Paneer Butter Masala..My go to Paneer recipe


Paneer Butter masala is probably one of the most famous paneer dishes. It is pretty easy to make and tastes delicious. I make it often for my dinner parties and it is always appreciated. My version is inspired from Nisha Madhulika’s recipe. You can enjoy it with either Tandoori Roti, Naan or just with steamed rice. It will taste delicious either ways. I can assure you that.

I have already shared a Cilantro Paneer recipe with you guys. You can find it here, just in case you missed it.

Here is how I make this lip smacking delight 😛


Butter – 2 tbsp

Fresh Paneer – 250 grams

Tomatoes – 3, medium

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilly – 2, optional, to taste

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Red Chilly Powder – 1/4 tsp

Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander & Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Kasoori Methi Powder or Dry Fenugreek Leaves powder – 1 tsp

Sugar – 1/2 tsp, optional

Fresh Cream – 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish


  1. Cut paneer into small cubes and keep it soaked in warm water until ready to use. This ensures your paneer will stay soft in the gravy. You can skip this step if you are using fresh home made paneer.
  2. In a blender, make a smooth paste of the tomatoes, ginger and green chilly. Add some water, if needed. I recommend straining this puree through a strainer to get a silky smooth gravy.
  3. Heat the butter in a pan and add this tomato puree. Allow it to cook for a few minutes till you see some butter separating from the masala.
  4. Now add in the dry spices – salt, turmeric, red chilly powder, coriander and cumin powder and the sugar. Mix well. Add  1/2 cup of water and let it come to a boil.
  5. Add fenugreek leaves powder and garam masala powder to the gravy. Finally add in the paneer cubes and mix everything well. Cover and cook for a few minutes.
  6. Finally, mix in the cream, cook for another minute and turn off the flame.
  7. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot with your choice of Indian bread or rice.


So that was the super easy and super delicious recipe of my version of Paneer Butter Masala.

Do give this a try and let me know if you like it.

Thanks for stopping by.


Ritu. 🙂

26 Comments Add yours

  1. Yummy!! I love making paneer butter masala too!! An absolute fav!!

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    1. Same here. Thanks a bunch

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      2. Thank you. I am enjoying your quotes. Will check it out.

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      3. Thanks a lot.. 😉

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  2. Looks so delicious, Ritu 🙂

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  3. mypinchofyum says:

    Paneer Butter Masala is our favorite pick in veg. Lovely colour.
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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks.
      And thanks so much for the award. I really appreciate it.

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  4. Linda Fernandes says:

    Wooooow I m not a fan of paneer but this delish has to give a try

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    1. Thanks dear. I hope you will like it. You can replace paneer with tofu of you like


      1. Linda Fernandes says:

        Ma Jesus that is nightmare 😛 will try with paneer dear Ritu

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      2. Lol. Sorry. Try chicken.

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  5. I just love anything that has paneer in it.. And this is an all time favourite.. 🙂

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    1. Thanks a bunch. Glad you liked it.


  6. Alok Singhal says:

    Paneer recipes are my favorite too. I love Paneer Butter Masala the most.

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Gayatri says:

    It looks so yummy!!

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  8. I have never tried this it looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks so much. It sure is delicious. You can replace the paneer with chicken.

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  9. This is culinary nirvana! 🙂

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