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Paneer Butter Masala is one among India’s hottest paneer gravy recipe. This recipe with Indian cottage cheese cubes in a creamy tomato sauce is one which I’ve been making for a very long time. With my video and step-by-step information you’ll be able to simply make this restaurant type paneer butter masala at house!

paneer butter masala served in a blue rimmed white pan, garnished with cream and cilantro

About this recipe

This Paneer Butter Masala recipe is a wealthy and creamy dish of paneer (cottage cheese) in a tomato, butter and cashew sauce (generally known as Makhani gravy).

The dish has a stunning tang coming from the tomatoes and is barely candy with a creamy and velvety really feel to it. 

With my simple, fast and scrumptious recipe you’ll be able to put together this restaurant type paneer butter masala recipe inside minutes.

Known as by varied names akin to butter paneer or butter paneer masala or paneer makhani this dish is of the most well-liked Indian paneer dish. Clearly being so common it’s served in lots of Indian eating places.

A long time again (in another lifetime!) I’d make butter rooster and this paneer butter masala is customized from that recipe. For the primary time, I had realized find out how to make butter rooster throughout my cooking college days.

Later I tailored the identical recipe for making paneer butter masala. Loads of improvisations have occurred all through the years.

This Paneer Butter Masala recipe is likely one of the hottest paneer recipes on the weblog and have been made and cherished by lots of of readers.

You’ll be able to learn the feedback on the finish of the submit, which has quite a lot of optimistic suggestions and evaluations from our readers and followers.

Substances you want

  • Ripe pink juicy tomatoes: Tomatoes are a key ingredient right here which type the bottom of the makhani sauce or gravy. Makhani sauce is ready from scratch with recent substances like tomatoes (particularly pureed tomatoes), cashews and butter. Onions will be added in order for you. Although historically onions are by no means added in a makhani gravy. So do use tomatoes which might be ripe and have a slight sweetness in them. Keep away from including tomatoes which might be bitter or too tart or unripe.
  • Cashews: Yet one more essential ingredient is cashews which imparts a stunning creaminess and sheen within the dish. The sweetness of the cashews additionally balances the tanginess of the tomatoes. Typically in butter rooster or butter paneer, cream is added. To offer a creamy consistency and a candy tinge, I add each cashew paste and cream.
  • Cream: As talked about above, other than cashews I additionally add a little bit of cream which thickens the gravy barely and makes it wealthy. Although including cream will be skipped for a much less wealthy model.
  • Butter: The quantity of butter that’s added isn’t big however good on this paneer butter masala recipe. Butter makes the curry a bit wealthy and buttery. Although you’ll be able to go overboard by including some extra butter.
  • Paneer: A top quality of paneer could make or break your dish. What you need are succulent gentle paneer cubes gently coated with a clean, buttery tomato sauce. So be sure that to make use of both home made paneer or good high quality retailer introduced paneer. Comply with the directions on the bundle earlier than utilizing paneer.
  • Spices & herbs: The checklist of spices isn’t a lot. For that good orange colour, it’s worthwhile to add kashmiri pink chilli powder. You’ll be able to sub it with cayenne pepper or paprika. Additionally, you will want garam masala powder. Kasuri methi that are dried fenugreek leaves additionally add a great taste. Simply skip them if you happen to wouldn’t have. For garnish cilantro (coriander leaves) are added.

Swaps for a vegan model

If you’re a vegan don’t fear! You’ll be able to simply substitute the dairy substances with vegan alternate options and nonetheless get a scrumptious dish. 

  • Tofu: To make a vegan recipe, exchange tofu, seitan, tempeh with paneer.
  • Vegan butter or oil: Add a neutral-tasting oil or vegan butter and skip cream altogether.
  • Coconut cream: You’ll be able to even use coconut cream, however with coconut cream, the flavors of coconut will probably be felt within the closing dish.
paneer butter masala served in a blue rimmed white pan, garnished with cream and cilantro with a side of sliced cucumber

Step-by-Step Information

How you can make Paneer Butter Masala

You’ll have to do some prep work earlier than you start making this scrumptious recipe. It begins with soaking your cashews, making tomato puree and mixing soaked cashews.


