MTR Kadhai Paneer Mixed Masala Review – Taste + Convenience (2022)
MTR Kadhai Paneer Mixed Masala is out go-to option to satisfy those restaurant-style side dish cravings.
If there’s one thing packaged mixes guarantee, it is convenience. But what if the flavors are out of balance?
MTR launched a line of Paneer Masalas with three variants- Kadhai Paneer, Mutter Paneer, and Palak Paneer. We ordered a 12-gram pack for our MTR Kadhai Paneer Mixed Masala review and here’s how it went.
Does Mishry recommend this masala mix?
Our Review Factors
Here’s what we looked for when reviewing MTR Kadhai Paneer Mixed masala. Is this all convenience no taste? How is it made, and does it use similar ingredients that are typically used in kadhai masala? What about the consistency? We also gauged how economical this is.
Spices like coriander powder, cumin and chilli are the flavors that define kadhai paneer. That, along with chunks of paneer, capsicum and onions.
Did the prepared dish taste natural? Was the aroma fresh? Were the spices in sync or did one overpower the others? Was the typical Kadhai paneer-like flavor present?
2. Overall Convenience
In addition to this masala, what ingredients does this call for from the pantry? Is the list long?
Is the 15-minute promise delivered?
3. Main Ingredients
Freshly ground spices and pureed vegetables are used in home kitchens for preparing gravies. What does MTR use?
We also recorded our observations on the price, packaging, shelf life, and other non-tasting parameters.
MTR Kadhai Paneer Mixed Masala – Detailed Review
Price & Packaging
A 12-gram pack is priced at Rs 10/-. This holds four servings and is non-resealable. It has a shelf life of nine months.
Cooking instructions and key tips are mentioned on the pack.
Mixed spices (coriander 20%, red chilli 13%, cumin 9%, kasuri methi powder, black pepper 3%, cassia, fennel, turmeric powder, bay leaves, clove, black cardamom, star anise, green cardamom), salt (305), flavor enhancer (INS 635).
Allergen advice mentions this may contain traces of peanut.
Three main spices that are always a part of kadhai paneer/chicken are coriander, red chilli and cumin. All three of them have made their way into this spice mix and are the ingredients used in the highest amount.
How we made it
We sautéed a chopped onion and some green chillies in oil. To this, we added Suhana Ginger Garlic paste. This was followed by pureed tomatoes. We cooked this mix until the oil starting separating.
Then a small chopped capsicum and the MTR masala was added. Post this, we added 150 ml water, mixed the contents and added 200 grams of diced paneer. We let this cook until the gravy thickened and it was ready to serve.
This had an inviting nutty-woody aroma from red chillies. There was some pungency too and the combination of cumin and coriander lent some earthy tones.
Flavor & Consistency
The prepared gravy was semi-thick, it coated the paneer cubes and capsicum well.
Did you know? Kadhai paneer gravy is characterised by a bold spiciness and has dominant flavors and aromas of freshly ground coriander, jeera, pepper, and red chillies.
Taste-wise, this masala was quite good. The spices had cooked well as their flavors were bold. Coriander and cumin had the most dominant presence followed by red chillies. We did not need to adjust the flavor by adding salt/chilli as this was just right. This masala also has a very mild sweet warmth of cinnamon. Although kasuri methi is mentioned on the pack, we could not taste it.
Since Kadhai masala is typically prepared with khada (whole) masala, the brand recommends adding coriander and cumin.
- This is a super convenient mix, no need for adjustments.
- It results in a quick-cooking side dish.
- The aroma and flavors were fresh.
- It prepared four servings which seems economical.
Beginner in the kitchen? Lack the patience to measure and season the gravy? Let MTR Kadhai Paneer Mixed Masala be the savior.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, the spice level is balanced.
No, the masala does not contain onion or garlic, but you would need to add onions during cooking.
No, this has to be cooked and veggies and paneer are to be added.
The pack we ordered for our review was manufactured on the 15th of March 2022.
No, this does not contain preservatives but it does use anticaking agent and flavor enhancer.