With just 8 ingredients, this shortcut keto paneer masala tastes similar to what you'd get served at your favorite Indian restaurant. It's spicy, rich and creamy with tender paneer cubes. And it only takes 15 minutes to make!
If you love paneer masala, then you’ll love this shortcut keto paneer masala recipe adapted from Sonal Gupta at Simply Vegetarian 777. It’s rich, creamy, and a little spicy — similar to our keto chicken tikka masala recipe.
There are only 8 ingredients in this shortcut recipe — many of which you may already have in your pantry or can easily purchase at your local grocer. If you can't buy paneer locally, you can replace it with tofu or roasted cauliflower.
This low-carb and keto paneer masala is perfect for busy weeknights since it only takes 15 minutes to make. We typically serve with cauliflower rice or low-carb pitas. Each serving if just 6 net carbs.
What is Paneer Masala?
Paneer Masala is an Indian curry with paneer and a gravy/sauce consisting of tomatoes, onion, ginger, and a number of spices. Paneer Masala is similar to paneer butter masala and paneer makhani since they're all tomato-based gravies that include paneer; however, the ingredients in each slightly differ. In addition, paneer butter masala and paneer makhani typically include cashews.
Although some of the ingredients differ from a more traditional paneer masala, this recipe tastes just as delicious. Believe it or not, Rao's Arrabbiata Sauce is the key ingredient that makes this shortcut recipe a real winner. It also includes paneer, heavy cream, garam masala, ground ginger, coriander, chicken broth, and salt. To make this recipe low carb and keto, we had to carefully balance the amount of sauce, heavy cream and spices (don’t forget spices have carbs too!).
How to Make
There are just two key steps in making this keto paneer masala:
- Prepare the store-bought paneer: In a medium-size pot, bring water to a boil. Cut the paneer into ½-inch cubes. After the water comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat. Then, season the water with salt and immerse the paneer in the water. Let the paneer soak for 10 minutes. Drain the paneer before mixing in the masala sauce.
- Make masala sauce: In a medium-size saucepan, heat the Rao's Arrabbiata Sauce, chicken broth, garam masala, ginger, coriander and heavy cream on medium heat. Stir to combine and cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in the paneer and cook for a minute or two more. That's it! Simply plate and serve!
Other Low-Carb & Keto Indian Food Recipes
Here are other low-carb and keto Indian Food recipes you may enjoy:
- Easy Chicken Tikka Masala (35 Minutes!): This shortcut keto chicken tikka masala recipe may not be entirely authentic, but it tastes pretty darn similar to the real thing (and we’re pretty picky when it comes to chicken tikka masala). It’s a perfect weeknight recipe when you’re craving a comforting and flavorful curry.
- Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks: If you’re looking for an amazing chicken recipe that packs a TON of flavor, this is it. But, it’s more than deliciously spicy — the skin on these low-carb and keto tandoori chicken drumsticks turns perfectly crisp (our favorite part!) and the chicken is beautifully tender and juicy.
- Shortcut Keto Palak Paneer: This shortcut keto palak paneer recipe is quick and easy to make and simply delicious. It's a great low-carb and keto vegetarian dish that can be served with riced cauliflower or low-carb pitas. It takes 25 minutes or less to make and is 5 net carbs.
- ½ cup Rao's Arrabbiata Sauce — if you use regular marinara sauce, you may want to add red chili powder for some heat
- ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ teaspoon garam masala
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- 5 ounces paneer
- Salt to season
- Prepare the store-bought paneer: Boil water in a medium-size pot. Cut paneer into ½-inch cubes. After water comes to a boil, remove pot from heat. Season water with salt and immerse paneer in water. Let paneer soak for 10 minutes. Drain paneer before mixing in masala sauce.
- Make masala sauce and finish: In a medium-size saucepan, heat sauce, chicken broth, garam masala, ginger, coriander and heavy cream on medium heat. Stir to combine and cook until thoroughly heated. Stir in paneer and cook for a minute or two more.
- Be sure to buy high-quality paneer or else paneer may turn hard and rubbery.
- If you are making your own paneer, you do not need soften paneer in hot water.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 360.1Total Fat 30.6gSaturated Fat 17.5gCholesterol 54.5mgSodium 272.5mgCarbohydrates 7.4gNet Carbohydrates 6.5gFiber 0.9gSugar 2.2gProtein 16.9g