1. Soak 18 to 20 cashews in ⅓ cup scorching water for 20 to 30 minutes.

cashews getting soaked in hot water to make paneer butter masala gravy

2. When the cashews are soaking, you’ll be able to prep the opposite substances like chopping tomatoes, chopping and getting ready the ginger-garlic paste, slicing paneer and so on.

tomatoes, green chillies, ginger, garlic chopped on a white board

three. Crush 1-inch ginger + three to four medium-sized garlic to a paste in a mortar pestle to a semi-fine or wonderful paste. Maintain apart. Don’t add any water whereas crushing ginger & garlic.

ginger and garlic crushed in a mortra-pestle

four. After 20 to 30 minutes, drain the water and add the soaked cashews in a blender or mixer-grinder. Additionally, add 2 to three tablespoons recent water or as required.

soaked cashews and water added in a blender jar

5. Mix to a clean paste with none tiny bits or chunks of cashews. Take away the cashew paste in a bowl and put aside.

cashews ground to a smooth paste for making paneer butter masala recipe

6. In the identical blender add 2 cups of diced or roughly chopped tomatoes. No must blanch the tomatoes earlier than mixing.

chopped tomatoes added in the same blender jar

7. Mix to a clean tomato puree. Put aside. Don’t add any water whereas mixing the tomatoes.

tomatoes blended to a smooth puree to make paneer butter masala gravy

Making tomato gravy

eight. Warmth a thick bottomed pan or a heavy pan. Maintain the flame to a low or medium-low. Add 2 tablespoons butter OR 1 tablespoon oil + 1 or 2 tbsp butter in a pan.

Including oil prevents the butter from browning too shortly. You’ll be able to even add three to four tablespoons butter for a wealthy buttery model. Each salted or unsalted butter will be added.

butter getting melted

9. Maintain the flame to a low. Add 1 medium-sized tej patta (Indian bay leaf). Fry for two to three seconds or until the oil turns into aromatic from the aroma of the tej patta.

tej patta getting fried in butter

10. Add the ready crushed ginger-garlic or 1 teaspoon prepared ginger-garlic paste.

crushed ginger-garlic paste added

11. Fry for some seconds until the uncooked aroma of the ginger-garlic disappears.

frying ginger-garlic paste

12. Pour the ready tomato puree. Watch out whereas including the puree as it could splutter.

tomato puree added to make paneer butter masala gravy

13. Combine it very effectively with the butter.

tomato puree mixed

14. Start to prepare dinner the tomato puree on a low to medium-low flame. Stir at intervals.

tomato puree being cooked for making paneer butter masala gravy from scratch

15. The tomato puree combination will begin simmering.

tomato puree getting simmered in the pan

16. In case the tomato puree splutters an excessive amount of whereas cooking then cowl the pan partly with a lid or cowl absolutely with a splatter lid (channi lid). the tomato puree may splutter if there’s extra water content material within the tomatoes.

splatter lid kept on the pan

17. Do stir at intervals.

stirring tomato puree

18. Simmer the puree for five to six minutes.

simmering tomato puree

19. Then add 1 teaspoon Kashmiri pink chilli powder or deghi mirch. You’ll be able to even add ½ teaspoon Kashmiri pink chilli powder or ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper or paprika or some other number of pink chilli powder.

kashmiri red chilli powder being added

20. Combine effectively and proceed to stir and sauté the tomato puree.

kashmiri red chilli powder mixed with the puree

21. Sauté until the butter begins leaving the perimeters of the pan and all the tomato puree combination comes collectively as a complete.

This whole cooking and sautéing of the tomato puree take about 14 to 17 minutes on a low flame to medium-low flame.

Time will differ relying on the thickness of the pan, dimension, the depth of flame and so on.

tomato puree thickened and cooked very well for paneer butter masala recipe

Including cashew paste

22. Now add the ready cashew paste.

cashew paste added

23. Combine the cashew paste very effectively with the cooked tomato puree and proceed to stir and sauté on a low to medium-low flame. Stir continuous after including cashew paste.

cashew paste mixed with the tomato puree

24. Sauté until the cashew paste is cooked and once more the oil will begin to depart the perimeters of the masala. The cashew will start to prepare dinner quick. Approx three to four minutes on a low flame. So carry on stirring continuous.

sautéing the entire mixture

25. Subsequent add 1.5 cups water.

water added

Making paneer butter masala

26. Combine the water very effectively with the tomato-cashew makhani masala. If there are lumps of the tomato-cashew masala, then break with a spoon. You’ll be able to even use a wired whisk for mixing.

water mixed evenly to make paneer butter masala gravy

27. Let the curry simmer and are available to a boil. Stir sometimes.

paneer butter masala gravy simmering

28. After 2 to three minutes, add ginger julienne (about 1-inch ginger – lower in julienne (skinny matchstick-like strips). Reserve a couple of for garnishing. The curry may even start to thicken.

ginger julienne added

29. After three to four minutes, add 1 or 2 slit inexperienced chillies.

slit green chillies added to gravy

30. Additionally add salt as per style and ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar (elective). You’ll be able to add sugar from ¼ tsp to 1 teaspoon or extra relying on the sourness of the tomatoes.

