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Paneer Butter Masala

- submitted by Dahlia on 03-10-2009

(Paneer Makhani, Paneer Makhanwala, Indian Cheese Curry, Paneer Kurma)

Paneer Butter Masala

Recipe for Paneer Butter Masala

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Paneer - 1/2 lb (250 gms) Onion - 1 big/2 small (chopped)
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
  • Tomato - 3 small/ 2 big (blanched and pureed)
  • Cashew Paste - 2 tbsp
  • Chilly Powder - 2 tsp (or to taste)
  • Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Kasoori Methi (dry) - 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds (Shahi Jeera) - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter - 2-3 tbsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Orange-red food colour - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Heavy Cream (Fresh Cream) - 1/4 cup
  • Cilantro - for garnish (finely chopped)


  1. Heat little oil in a pan, and saute the onions till it sweats and cooks nicely. You need not brown it.
  2. Let it cool nicely and then puree the mixture.
  3. In a different pan, melt the butter and splutter some cumin seeds.
  4. Add the onion puree to this and fry for few minutes.
  5. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for another minute.
  6. Add the turmeric powder, tomato puree, cashew paste, kasoori methi, chilly powder and coriander powder.
  7. Reduce the flame and let the mixture cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add about a cup of water, food colour and required salt and let the gravy come to a boil.
  9. Add the garam masala powder, paneer cubes and the heavy cream/evaporated milk and let the whole gravy cook for another 5 minutes till all the flavours blend together.
  10. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro or fresh cream.


  • You can fry the paneer cubes before adding to the gravy.
  • To reduce the calories, you could add evaporated milk or fat free half and half or fat free milk instead of heavy cream. In that case do not add water.

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Paneer Butter Masala

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Comments (16)

Person   ()
I tried the paneer recepi at my room. And my roomate also ate it. Its toooo gooooooood........
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Good to hear that...
Person   ()
Nice recipe.......
Person   ()
Thanks :-)
Person   ()
I tried it and it was tasty...... thanks...
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Great!! Thank you...
Person   ()
I try to make this pneer recipe an it,s nice I lov it...thx a lot for sharing the recipe couse it really helpfull.thx.......:-)
Person   ()
Thank you. I am glad you liked it.
Person   ()
I am not Indian, but I do love the Indian cuisine. I am learning to cook Indian food (and all foods, I was never very into cooking) and this one is, by far, my favorite recipe! Thank you so much for posting the recipes in English, so it is accessible to everyone.
Person   ()
That's great to hear. Its always good to learn cooking. You feel satisfied to know what goes into your food. Try out the other recipes one by one. Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.
Person   ()
This is my favourite paneer recipe:) thankyou for sharing it:)
Person   ()
Thats nice to hear.
Person   ()
I made it at home and everybody loved it and said it taste just like we get in restraurants... thankyou so much and please put up some more recipes :) keep up the good work
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Thanks for your encouraging words.
Person   ()
I tried it and was verrrrry tasty.
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Thank you for trying and posting your comments.

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 Published by on 2012-Mar-04 and last updated on 2017-Feb-19.