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Oct 10, 2016

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe | Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe
Paneer Butter Masala | Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala Recipe with step by step photos. Paneer butter Masala is a popular restaurant menu which is loved by kids and paneer lovers. My kids are not exceptional and whenever we visit any Indian restaurant, their constant order will be Butter Naan & Paneer butter Masala or Butter Chicken if it is Sunday. Paneer Butter Masala is a rich buttery  tomato based mildly spiced gravy with paneer. There are so many recipes for PB Masala I am sharing the easiest one that tastes even more yummy and flavorful than the restaurant one without any artificial color and freshly prepared ingredients.
Because of my health issue, I am not including tomatoes in regular cooking or add 1/2 or few pieces for some most needed recipes. No tomato based curries or rice for the past 5 months. This Weekend, kids asked for Naan & Paneer gravy for lunch. I also wanted to cook something for blog and first decided to make my neighbor aunt's Shahi Paneer. When I started the recipe preparation I had few doubts in the recipe but as its a weekend didn't want to disturb her.
Paneer Butter Masala
So decided to cook my kids' recent favorite paneer curry, Nawabi Paneer or other Paneer curry recipe and checked my blog for Nawabi Paneer recipe and then noticed that I haven't posted Paneer Butter Masala here. I don't know how I missed to share this recipe here, I have made this so many times, for kids' birthday parties, get togethers and so many occasions. I thought, I have shared this recipe during my initial days of blogging and never thought to take even pictures to update my old post. Then decided to make my version of Paneer Butter Masala and it was Paneer Butter Masala and Naan for weekend lunch, kids happily had their favorite meal for lunch.  This recipe gives you a silky smooth creamy Paneer Butter Masala even without cream. Now off to the recipe..
Paneer Butter Masala
Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala
Prep Time : 20 Minutes | Cook time : 20-25 Minutes
Recipe Category : Sides/Curry | Recipe Cuisine : Indian
Serves  5

  1. Paneer   8 oz(cut into cubes)
  2. Onion  1 medium(roughly chopped)
  3. Tomato, ripe   3 big(roughly chopped)
  4. Ginger Garlic Paste  1 and 1/2 tsp
  5. Cashew Nut   8 no.(soaked in 1/4 cup hot water)
  6. Kashmiri Chilli Powder   1 tsp
  7. Cumin Powder   1/2 tsp
  8. Garam Masala powder   3/4 tsp
  9. Kasoori Methi/dried methi leaves    2 tsp
  10. Milk or Cream   2 tbsp
  11. Butter   1 tsp
  12. Cilantro   2 tbsp (finely chopped)
  13. Oil  2 tsp
To Temper
  1. Oil   1/2 Tbsp
  2. Butter   1 Tbsp
  3. Bay leaf   2 no,
  4. Star anise   1 no.
First soak cashew nuts in hot water for minimum 10 minutes and then grind to a fine smooth paste.
Soak the paneer cubes in warm water until use.
Then heat 1/2 tsp oil in a pan, when it is hot add roughly chopped onion and saute for 2 minutes.
After that roughly chopped tomato and saute until it is soft and not mushy.
And then allow the onion-tomato to cool for a while and then blend it to a smooth puree, if desired filter the puree using a mesh strainer and keep ready.
Now, heat butter and oil in a pan, when it is hot add bay leaf and star anise and fry well.
Then add ginger garlic paste and saute in medium heat until raw smell leaves.
After that add the onion-tomato puree, pinch of salt and sugar cook in medium heat until oil shows on top.
Then add red chilli powder, cumin powder and cook for 2 minutes.
And add ground cashew paste stir well and add enough water(1 cup), enough salt and allow the gravy to boil.
When it starts boiling add the paneer cubes and cook for another 2 minutes.
Now add kasoori methi, 1 tsp butter, garam masala and mix everything well and again simmer for 2 minutes.
Lastly add milk or cream and stir gently and simmer for few seconds and switch off the stove.
Garnish with cilantro and cream(if desired) that's it..Paneer Butter Masala ready. Serve with Naan/Phulka/Plain paratha or Jeera Rice.
I read this tip on a magazine that Sauteing tomatoes before grinding gives nice color to the puree/gravy.
I used medium ripe tomatoes and kashmiri chilli powder and that itself gives nice orange color to the gravy and didn't use artificial color.
If you use ripe plum or roma tomatoes, then you will get eve more deep orange-reddish color.
Filtering onion-tomato puree is optional but it helps to get rid of seed and skin and also gives you nice smooth gravy.
I used milk, you can also use cream in the end and also for garnishing.
Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe


  1. Paneer Butter Masala looks super delicious, Sangee! It is my favourite. We had naan and paneer butter masala during our weekend too. Same pinch! ;)

  2. Your paneer butter masala looks really good! No wonder the kids love it... :)


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