Paneer Butter Masala

A creamy paneer butter masala curry is just perfect to finish off with buttery naans.

Paneer Butter Masala is a famous Punjabi Dish, popular in North India and commonly served with Naan or Rice. It is made up of cottage cheese in buttery and creamy rich tomato gravy. My family loved it with naan and it is always a hit for lunch or dinner. I have learnt it from my mother in law and always prepare it using homemade paneer.
5 from 3 votes
Paneer Butter Masala
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A creamy and tasty paneer curry cooked with butter and tomato onion gravy.

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Sapana Behl
  • 250 g cottage cheese /paneer cut in cubes
For paste-1
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  • 1 cup milk
For paste-2
  • 2 onion
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 " ginger piece
  • 1/4 cup water
For paste -3
  • 6 tomatoes medium sized
  • 5-7 green chillies
  • 1 cup milk cream+ 2 teaspoon
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 whole dried red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves/kasuri methi
  • 3 teaspoon deggi mirch powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoon green chilly slits
  1. Prepare all the three paste separately in the blender and set aside.
  2. Heat butter and vegetable oil in a wok. Add whole red chillies.
  3. Now add paste -2 and cook till it becomes brown in colour. It will take 10-12 minutes.
  4. To this add milk cream and paste -1. Stir it and then add deggi mirch powder. Add paste-3 and stir it.
  5. Add dried fenugreek leaves and all spices( except garam masala ) and salt, cook till oil comes out from edges.( 7-8 minutes)
  6. Now add 4 cups of water and let it boil on low heat till it starts thickening.
  7. Add cubes of cottage cheese and cook for 5 minutes more.
  8. Remove from heat, add garam masala, green chilly slits and 2 teaspoon milk cream.
Recipe Notes

Don't overcook the curry after adding cheese or else it will not taste yummy. Add chillies as per your tastes.

Best Regards,

Sapana Behl

18 comments on “Paneer Butter Masala”

  1. Meena B says:

    Delicious paneer butter masala sapna
    i made it with cheese and loads of butter
    i think u did see in my recipe index
    its so awesome now that we can make same restaurant style dish at our home

    lovely pics too

  2. Very yummy dear… perfectly made…

  3. well explained dear…delicious curry..

  4. I see quite a bit of ingredients, that being why the curry looks so tasty. I am in for such dishes.

  5. Cathleen says:

    Wow! What a fantastic looking dish! My mouth is watering!

  6. very well written post… looks silky, smooth and soooo creamy!!! Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes…

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  7. Saras says:

    My staple order in restaurantsā€¦looks very tempting!

  8. Absolutely inviting. Looks delicious.
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  9. Pavani says:

    OMG, that paneer curry looks amazing Sapana. Very inviting.

  10. Your Paneer Butter Masala looks so creamy and smooth just like restaurant style. Liked the use of Kasuri methi.

  11. I am always on the lookout for easy gravies and paneer butter masala is a classic.

  12. I could bowlfuls of this, love it. Your dish looks so tempting.

  13. forgot the word ‘eat’ šŸ˜‰

  14. Such a delicious gravy and this is one of our favorites. Beautiful clicks Sapana.

  15. Jagruti says:

    What a classic and flavourful curry, this curry with buttery naan is a match made in heaven.

  16. Jayasri says:

    Our most family favourite dish!

  17. Jayashree says:

    This looks delicious Sapana. I have paneer lovers at home.

  18. That looks yumm sapana! One of our favorite curries anytime! Simply droolicious

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