Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

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Paneer Butter Masala is a popular Indian vegetarian dish made with paneer (Indian cottage cheese) in a rich and creamy tomato-based gravy. The dish is mildly spiced and has a smooth and silky texture that makes it perfect to pair with Indian breads like naan, roti, or rice.

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 30 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 3 Calories: 275 calories. Best Season: Winter



  1. Heat a pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Once melted, add the cubed paneer and fry until golden brown. Remove the paneer from the pan and set it aside.
  2. In the same pan, add another tablespoon of butter and sauté the finely chopped onions until they turn translucent.
  3. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute until the raw smell goes away.
  4. Add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook until they turn mushy.
  5. Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, and salt to taste. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down a bit.
  7. Once cooled, blend the mixture to a smooth paste using a blender or mixer.
  8. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve to get a smooth and silky gravy.
  9. Heat the same pan used before over medium heat and add the blended gravy. Cook for a minute.
  10. Add the fried paneer to the gravy and mix well.
  11. Add 1/2 cup fresh cream and stir well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Turn off the heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


  • You can adjust the amount of red chili powder according to your taste preference. If you like it less spicy, reduce the amount or skip it altogether.
  • Make sure to fry the paneer until golden brown. This will give it a nice crispy texture and enhance the flavor of the dish.
  • You can use either fresh cream or heavy cream for this recipe. If you don't have either, you can use milk or yogurt as a substitute.
  • Straining the gravy is an optional step, but it will give you a smoother and more silky texture.
  • You can serve Paneer Butter Masala with naan, roti, or rice.
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