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Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala

Restaurant style paneer butter masala recipe- Here soft paneer cubesare gently simmered in a vibrant mildly spiced onion tomato cashew gravy.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: paneer butter masala
Servings: 3
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Harini


For Tomato Puree

  • 3 large tomatoes ripe and red
  • 1 big onion cubed
  • 12 whole cashews

To Make Paneer Butter Gravy

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger-garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups cubed paneer 200 grams
  • 4 tablespoons fresh cream
  • 1 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi
  • chopped cilantro leaves to serve
  • Ginger julienne to serve


  • Blanch the tomatoes, onions and cashews in hot water for 2-3 minutes. peel and de seed the tomatoes. Transfer tomatoes and onions to mixer jar and make a very smooth puree.
    blanching tomatoes
  • Blend cashews into a smooth paste separately with 2 tablespoons milk
    cashew paste
  • Heat 3 tablespoons butter in a thick pan. Add tej patta and saute well. Add cardamom pods and saute. Add crushed ginger garlic and saute till raw smell leaves.
    sauteeing whole spices in butter
  • Add the tomato puree and mix well. Let cook for 2-3 minutes
    tomato onion puree added to butter
  • Add chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well and cook till the tomato puree leaves fat from sides. This may take around 10 minutes. Cover and cook in medium flame.
    spice powders added to tomato puree
  • In the mean time toast the cubed paneer with some ghee
    toasted paneer cubes
  • Once the tomato puree is well cooked, add 1 cup water and sugar. Mix well and cook for 10 more minutes till the gravy thickens. Add cream and stir well
    cream added to tomato gravy
  • Add the paneer cubes and toss gently. Simmer for 2-3 minutes
    cubed paneer added
  • Add crushed kasuri methi, ginger julienne if using and mix well. Serve paneer butter masala with naan, kulcha
    kasuri methi added


  • You can double or triple this recipe.
  • Paneer butter masala in general is very less spicy. However if you are making for kids or want to reduce spice further, just add a pinch of red chilli powder or you can even omit 
  • Use really good and soft malai paneer for this recipe to get the best taste.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 100mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg