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Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

by Sonia on November 11, 2009

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This beautiful dish was long time due to post. When Trupti announced the JFI-Paneer, I knew what I was going to send. :) Well, I had no clue about the exact recipe and how I was going to make it. I just made it with some common ingredients what available in my pantry. Most Punjabi gravies, either red or white, the preparation is almost same using common spices. So, I went ahead and made this Paneer Makhani aka Paneer Butter Masala. Trust me, the result was really awesome! Adding poppy seeds and cashew powder gives you creamier and silky gravy. Overall, it was very tasty and mouth-watering.

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe
Serves: 3-4 as a side dish
  • 3 Tbsp Oil + 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 12-13 Paneer cubes
  • 2 medium Onions-roughly chopped
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Cashew powder or handful broken Cashew
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds/Khus-khus - Optional
  • 1 tsp each Turmeric powder, Coriander powder, and Sweet Paprika powder
  • 1 Tbsp Red Chili powder-or to taste
  • ½ tsp Kitchen King Masala powder (optional)
  • ⅛ tsp CCC powder (Cloves-Cardamom-Cinnamon powder) Or 1 whole each
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala powder
  • 1 tbsp Kasuri methi
  • 1 tsp Honey or Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy Cream
  • Salt -to taste
  • chopped Cilantro, for garnish
  1. Heat a tbsp oil in non-stick pan. Fry paneer cubes till golden brown each side. Remove them on kitchen towel. Drop them in bowl of water for 15-20 mins. Drain and keep it aside. If you don't have cashew powder, soak cashew in ½ cup hot water at least 30 mins.
  2. Heat a tbsp oil in another pan. Add onions, sprinkle some salt and cook them till light brown. Add ginger garlic powder. Sauté for 1 min more. Add all the spices (except Kitchen King Masala pwd). Now add chopped tomatoes and cook it until tomatoes become soft.
  3. Add poppy seeds and cashew powder or soaked broken cashew to it. Cook for 2 mins more. Remove from the heat and let it cool completely. Grind into smooth purée adding ½ cup water.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil in same pan. Add the onion-tomato purée and cook on low heat for 4-5 mins. Add more ½ cup of water if needed and let the gravy to be thickened. Add salt, kasuri methi and honey. Finally add paneer cubes and reserve some for garnish. Let it cook on low heat for 2 mins. Adjust the seasoning. Add the butter and cream. Garnish with cilantro and cubed paneer.

Enjoy with naan or roti or paratha or rice. We had it with Carrot Paratha and Jeera Rice. Recipe coming soon!


I am happy to send my entry to JFI- Paneer for the month of November, 2009 hosted by Trupti, originally started by Indira of Mahanandi.


  • This is one of my absolute favs and it looks mouthwatering, Sonu!

    • Thank you Shri. :)

  • thank you!!! This is such a wonderful recipe…I would love it with some hot parathas off the griddle! :)


    • Thank you Trupti. hmm…we had it with carrot paratha…wanted a change from usual naan. :)

  • woow..im so tempted to try this..will try it this weekend for sure..perfect with some naan !!

    • Try and let me know. :)

  • Making me drool, looks delicious!

    • Yes Nams, it’s really droolworthy. :)

  • Wow!!!! Just perfect with Butter Naan;)

  • Cham

    Such a eyecatching dish!

    • and it’s really delicious dish too Cham. Thanks :)

  • Looks mouthwatering and the pics are really superb

    • Thank you Sushma. It takes a lot of patience & practice for good photography. :)

  • have you seen sia’s blog? your pics remind me so much of hers :) very nice! especially those succulent paneer pieces!!

    • Yes. She has a very neat blog with nice recipes. Thanks. :)

  • Wonderful recipe and pictures. This way of making is new to me. My makhani masala does not have any onion in it ;-) will try the poppy seeds next time.

    • Hey Soma, glad to see you here. where have u been gal? Long time no see. I would like to see your version too. :)

  • one of my all time favorites! i love the dish youve served this in.

    • Any paneer based recipe is my fav too. :)

  • Very nice pictures Sonia and the paneer makhani looks awesome. I was look for a good recipe of this.

    • Thank you RC. I am glad you found your dish here. :)

  • Aparna

    Awesome pics! Like the recipe too. Must try for me…

    • Thank you Aparna! Do try and let me know. :)

  • Wow, man….the pictures are super tempting…lovely paneer makhaani:)

  • WOw, paneer makhaani looks super tempting, pictures are breathtaking, my dear.

  • Thanks for visiting my site and in turn leading me to your wonderful space. The paneer makhani looks inviting, lovely pictures…

    • Welcome Usha! Thanks for your words.

  • This is one dish which never bores me… The picture looks so inviting… nice click…

    • neither me. :) Thanks for your words.

  • Wow gorgeous, mouth watering pics there, a must try dish for me :-)

    • Thank you Parita. :)

  • i feel a bit lost in a food blog but couldn’t not comment on that dish. it looks professional.

    • Welcome! Thanks for your words. :)

  • Hi Sonia, Paneer Makhani looks mouth watering and yummy dish. You are a great cook and a superb photographer.

    • Thank you very much Hema for your sweet words. :)

  • PJ

    looks delicious.. beautiful photo as well!

    • Welcome PJ! Thank you for stopping by. Thanks for your words too. :)

  • Lovely picture…totally droolworthy ! I tried your gujarati dal – turned out so good…had soem people over and they all enjoyed it…thanks for sharing the recipe…

    • Thank you for ur words. And thanks for trying my Gujarati daal. :)

  • s

    out of the world!!!10 on 10

  • Hi Sonia,
    Your recipe`s and pictures are so mouthwatering. My only regret is I am too old (I’ll be 75 this week!) to cook these. Can I invite myself to your home to sample whatever you would have cooked on the day? There is a direct flight from LA….

    By the way, do you have recipe` for Lagan-na-vaal? The dry vaal they cook in Gujarat for sit-down-wedding lunches? I wish to use pinto beans (which look and taste like vaal) because we do not get that lentil in Southern California. Thanks and good luck.

    • Dear Naren mama, first of all, thank you for stopping by. :) I am so glad to see your comment finally. Do you need any invitation to come your home? :) This is your home and you are always welcome!

      Yes, I know that Vaal/White beans (can be substituted with Pinto beans) recipe. That’s so mouthwatering and yummy. I’ll post the recipe soon. Thank you. :)

  • breath-taking picture and is making me drool :)…
    hugs and smiles

    • Welcome Jaya! Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and smiles to you back. :)

  • Paneer and Butter along with spicy Masala! Can’t beat that combination. Looks mouthwatering

    • Yes, you are right! Thanks. :)

  • wow wow…. what a lovely picture!! i totally love it. very nice. keep it up. wonderful blog.

    • Thanks Mahima. You are able to leave ur comment but it’s only visible after my approval. :)

  • Rush

    i have made this atleast 5 times and i keep coming back…u shud add this to ur recipe index, there are so many of my favs which are missing from ur index…pls update!

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