paneer butter masala | how to make easy paneer butter masala
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paneer butter masala- is a favourite north indian curry served with nan, chapathi, rice or jeera rice.
Recipe type: side
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • Paneer cubes – 200 gms ( about 2 cups)
  • large Onion – 1 chopped
  • Medium tomato – 3 chopped
  • Ginger – 1 inch
  • Garlic cloves- 3
  • Cashew - about 12
  • Red chilly powder- ¾th tsp or to taste
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp or to taste
  • Coriander powder- ¾ tsp
  • cumin powder- ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder - ½ tsp
  • Kasoori methi- ½ tsp
  • Bay leaves-2
  • Cinnamon sticks-2
  • Cloves-3
  • Cardamom-2
  • Sugar- ¼ tsp
  • cream- 2 tbsps
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Oil – 2 tbsps
  • Butter- 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Julienned ginger for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh coriander leaves- 1 tbsp chopped
  1. Soak the cashew in the warm water for 15 minutes.
  2. Pour a tablespoon of oil in the pan, and sautee the onion in medium flame till soft.
  3. Add the ginger and garlic. Saute until the onion is golden brown.
  4. Add the tomato and cover the sauce pan. Cook till tomato is mushy.
  5. Cool the mixture and puree it along with the soaked cashew nuts.
  6. In a pan add the butter and oil. Let the butter melt.
  7. Add the bay leaf, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom and turmeric. saute for 30 seconds.
  8. Add the pureed mixture and cook for 5-7 minutes. Stir in between.
  9. Add the red chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, and salt. Cook for a minute.
  10. Add a cup of water and let the curry simmer for five minutes.
  11. At this point check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  12. Add the cubed paneer, kasoori methi, cream and sugar. Simmer for couple more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  13. Enjoy the paneer butter masala with chapathi or rice.
Recipe by Madhu's Everyday Indian at