Sugar is elective and you may skip it too. In the event you add cream, then you will have so as to add much less sugar.

sugar and salt added

31. Combine very effectively and simmer for a minute.

gravy mixed very well

32. After the gravy thickens to your required consistency, then add the paneer cubes (200 or 250 grams).

Remember the consistency you need earlier than you add paneer as you’ll be cooking the paneer for a couple of seconds.

It’s also possible to fry the paneer after which add the paneer as soon as the gravy has turn into creamy. I hold the gravy to a medium consistency gravy.

paneer cubes added

33. Stir and blend the paneer cubes gently within the gravy. You’ll be able to change off the warmth at this level.

In the event you discover that the paneer cubes are nonetheless uncooked to style, then change off warmth after including cream.

paneer cubes mixed in the gravy

34. Now shortly add 1 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi leaves (dry fenugreek leaves) and 1 teaspoon garam masala to the gravy.

Addition of crushed kasuri methi provides a restaurant taste. Kasuri methi is elective and will be skipped.

garam masala powder and crushed kasuri methi leaves added

35. Subsequent add 2 to three tablespoons of low-fat cream or 1 to 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream.

cream added

36. Stir gently however effectively and change off the warmth.

cream mixed evenly and paneer butter masala ready to be served

37. Serve Paneer Butter Masala scorching garnished with 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) and the remaining ginger julienne. It’s also possible to drizzle some cream or dot with butter whereas serving.

What to eat with Paneer Butter Masala

  1. Eat with the staple Indian bread roti: Paneer butter masala gravy has a barely candy style and really mildly spiced. Thus making it a superb gravy to go together with roti or chapati.
  2. With different Indian breads: One other nice mixture for this dish is naan bread or tandoori roti or paratha or roomali roti or Malabar paratha.
  3. With rice: It additionally goes effectively with steamed basmati rice or jeera rice (cumin rice).
paneer butter masala served in a blue rimmed white pan, garnished with cream and cilantro with a side of sliced cucumber and roti


Skilled Ideas

  • Tomatoes: Since tomatoes are the important thing ingredient, be sure that to make use of ripe, pink and agency tomatoes with a barely candy style. The tomatoes shouldn’t be very bitter or tangy.
  • Paneer (cottage cheese): At all times use home made paneer if attainable or a great high quality retailer introduced recent paneer. It’s best to make paneer at house and doesn’t take a lot time.
  • Tomato puree: Do make a very clean puree from the tomatoes. If you would like you’ll be able to pressure the tomato puree additionally.
  • Cooking tomato puree: The tomato puree needs to be sautéed and cooked very well. Oil or butter ought to depart sides of the sautéed tomato puree. If the tomato puree isn’t sautéed effectively, the uncooked taste of tomatoes will probably be felt within the dish.
  • Butter: Use good high quality butter. You should use each unsalted or salted butter. Each yellow butter or white butter will be added.
  • Cashew paste: To mix cashews to a wonderful consistency, it’s higher to soak them in scorching water for 30 minutes.
  • Substitute for cashews: In the event you don’t have cashews then the perfect different is almonds. Soak the almonds in scorching water for 30 minutes. Then peel them and mix to a wonderful consistency with little water.
  • Style and taste: If the gravy tastes tangy or bitter, then to stability the bitter style you’ll be able to add a little bit of sugar or cream. However don’t add an excessive amount of sugar as then the gravy turns into too candy. Additionally, do notice if you happen to add cream you then might need so as to add much less sugar within the gravy.
  • Frying paneer: You’ll be able to fry the paneer cubes in order for you after which add within the ready gravy or sauce.
  • Coloration: To get the intense orangish-red colour, it’s best to make use of Kashmiri pink chilli powder or deghi mirch as a substitute of synthetic meals colours. Utilizing deep pink coloured tomatoes additionally contribute to a stunning orange colour within the gravy.


What’s butter paneer?

Butter paneer is one other title for Paneer Butter Masala. They’re one and the identical dish.

What’s the distinction between Paneer Butter Masala and Paneer Tikka Masala?

