Paneer Butter Masala

imagePaneer butter masala is commonly prepared side dish for roti, naan pulka from North Indian cuisine. Now it’s become famous all over India. Paneer butter masala is prepared with paneer(Cottage cheese) as main ingredient. Gravy is prepared with onions, tomatoes, cashews and spices. Paneer cubes are added to the prepared gravy and simmered for two minutes. The taste of this dish is absolutely phenomenal with the richness of fresh cream. Here I present delectable paneer butter masala which can be served as an accompaniment to chapathi, naan or pulka. Njoy Cooking, Serving n Savoring!

Author: Akshayakumbham
Course: Side dish
Cuisine: North Indian
Servings: 4


Paneer(Cottage cheese): 200 gms

Butter: 1 tbsp

Oil: 1 tbsp

Onions: 2 nos. medium sized

Ginger garlic paste: 1 1/2 tsp

Tomatoes: 3 nos.

Cashews: 1 1/2 tbsp or 20 nos. (Approximately)

Salt: As required

Garam masala: 2 tsp

Coriander powder: 1 tsp

Cumin powder: 1 tsp

Red chilli powder: 1 1/2 tsp

Kasuri methi: 1 tsp

Fresh cream: 1 1/2 tbsp

Coriander leaves: Few

Method of preparation:

1. First soak 15-20 nos. of cashews in hot water for 15-20 minutes.image

2.  Heat kadai/pan and put the butter in it.image

3. Allow the butter to melt and add chopped onions into it.image

4. Fry the onions on low flame till they turn into translucent. Now add ginger garlic paste. And sauté till the raw smell goes away. Also add tbsp of oil.image

5.  Meanwhile rinse tomatoes well and roughly chop them. Take a mixer grinder and put the chopped tomatoes into it.image

6.  Grind the tomatoes into a puree.image

7. Add the tomato puree to the onion mixture.image

8.  Add half cup of water into the grinder, pour that water too and mix thoroughly.image


9.  Keep the lid and cook on low flame for five minutes.image

10.  Now open the lid and mix thoroughly.image

11. Now grind cashews in a mixer grinder into a smooth paste.imageimage

12.  Add this paste to the cooked onion tomato mixture.image

13. Mix well and cook furthermore on low flame for three minutes. If required add little water into it.

14.  Now add garam masala, red chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin powder.image

15. Mix well and again add half cup of water and cook well.image

16. Also add kasuri methi and mix well.image

17. Meanwhile take 200 gms of paneer and cut it into small cubes of desired shape. Keep aside.imageimage

18. Now add one tbsp of cream and stir continuously. Also add chopped coriander leaves.image


19. Now add paneer cubes and mix carefully.imageimage

20. Cook for just two minutes and switch off the flame.image

21. Now the delicious paneer butter masala is ready to serve. Transfer the paneer butter masala into a serving bowl. Garnish with half tbsp cream and chopped coriander leaves.image

22.  Serve the paneer butter masala with hot chapathi, onion rings and lemon wedges. Drizzle little salt,  black pepper powder and squeeze lemon juice  on onion rings. imageimage

Thank you for visiting akshayakumbham and leaving comments. Your comments are really appreciated.