Paneer Butter Masala is a traditional North Indian recipe in which Paneer pieces are cooked in rich creamy butter & tomato gravy. Paneer Butter Masala also named as Butter Paneer, Paneer Makhani etc. the dish is made up of aromatic Indian spices and by rich gravy made by using tomato puree, onion paste, and cashew paste. Paneer is a type of fresh cheese common in Indian subcontinent, and Paneer butter masala is one of the most popular Paneer recipes in Indian cuisine. The dish looks very exotic and tastes yummy. This dish is more appropriate for occasions , special events, celebrations, gathering and parties.
Paneer: 250 gms
Tomatoes: 4-5, roughly chopped
Onions: 2-3. roughly chopped
Ginger-Garlic Paste: 1 tbsp
Cashew Nut: 1/4th cup
Garam Masala: 1/4th tsp + to sprinkle
Cardamom Powder: 1/4th tsp
Paprika Powder: 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder: 1/4th tsp
Sugar: 1/2 tbsp
Milk/Water: 1/2 cup
Heavy Cream: 1/4th cup
Butter: 2 tbsp
Oil: 2 tsp
Salt: To Taste
Kasoori Methi [Dried Fenugreek Leaves]: 1 tbsp, crushed
Coriander: 1 tbsp, chopped to garnish
- Roughly chop the onions and tomatoes. Put 1 tsp oil in a pan and dump all the onions and tomatoes into it. Now add the cashews. Let this cook for 7-10 mins or till the onions become soft and tomatoes become mushy. The cashews would also become soft by then.
- Now switch off the flame and wait for the mixture to cool down a bit. Grind to a smooth paste
- Take 2 tbsp butter in a pan. Also add a tsp of oil into it, this will prevent the butter from burning. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 2-3 minutes.
- Add in the paprika powder, cardamom powder, garam masala, red chilli powder, salt and sugar and give it a good mix. Now crush the kasoori methi and add it to the gravy.
- Add the cream into the gravy next.
- Cut paneer into desired shape and add to the gravy. At this stage you can add either milk or water to the gravy. Milk will further increase the richness of the dish.
- Cover the paneer and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes on low heat.
- This is to make sure that the paneer absorbs all the spices well. Sprinkle garam masala on top and garnish with chopped coriander.
- Serve Paneer Makhani with butter naan or rice.
- Skip using the cream if you want to cut down on the calories. Use milk instead.
- The gravy can also be made using almond paste.
- The gravy gets really thick after it cools down [because of cashews] so adjust the consistency accordingly.