. I buy paneer from Mustafa. You can find it in frozen section. It can be called as Indian cottage cheese.


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