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Paneer Butter Masala / Restaurant Style Recipe :

24 Feb 2012

Paneer Butter Masala: 

Paneer Butter Masala is a yummy & irresistable dish for all those who love paneer...!!!

This popular Punjabi recipe made from  Indian Cottage cheese / Paneer  with smooth gravy, has all the goodness of delicious spices. This creamy and light buttery flavored dish is a easy and quick recipe,  without compromising on the taste. 

In this recipe, soft paneer chunks are dunked in a rich gravy, due to butter and is thickened by using onions, tomatoes and cashew paste rather than just cream. Its apt like the restaurant gravies. We love this with a combo of chapathi & roti and I have enjoyed cooking this several times..!

Enjoy the restaurant style taste at your home now with this yummy recipe..:)


  • Paneer  cubed               -  250 g
  • Ghee                            - 1 tbsp
  • Onion                           - 2
  • Tomato                         - 3
  • Butter                           - 3 tbsp
  • Bay leaf                        - 1
  • Cloves                          - 3 to 4
  • Ginger garlic paste        - 1 tbsp
  • Red chilly pwd              -  1 ½  tsp
  • Cashewnuts paste         - 3 tbsp
  • Kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves – ½ tsp
  • Food color ( optional )   - a pinch
  • Coriander pwd               - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric pwd                - ¼ tsp
  • Garam masala pwd        - 1 tsp
  • Fresh cream                  - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves


  1. Heat a tbsp of ghee in a skillet.
  2. Saute the paneer cubes in it till golden.

  1. Drain and reserve.
  2. Now add finely chopped onion and saute till it is glassy.
  3. Add chopped tomato and fry till soft.
  4. Allow to cool and grind them to smooth paste.
  5. Add 2 tbsp of butter to the fry pan and heat it.
  6. Add the bay leaf and the cloves.
  7. Add onion tomato paste and saute till light brown.
  8. Add ginger garlic paste.
  9. Saute for 2 to 3 mins.
  10. Add red chilly pwd followed by the cashew paste.
  11. Fry for 5 minutes in low medium flame.
  12. Add crushed kasuri methi, coriander pwd, food color, turmeric pwd, garam masala and salt.
  13. Stir and let it simmer for sometime.
  14. Add the paneer cubes and simmer for 4 to 5 mins.
  15. Add a small cup of water and let it cook on low heat till you get the desired creamy consistency.
  16. Remove from flame, stir in remaining butter and fresh cream.
  17. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

  1. Serve hot with any bread of your choice, pulav or  Jeera rice.

  1. Delicious Paneer Butter Masala is ready to relish.


Similar Recipes

·       Paneer Bhurji
·       Paneer Pakora
·       Paneer Pav Bhaji
·       Chilly Paneer dry  &  Paneer Jamoon

75 Yummy Comments:

Vidhya said...

wow... love this dish jay... lovely clicks... just am drooling over it!!

maha said...

yumm yumm.....butter masala looks awesome....

Hema said...

Love the rich color, awesome..

anne said...

I am DROOLING !!! ;D I love cheese and that paneer looks yummy though I haven't tasted it yet :P ;D This rich and hearty dish looks fantastic !

Shri said...

Easy to follow and very tempting Jay!

Lannie said...

great post! love your organization of photos and directions.

anything with paneer in it is great in my book!

Sumee said...

That looks awesome!!!!!

Asiya Baig said...

Great pics! This is mouthwatering!

Love it totally looks awesome.

Lyndsey said...

Mmmmm...this looks so delicious!

Ramya said...

i love this with naan,,,urs look truly restaurant style

Seth Kendall said...

I just finished a whole plate of curry, and looking at this makes me want to dive right in for more. Thanks for the follow. We are new followers of yours!

Looks great.

Farah said...

Definitely restaurant style!! Looks super yummy!!

Ola said...

it looks very good!

faseela said...

no words jay.............really awesome and the clicks r so tempting...

Paaka Shaale said...

An awesome dish Jay and very well presented as well :)

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Looks delicious and nice clicks.

Rashida shaikh said...

Worth trying recipe

simran said...

beautiful!...lovely rich colour...delicious.

sojo said...

o my.... iam on my way out to buy paneer... looks tooo good... paneer butter masala is our favourite too, I make it a lil bit different.... hey I loved the pic with chapati, onion, paneer and green chilly..makin me drool

Prathibha said...

