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paneer butter masala recipe with video and detailed instructions- paneer butter masala is one of the most popular restaurant favorites in India and around the world. the curry is made with  Cubed paneer (indian cottage cheese) and is cooked in a onion, tomato and cashew base.  Its a rich creamy sauce and is absolutely finger liking good. Its a great side dish that can be served with Nan ( the Indian flat bread), whole wheat chapathi, plain rice or jeera rice (cumin rice). I like to eat with oats paratha

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As the name suggests, to make the paneer butter masala we use butter in the dish.  To make it tad bit healthy, I prefer using a combination of both butter and oil. Also, i go easy on heavy cream, i don’t prefer adding too much of it. If you do not have cream, milk is a great substitute for heavy cream.

If you want to make it vegan, substitute paneer with tofu and replace the cream/milk with coconut milk.

Paneer is the Indian cheese, and the paneer dishes are extremely popular in the Indian cuisine. In addition to the paneer butter masala recipe, some of the other popular paneer dishes are palak panner, shahi paneer, kadai paneer and panner tikka masala. Paneer butter masala is alaso called Paneer Makhani. Making a restaurant style paneer butter masala is pretty easy, and you control the amount and butter and spices according to your taste.

In addition to paneer butter masala, I have some more side gravy’s in the blog. Do check out my tofu no butter masala, paneer mushroom masala, tofu masala curry , matar palak tofu.

This is a fail proof recipe which i have been making for few years now. Paneer Butter Masala is always on the menu whenever we have friends and family over. Kids in general love to eat this creamy and slightly mild curry with nan.

Few tips before making the curry

  • If using frozen paneer, bring the paneer to room temperature. You can also cook the paneer in hot water for few minutes.
  • You can also pan fry the paneer before adding in the gravy.
  • Use ripe red tomatoes for the recipe. Using a good ripe tomato makes a huge difference in how the curry tastes.
  • Cashew nuts give a nice richness to the curry, but can also try using almonds. Soak the almonds in hot water, peel the skin and use it.
  • Cream can be replaced with regular milk or coconut milk.
  • Fenugreek leaves have a strong pungent smell, but is a key ingredient in the recipe.
paneer butter masala

paneer butter masala

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paneer butter masala- is a favourite north indian curry served with nan, chapathi, rice or jeera rice.
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Recipe type: side
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.

Step by step procedure on how to make the paneer butter masala:

paneer butter masala recipe

Soak the cashew in the warm water for 15 minutes.

paneer butter masala recipe

Pour a tablespoon of oil in the pan, and sautee the onion in medium flame till soft.

Add the ginger and garlic.

paneer butter masala recipe

Saute until the onion is golden brown.

paneer butter masala recipe

Add the tomato and cover the sauce pan.

paneer butter masala recipe

Cook till tomato is mushy.

paneer butter masala recipe

Cool the mixture and puree it along with the soaked cashew nuts.

paneer butter masala recipe

In a pan add the butter and oil. Let the butter melt.

Add the bay leaf, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom and turmeric. saute for 30 seconds.

paneer butter masala recipe

Add the pureed mixture and cook for 5-7 minutes. Stir in between.

paneer butter masala recipe

Add the red chilly powder, corinader powder, cumin powder, garam masala, and salt. Cook for a minute.

Add a cup of water and let the curry simmer for five minutes. At this point check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

paneer butter masala recipe

Add the cubed paneer, kasoori methi, cream and sugar. Simmer for couple more minutes, stirring occasionally.

paneer butter masala recipe

Enjoy the paneer butter masala with nan or rice.

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