Paneer Butter Masala is a creamy and mildly candy gravy made with butter, tomatoes, cashews, spices and paneer. Paneer Tikka Masala is a sturdy dish made with grilled yogurt marinated paneer cubes in a spicy, fragrant tomato-onion gravy.

Can I add onions? 

Onions are in no way required on this recipe as they alter the style of the gravy. However if you happen to nonetheless wish to add them, simply add about ¼ to ⅓ cup finely chopped onions.

Can I add onion paste and when so as to add it?

You’ll be able to add ½ cup onion paste. Add paste after including tej patta after which sauté the onion paste until mild golden.

Are they cashews uncooked or roasted?

In Indian recipes the place cashews are floor to a paste, uncooked cashews are used at all times and never the roasted selection.

What can I substitute cashews with?

You should use cashew butter (unsweetened) or add almonds. Soak almonds in scorching water for 30 minutes. Take away the peels and mix to a clean consistency in a blender or mixer. It’s also possible to use almond powder or almond meal.

Can I exploit canned tomato puree?

Sure, you should utilize canned tomato puree. However add sugar within the gravy if required if the puree is just too tangy. 

Can I blanch the tomatoes?

Sure, you’ll be able to blanch tomatoes earlier than pureeing them. In the event you favor you’ll be able to pressure the tomato puree. 

Will blanching tomatoes for making puree scale back cooking time and can the style change?

Sure it will scale back the cooking time, however the style will probably be similar.

Can I exploit canned tomatoes?

Sure you should utilize canned tomatoes. 

Are you able to describe the standard and sort of tomatoes for this recipe?

Within the recipe, use tomatoes which aren’t very tangy or bitter. The tomatoes needs to be ripe however agency. They need to be pink in colour and never yellow or white. Roma tomatoes are a good selection. In the event you stay in India, use the massive salad tomatoes or bigger sized tomatoes and never the small Indian desi number of tomatoes. 

Is there any substitute for tej patta?

Simply skip including it.

Can we exchange cream with milk powder or milk?

You’ll be able to add milk powder, however it’s a must to watch out because it makes the dish excessively candy. I’d counsel so as to add ½ tablespoon initially and do a style examine. If gravy isn’t creamy or candy sufficient, then add an additional ¼ to ½ tablespoon however keep away from including greater than a complete of 1 tablespoon. Don’t add milk, as it could curdle from the acidity of tomatoes.

What can be utilized as a substitute of cream in Paneer Butter Masala?

Merely skip the cream in my paneer butter masala recipe. The cashews do give a creaminess to the gravy.

What’s Kasuri methi and may I skip it?

Kasuri methi are dried fenugreek leaves. They’re extremely fragrant and provides a delicate aroma in any dish. You’ll be able to skip them or sub with a lightweight pinch of floor fenugreek seeds powder.

My tomato gravy has turn into too bitter. Is there a option to repair this? 

Attempt including some extra cream and a bit extra sugar. This can stability the sourness within the gravy

Can I add honey as a substitute of sugar?

Honey turns into poisonous when heated, so higher to keep away from it. Or you’ll be able to add honey, when the paneer butter masala is heat. Don’t add when scorching. 

What can I exchange butter with?

You should use ghee (clarified butter) or impartial tasting oil. 

Is paneer butter masala good for well being?

In the event you omit including wealthy substances like cream or butter, then paneer butter masala is wholesome.

Why is my paneer rubbery?

Paneer turns into rubbery and dense when they’re overcooked. Attempt to not prepare dinner them for a very long time in a gravy or curry. Merely combine them with the gravy and change off the warmth or you’ll be able to prepare dinner them within the gravy for a couple of seconds.

Can we fry paneer?

Sure you’ll be able to fry the paneer, earlier than you add them within the gravy. You’ll be able to both pan fry or shallow fry paneer cubes till mild golden. Don’t fry them for a very long time – they turn into dense and rubbery.

Why does paneer break whereas cooking?

In case your home made paneer has an excessive amount of moisture, it is going to break and crumble whereas cooking.

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Paneer Butter Masala is one among India’s hottest paneer recipe. This recipe with Indian cottage cheese cubes in a creamy tomato sauce is a greatest one which I’ve been making for a very long time.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 30 minutes

Complete Time 40 minutes

Delicacies North Indian

Course: Most important Course

Food regimen: Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Issue Stage: Simple

Servings four

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This paneer butter masala recipe submit from the archives (April 2013) has been republished and up to date on 28 December 2020.

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