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Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter masala is a rich and classic dish popular from Indian Cuisine . Indian Cottage Cheese in a creamy tomato sauce with a hint of sweetness from honey makes this a delicious and rich gravyy. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, North Indian, Punjabi
Keyword Curries, Gluten Free, Gravy, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 325kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • 200 to 250 grams Panner cubes
  • 3 tablespoon Butter divided into 1.5 tablespoon each
  • 2 teaspoon Oil
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 “ inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Green Cardamom
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2-3 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1 Tbs Coriander Seeds
  • 1 Onion medium size
  • 3 Tomato large size
  • 6-8 Garlic cloves
  • 1 ” inch Ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 8-10 whole Cashews
  • 1 tablespoon Kasuri Methi
  • ½ teaspoon Honey or sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoon Fresh Cream
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala Optional
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander leaves to garnish


  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil, toss and fry paneer cubes till golden yellow . Remove from pan and soak in water for 10 minutes or till use. (This step is optional, you can skip this step and use paneer directly)
  • In same pan , heat 1.5 tablespoon butter . Add bay leaf, cinnamon, clove, dry red chillies , coriander seeds and saute till aromatic.
  • Then add Onion, garlic cloves , ginger and fry till raw smell disappears. Add Tomato, salt and fry till its skin of tomato starts to shrink. Turn off the stove , allow to cool completely.
  • Once its cooled, discard the bay leaf and grind into smooth paste without adding water.
  • In the same pan, add 1 teaspoon of Oil and 1.5 tablespoon of butter , add ground paste, saute for 1-2 minutes till oil leaves the corners.
  • Add 1 to 1.25 Cup of water to mixer and rinse the jar well and add this water to the above masala.
  • Add Red Chilli powder, if adding and bring to boil on medium heat. Adjust salt
  • Soak Cashews in warm water for 10 minutes, grind to a smooth paste and add it to the above masala. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes , when it starts to thicken , add paneer cubes, kasuri methi, garam masala and fresh cream.
  • Stir well everything , Keep on sim and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Once it reaches the required consistency, turn off the heat.
  • Add honey only after turning off the flame.
  • Serve hot with Garlic Naan, Roti, Kulcha, Peas Pulao or Jeera Rice.



Calories: 325kcal