Paneer Butter Masala

November 23, 2013 Dals/GraviesPaneer Dishes  2 comments

Paneer Butter Masala is one MOST WANTED dish and an all time favorite in my family. U can find it any restaurants menu card. I have tried many versions earlier and this is the best match to the restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala..

Now to the recipe…




  • Paneer – 200 gms ( cubed)
  • Onion – 1 big
  • Tomato puree – from 2 medium tomatoes
  • Garlic pods – 4
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Butter – 3 tbsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Kasoori Methi – a generous pinch
  • Cashews – 5 to 7 nos


  • Heat a pan with butter and saute the paneer cubes for a few minutes. Add a pinch of salt while frying-This way paneer will not be bland. Keep aside. In a mixer grind together onions, garlic & ginger to a paste.

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  • In the same pan add the ground paste and fry till golden brown. Add tomato puree followed by salt, chilli powder, cumin powder, garam masala and mix. Cook in medium flame until oil oozes out.

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  • Add boiled & cooled milk to the onion-tomato gravy and mix and simmer for 3-4 mins. Crush kasoori methi within your palms and add. Meanwhile grind cashews along with milk in a mixer into a paste and keep it ready.

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  • Add the cashew paste to the gravy and stir so that it combines well. The gravy will start thickening.Finally add the paneer cubes, boil for a min and switch off the flame.

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Delicious restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala is ready. Serve with roti, naan or pulav…




  1. Use boiled and cooled milk. If u add raw milk it will curdle and spoil the whole dish.
  2. U can mix water with milk and add instead of using milk fully .
  3. After adding paneer do not cook for more than a minute, else paneer will become gooey.
  4. U can add oil instead of butter, but I feel its ok to add butter once in a while. And this is Paneer BUTTER Masala.. So y skip it. What say?? 🙂

2 comments to Paneer Butter Masala

  • soumali ganguly  says:

    i make my paneer butter masala almost in this way but i add fresh cream in it and dont add kasoori methi….i like this recipe…nxt time i will try wth kS methi

    • Sundari Nathan  says:

      Thank u Soumali!! Eagerly await your feedback once u try my recipe 🙂

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