I just love this very much..looks very yummmmyyy

Shilpakiran said...

mouth watering .. truely looks so good

Jay said...

thanks for your precious time & lovely feedback..
have a great weekend..:)

yummy....its simply mouthwatering. such a delicious recipe ...beautiful click too!!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

sooooooo tempting...nice click

That looks amazing! Craving that right now!

cathy@home said...

Never tried Panner have to look that up.

kitchen queen said...

delicious and mouth watering gravy.


Yummy & Spicy, paneer recipes are among my favorites :)
Thanks for sharing dear!

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Sravs said...

Nice and inviting paneer butter masala !!

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Mélange said...

Can't as for more from delicious Paneer..Thick and creamy.

Biny Anoop said...

Jay thats amazing...gravy is thick and appetizing....u shd try the stew its easy and amazing

themustardseed said...

My favorite!! Love the look of it and the lovely color!

Yum yum yum, paneer is my absolute favourite and this looks so delicious mmm!

It looks wonderful, I see this type of cheese do not melt :) Have a nice weekend!

Purabi Naha said...

This looks awesome!! Loved the droolworthy pictures. Bookmarked!

Miriam said...

Oh, yummy!!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Archana said...

Awesome Just what my fussy eaters will love.

manjooo said...

looks too good jay...

San said...

Wow exquisite paneer butter masala jay. Looks real rich and absolutely classic.

Sonali Pradhan said...

the paneer butter masala looks super delicious dear...yummy !


kak ina kl said...

one day i want to try..look yummy

Sriya said...

Thanks for visiting my blog very yummy ...love to have it....rich and creamy... glad to follow you

the food dude said...

Yum, I'd like some rice with that please!

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kala said...

This looks absolutely like a rest bought :) Lovinggggg it!!!!!

Fabulous Clicks Jay!. Paneer Makhani luks awesomely inviting!. So deliciously presented!

Luks so delish and presented appetizingly well.Luv this flavorful Paneer Makhani

hi jay, all your pics looks great dear.. they really make your foodies look very delicious and i believe they are.. interesting to note you put cashew nuts paste..gives me an idea too. have a nice day

Rosh said...

Looks delicious!!

a. maren said...

oo this looks so good! i wish i knew where to buy paneer near me :( i will just have to dream about making it!

angsarap.net said...

Thats a stunning photo! makes it look even more delicious

elly said...

Ho tradotto la tua ricetta e letta con interesse!! Il paneer non lo conoscevo ma ho letto il sistema per farlo in casa. Ricetta deliziosa per me che amo le spezie e gli aromi!!! Grazie del tuo passaggio da me. Non perdiamoci di vista!!

Preeti Garg said...

my fav.....yummy...Awesome....

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Rekha shoban said...

looks perfect and creamy masala...first pic looks superb!

Vivarjitha said...

one of the most luved dishes...!!!nice post...and pics...yummm!!!

cheers vivs:-)

Nupur said...

ohh ! Can I come over for dinner tonight , How amazing this will taste with Naan ..

Nava.K said...

I can definitely see from the pics that this is for sure yummy and oozing with so much of taste.

Mané said...

One day I'll try (nice colour)

Mané said...

One day I'll try (nice colour)

easyfoodsmith said...

Well done Jay! The dish definitely looks restaurant style. Delicious post

Absolutely love paneer - looks like the perfect recipe for it!

Thanks for sharing authentic Paneer recipe. Fabulous clicks.

looks delecious

Looks divine and the color...wow!

Such a rich and tasty dish, thanks for the recipe!

Gayathri Anand said...

Wow perfectly made ...my son's fav. one ..Looks yummy

Hello Jay,

I am a student in the UK and your blog has been a life saver of all the lovely Indian recipes you got in one place. I told my friends and we all follow it. :) Thanks so much. Just one thing, I can't find paneer anywhere in London, any idea where I can find it, I live in the central London. Can't go far.
Will really appreciate it.

Thanks so much.

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Hi - thanks for the great post.

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Pavithra said...

This was lovely - tried it once with Paneer and once again last night with just corn and capsicum - it will always be one of my favorites! Thanks.

Smitha Nayak said...

Really this a wonderful post no doubts about this

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