Paneer Butter Masala Recipe


Paneer Butter Masala RecipePaneer Butter Masala Recipe

Paneer Butter Masala or Paneer Makhani is a very popular Punjabi recipe made from Indian Cottage cheese with gravy that is thickened by using butter, onions, tomatoes and cashew paste.

This recipe goes very well with all types of indian breads like rotis, naan, poori, chapathis, etc

Ingredients for Paneer Butter Masala Recipe:

  • Paneer: 250 gms
  • Onion Paste: 1/2 cup
  • Tomato Puree: 1 cup (Boil 4 tomatoes, peel the skin and then make the puree)
  • Curd: 1/2 cup
  • Butter: 5 tbsp
  • Ghee: 2 tbsp
  • Ginger Garlic Paste: 1 tbsp
  • Kasoori Methi: 2 tbsp
  • Cashewnut paste: 4 tbsp
  • Dhania (Coriander) Powder: 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala: 1tbsp
  • Cumin Powder: 1/2 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Chili Powder: 1-2 tbsp
  • Food Color: 1 pinch
  • Green Chili: 4 nos
  • Sugar: 1/2 tbsp
  • Cream/Malai: 2 tbsp (Optional)
  • Salt to taste

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Serving: 4-6 people

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

Cooking Method for Paneer Butter Masala Recipe:

  1. Cut the Paneer into medium sized cubes. Take a pan on medium heat. Add 2 tbsp butter and fry the paneer cubes for around 4 minutes.
  2. Now take out the paneer and soak it in a container with 3 tbsp of curd. This is to make the paneer soft. Keep the paneer aside for 15 minutes.
  3. In the same pan in which the paneer was fried, add the onion paste and saute for 5 minutes.
  4. Add green chili, ginger garlic paste and stir for another 3 minutes.
  5. Add dhania powder, turmeric, garam masala, cumin powder and chili powder. Mix well.
  6. Add the tomato puree. Cook for an additional 6 minutes. Occasionally stir the mixture and if the gravy in the pan becomes too thick add some water in between.
  7. Add the remaining curd and keep stirring the mixture for a couple of minutes.
  8. Then add the remaining butter, kasoori methi, ghee, cashew nut paste, sugar, salt to taste and food color.
  9. Now add the fried and soaked paneer cubes into the pan and mix the contents. Simmer it for 3-4 minutes.
  10. Finally add the cream to the gravy. Remove the pan from the heat and keep it aside for around 15 minutes before serving.

You can serve the Paneer Butter Masala with naan, rotis, chapathis or poori. Try this recipe and let me know how it comes out.

Also don’t miss the other Paneer Recipes: Shahi Paneer Recipe, Palak Paneer Recipe and Mutter Paneer Recipe.


  • pooja said:  

    Your paneer butter masala looks yummy in the photo.i believe it taste yummy. i am surly going to try.

  • usha said:  

    Thankx for your recipe. bharathi your butter masala is the best.. It was so tasty i ever tasted like yours before every now and then i prepare in home,then please post some rice recipe.

  • umayal said:  

    ur paneer butter masala receipe came out well, thinking to try some of ur other receipes also.THANKS

  • Anonymous said:  

    This is so close to the restaurant paneer butter masal,it simply tastes awesome,i tried your recipe,and it is simply too good bharathi.Thanks for this recipe!!


  • Geetika Bist said:  

    Tried this recipe for lunch...came out restaurant style......WOW!!!!!!

  • anitha said:  

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  • sameer said:  

    Wow Well explained all the ingredients. I am not a profesional cook but i think i can do when i saw Indian food recipes from Bharathi's kitchen. Thank you very much... humh..........

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    it was way too good.....:)

  • Anonymous said:  

    I tried this recipe for lunch. it is too good. thanks for this recipe...

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