Sunday, March 6, 2022

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer butter masala is one of the easiest curries you can make in less than 30 minutes. You can serve it alongside naan, roti or jeera rice. Even though I haven't used any cream in this recipe, it tastes just like the ones we get at restaurants. The creaminess is got by grinding cashews. You can also use soaked almonds with the skin removed. 

I am tagging this recipe for the "Homemade restaurant-style food" theme suggested by the "Shh cooking secretly" group on Facebook. This month's theme was suggested by Aruna who blogs at VasusVegKitchen. Do check her restaurant-style curd rice recipe

I am paired with Jayashree Trao for this month and she gave me ginger and tomatoes as my secret ingredients. I gave her cumin and onion and she made a delicious lip-smacking Dal Makhani. Jayashree blogs at EverGreen Dishes where you can find a huge collection of recipes. I would love to try her Quinoa dosa recipe.  


  1. Paneer - 250 gms
  2. Tomato - 2 medium
  3. Onion - 1 medium
  4. Ginger - 1/2 teaspoon crushed
  5. Garlic - 1 teaspoon crushed
  6. Cashews/Almonds - 10-12 nos. 
  7. Kasuri methi - 1 tablespoon
  8. Garam masala - 1/2 teaspoon
  9. Kashmiri chili powder - 1 teaspoon
  10. Turmeric powder -1/4 teaspoon
  11. Butter - 1 tablespoon
  12. Oil - 1 teaspoon
  13. Salt  - to taste
  14. Sugar - 1 teaspoon
  1. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan. 
  2. Saute chopped onion till they turn translucent.
  3. Add the crushed ginger and garlic and saute till the raw smell disappears.
  4.  Add the chopped tomatoes and cashews/almonds and cover and cook the tomatoes to turn mushy.
  5. Add turmeric powder, chili powder and garam masala. 
  6. Turn off the stove and wait for the mixture to cool completely.
  7. Blend the mixture to get a fine paste.
  8. Put the ground paste back into the pan and turn on the stove on medium flame. 
  9. Add in cubed paneer and salt to taste.
  10. Add sugar and butter. Simmer the curry for a few minutes. 
  11. Turn off the stove, add in crushed kasuri methi leaves and serve hot.


  1. Paneer butter masala looks very creamy with silky texture. Loved to have it with some hot garlic naans and jeera rice.

  2. Love the rich and creamy texture of the Paneer butter masala. Restaurant style curry would go perfect with our homemade roti

  3. Paneer Butter Masala, so creamy and inviting. Love this dish and always order it when we go out for a meal to Indian Restaurants. Sometimes the paneer pieces are so few. Like homemade paneer butter masala as then I can add more paneer pieces.

  4. paneer butter masala (PBM for us :p) looks super tempting. with hot rotis / spicy pulav this would work so well for a sunday brunch

  5. The paneer butter masala looks very creamy and inviting! My kids love this version! YUM!

  6. Such a creamy delectable Paneer Butter Masala! Love the gorgeous color of the curry..sounds absolutely flavorful.

  7. Wow paneer butter masala looks so rich creamy and mouthwatering. A perfect side dish for any party. I would love to have it with some pulao or paratha.

  8. Paneer Butter Masala looks so creamy delectable !!!! I just need some rotis to finish it off

  9. Paneer butter masala looks absolutely irresistible. Love the colour of the gravy . It is so rich and creamy. A fabulous treat for all paneer lovers. Just need some naan to polish it off.

  10. Paneer Butter masala looks so inviting. The curry looks so rich and creamy. It is one of our favourite curry to order while dining out, the kids especially love it. Your recipe sounds so easy and quick to make.

  11. That Paneer butter masala is so creamy, I believe all creamy things are delicious anyway. Super happy to have the recipe to make it at home, the exact restaurant way.

  12. The Paneer Butter Masala looks so creamy and flavourful! Love how you have made this dish without milk or cream, so it is suitable for vegans too. Would love to try out your version sometime with some garlic naan. 😊

  13. I always preferred the best Indian food in London. If you want to eat it, then I recommend you to visit the most trusted Mumbai Maska Restaurant.