Butter Paneer Masala


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Butter Paneer Masala

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Delicious Butter Paneer Masala is hot thick gravy made with pieces of paneer mixed in a buttery sauce of tomatoes, onion paste and lots of spices.

Enjoy Butter Paneer Masala with Indian breads like Chapati, Paratha or Butter Naan.

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Butter Paneer Masala recipe - How to make Butter Paneer Masala

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  1. To make butter paneer masala, heat 1 tbsp of butter in a deep non-stick pan, add the onions, cloves, cardamom and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Remove from the flame and keep aside.
  3. Heat the remaining butter in the same pan, add the onion paste and ginger-garlic paste, mix well and saute for 5 minutes on medium flame.
  4. Add the chilli powder, garam masala, sugar, salt and tomato puree, mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the paneer and 150 ml water, mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the tomato-onion purée, milk, garam masala and salt mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Serve the butter paneer masala hot garnished with coriander.

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North-Indian Paneer gravies:

  1. Paneer is one of the most important sources of protein for vegetarians. It is a versatile ingredient and because of the bland taste, it can easily soak in flavours and can be used to make an array of dishes ranging from appetizers to curries. Apart from koftas, mixed vegetables and aloo, paneer is one ingredient used in most North Indian sabzi recipes. Listing down some all-time favorite paneer gravy recipes that you would like to try :

For the tomato-onion puree:

  1. For making the paneer butter masala, heat 1 tbsp of butter in a deep non-stick pan. The recipe name itself says butter masala paneer hence the heavy usage of butter. You can use either salted or unsalted butter to make the makhani paneer. Adding oil along with butter prevents the butter from burning.
  2. Once the butter melts and oil is moderately hot, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Also, add whole spices like cloves, cardamom to enhance the flavour of the restaurant style paneer butter masala and saute on a medium flame fro1 minute. 
  4. Add the tomatoes. Avoid unripe tomatoes as they will affect the taste of the dish, firm tomatoes with a slightly sweet taste are ideal.
  5. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally. The tomatoes must turn soft and mushy.
  6. Add the cashew nuts. They provide a rich and creamy texture to the gravy.
  7. Add the coriander powder.
  8. Add the chilli powder. To get a bright orange red coloured gravy, make use of a good quality chilli powder.
  9. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. This recipe of paneer butter masala - restaurant style requires you to saute onions, tomatoes in butter first and then cook with cashew and spices, this step is important to make a scrumptious gravy. If at any stage, the vegetables are not cooked properly, you will feel the raw taste in the paneer makhani gravy later.
  10. Switch off the flame and cool slightly & transfer the cooked onions-tomatoes to a mixer jar.
  11. Add ¼ cup of water.
  12. Blend till smooth and our makhani gravy is ready. Keep aside. You can even strain to get a really smooth puree.

How to make paneer butter masala:

  1. For preparing the paneer butter masala, heat the remaining 2 tbsp of butter in a deep non-stick pan.
  2. Add the bayleaf.
  3. Add the ginger paste and garlic paste. Alternatively, you can even add finely chopped ginger-garlic. If you are Jain, then you can avoid the onions and garlic, but the overall yield will be less and you will have to add extra cream or cashews to balance the texture and flavours.
  4. Sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the prepared tomato-onion purée.
  6. Add the milk. Water can also be used but, milk helps in giving a rich texture to the paneer butter masala.
  7. Add the kashmiri red chilli powder. This also helps in giving a nice colour to the gravy.
  8. Add the garam masala and salt. I have used homemade garam masala spice-mix made using this recipe of garam masala.
  9. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  10. Add the fresh cream. If you want a creamier paneer butter masala then use more cream. If you do not like the creamy taste, then avoid adding cream.
  11. Add the dried fenugreek leaves. Always roast and lightly crush the kasuri methi in your palms before adding to get maximum flavours.
  12. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 30 seconds, while stirring occasionally.
  13. Add the paneer. If you like the paneer crispy, shallow fry them lightly before adding to the gravy. For vegan alternative, use tofu instead of paneer. I mostly make use of homemade cottage cheese made using this detailed recipe for paneer.
  14. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally. If over-cooked the paneer will become tough so, if you are not serving immediately then do not add the paneer cubes.
  15. Serve the restaurant style paneer butter masala immediately garnished with coriander. Enjoy the paneer butter masala hot with Tandoori roti, kulcha, Butter garlic naan or jeera rice for a satisfactory meal.
  16. Also you can try other Punjabi paneer sabzi recipes like : Paneer Pasanda, Paneer Methi Palak and Paneer and Tomato in Green Gravy

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Butter Paneer Masala
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 on 26 Nov 19 06:05 PM


I liked it recepies so much....easy to cook....
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27 Nov 19 03:50 PM
Butter Paneer Masala
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 on 25 Jul 19 07:13 PM


it''s so easy to cook....and very tasty.....thank you tarla mam
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26 Jul 19 10:29 AM
Butter Paneer Masala
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 on 06 Jul 16 11:57 AM


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06 Jul 16 04:39 PM
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 on 26 Mar 16 09:00 PM


It''s easy or to yummi tnx tarla jiii
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28 Mar 16 10:25 AM
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 on 22 Jan 16 04:21 PM


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22 Jan 16 04:39 PM
Butter Paneer Masala
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 on 19 Jan 16 05:43 PM


Best Recipe. I loved it. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe with us.
Butter Paneer Masala
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 on 30 Dec 15 05:25 PM


Thank you so much for the recipe. I had cooked something for my family for the first time and they loved it. I am not much into cooking and never thought that i could make something this delicious.
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31 Dec 15 11:46 AM
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 on 06 Jan 15 06:57 PM