For the final day of this week’s ‘No Tomato Gravies‘ theme I have an interesting curry made with green pepper and cilantro. Regular butter masala is made with butter, tomatoes puree and cream. This ‘green’ version is made with butter, green pepper, cilantro and cream.
This recipe is from a Telugu cooking show and it looked too good to pass on. It is very easy to make once you have hara/ green masala prepped. Switch paneer with other protein like tofu, chickpeas or beans and skip the cream and use vegan butter for a vegan version of the curry.
Make it for your next party and surprise your guests with this yummy alternate to the paneer butter masala. Serve with roti, naan or rice for a light and delicious meal any time of the day.
Recipe to make Hara Butter masala or Spicy Green Curry with Paneer. This is a yummy alternate to the typical Indian restaurant menu item, Paneer Butter masala which is made with tomatoes and is red in color. This version is made with green peppers, cilantro and cashews. Great to serve with rice and rotis.
Make the Masala: Heat 1tsp oil, add cashews, green chilies, onion, green pepper and saute till the cashews are golden and the peppers are tender. Cool the mixture slightly and grind to a paste along with cilantro.
To make the Curry: Melt butter in a pan, add chopped garlic, kasoori methi and the ground paste. Cook till the oil starts to leave the sides.
Add the chopped paneer and simmer on low heat for 3~4 minutes.
Season with salt and stir in the cream. Cook till heated through. Serve hot with naan or roti.