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Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala

Restaurant-style Paneer Butter Masala is a famous Paneer Curry Recipe that combines paneer with fresh cream and spices in an onion-tomato-based curry sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Paneer Recipes, Vegetarian Side Dish
Yield: 4 people
Author: Amrita Roy


  • 200 gms Paneer cut into cubes
  • 2 no Onion, medium sliced
  • 8-10 no Garlic pods
  • 1 inch Ginger julienned
  • 3 no Tomato, medium chopped
  • 2 no Green Chilli
  • 5-6 no Cashew Nuts
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • ½ cup Fresh Cream
  • 2-3 tablespoon Butter
  • 3 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
  • 1 no Bay Leaf
  • 2 no Cardamom
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 3-4 no Clove


  • Heat oil in a wok and sauté paneer cubes with little salt and take them out from wok. Keep them aside.
  • Meanwhile, soak the cashew nuts in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes and make a smooth paste.
  • Add butter to the wok and once it melts add whole spices like bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove.
  • Next add garlic pods and slice onion into it. Keep on stirring until the onions are translucent.
  • After that add julienned ginger and chopped tomatoes and green chilli. Cook until the raw smell of tomato is gone.
  • Now add the cashew paste and half of the red chilli powder and combine well.
  • Later add water and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool it for some time and blend it in a blender.
  • After blending strain the mixture through a strainer.
  • Now heat the remaining butter in a pan and add coriander powder and remaining red chilli powder. Stir for few seconds.
  • Next add the strained mixture into it. Add fresh cream and mix well.
  • Now balance the sweetness of the gravy by adding sugar. Also adjust the salt.
  • Add sautéed paneer cubes into the gravy and allow to cook for 5 more minutes by closing the lid.
  • Finally, add crushed kasuri methi and dollop of butter or drizzle of cream on top. Now paneer butter masala is ready to serve.