Paneer Butter Masala Recipe, How to make Restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala | Butter Paneer Masala Recipe

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe | How to make Restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala  | Indian Cheese in Rich Onion-Tomato Creamy Gravy | Butter Paneer Masala Recipe

Restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala Recipe with step by step photos - This Paneer or Indian Cottage cheese cubes are cooked in a rich buttery, creamy and mildly sweet gravy. It's so simple and easy to make that is creamy and delicious. It is best served with roti's, paratha's, with naans or simple rice.

The method to make paneer butter masala is similar to my paneer makhani recipe except for the ingredients added and made by using onion-tomato-cashew paste, with some essential Indian spices.

Paneer is a type of fresh cheese common in Indian subcontinent, and it is one of the most popular Paneer recipes in Indian cuisine.

This is a rich curry and filled along with the butter and fresh cream I have also added cashews and almonds to make more rich & delicious. This is a good paneer recipe when you have guests at home or to make during a festival or family-friends get together celebration. This full proof recipe where no need to soak cashews, you can check the recipe !!

I am not a big fan of paneer but my husband loves paneer so much. Whenever, we plan for outdoor dinners, Paneer Butter Masala is one of the most ordered dishes in it and now-a-days it has gained popularity in non Indian people as well too who occasionally like to try Indian food.

Paneer Butter Masala pairs very well with most Indian Breads like Phulka's, Tandoori Butter Naan, Paratha etc. as well as with Rice varieties like Jeera Rice or even plain rice. The looks of the dish are exotic and its tastes yum !!

This makes this dish more appropriate for occasional treats, special events, celebrations, gathering and parties.

Let's start the recipe of "Paneer Butter Masala" with step by step process followed by pictures also.

Ingredients :

Roughly chopped Onion(medium sized) - 2 no
Roughly Chopped tomatoes(large sized) - 3 no
Finely chopped Ginger(Adrak) - 1 inch tbsp and
Juvenille ginger - 1/2 spoon(optional)
Garlic(lahsun) - 4-5 cloves
Slit Green Chillies(Hari mirch) - 2 nos(small)
Cashew nuts(kaju) - 5-6 nos
Almonds (badam) - 4-5 nos
Fresh Cream(Amul) - 1 tablespoon
Butter - 2 tablespoon
Cinnamon (Dalchini) - 1/2 inch
Green Cardamom(Choti Hari Elaichi) - 2 no
Bay Leaf (Tej Patta) - 1
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Garam Masala - 1/2 Teaspoon
Turmeric Powder (Haldi)- 1/2 Teaspoon
Coriander Powder (Dhania Powder) - 1/2 Teaspoon
cooking oil - 1/2 tblespoon
Sugar - 1 Teaspoon or 1 Teaspoon Honey
Crushed Dry Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi) - 1 Tablespoon
Fresh Chopped Coriander Leaves - 1 tbsp for garnishing

Preparation Method : 
1. To make the base for the "butter masala" - Take water in a pan, add roughly chopped onions, tomato, ginger, cloves, 1/2 tablespoon of butter, red chilli powder and slit 1 green chillies(it's optional, if you don't love green chillies then don't add). Add the cashew nuts and boil for 10-12 minutes, when onion changes the color and tomatoes becomes soft, mash it with the help of spatula, turn off the flame.

2. Then strain the concoction(discard bay leaf and cinnamon) and grind it into a puree with the stock(same water which we boil).

3. Now take 1/2 tbsp butter with 1/2 tbsp of oil in a pan, put on slow flame...add red chilli powder, juvenile of ginger, 1 slit green chilli and 2 tablespoon of above puree with cubes of paneer...saute the paneer with all, keep rest of the puree aside for later use. 

4. Now add the rest of the onion tomato paste to the pan and add garam masala and turmeric powder to the mixture. Cook for a couple of minutes.

5. Also add some sugar or honey to the gravy. Adding Sugar is optional but it gives a nice taste to the gravy. You can also replace Sugar with honey. 

6. Now add fresh cream to the gravy and mix everything well. The cream will give a richness to the gravy. If you want to skip it you can use a little bit of milk instead.

7. Sprinkle some crushed Dry Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi) and cook everything for 3-4 minutes. 

8. Paneer Butter Masala is ready. You can garnish it with chopped coriander leaves or a drizzle of cream. Serve it hot with any Indian Bread like Naan, Missi Roti, Lachha Paratha or with some rice preparation like Jeera Rice.

To PIN it later

Happy Cooking & Enjoy !!


  1. I dont mind finishing that bowl of alluring paneer butter masala with some rotis, too tempting and the colour of the masala looks simply fantabulous.

  2. Looks so delicious.. this is the most popular paneer recipe loved by one and all..

  3. This looks so tempting I can lap the full bowl with either rice or tandoori rotis yummmmm.... you made me crave for some instantly..

  4. Paneer butter masala looks so inviting Jolly. I am drooling. Loved the colour and texture. Superb share 👌

  5. Loved the step by step instructions and the gravy is lovely. Silky smooth and luscious just what the butter masala should look like. I love having this with rice more than rotis. Its filling with few tblsps and so so good. Great share.

  6. Oh yes!!! The creamy,luscious, heartwarming comfort of paneer butter masala. Looks totally irresistible, Jolly!

  7. All-time favorite of all and mine too! The color looks fabulous! Love it with roti :)

  8. How silky and smooth the gravy is; and how pleasing in colour! Superb recipe.

  9. Oh I just love this and can have it any time of the meal :) Looks absolutely delicious !

  10. This gravy’s color and texture is perfect. This will be perfect with roti’s I make similar version with tofu.

  11. This irresistible paneer butter masala is my favourite, love it's colour, texture and rich tastes.

  12. It is one of the most loved paneer gravies in my house too. Delicious

  13. Evergreen classic combo...Silky, creamy and rich gravy with a lovely hue...I just need some garlic naan and I'm a happy person....Lovely share :)

  14. PBM is my favorite paneer dish and I too make exactly like you did. Beautiful pictures and delicious looking paneer butter masala.

  15. Love the creamy silky texture of the curry. Thankyou for the step by step.

  16. Paneer butter masala is one versatile our family I love paneer whereas my husband is not a big fan...the gravy looks scrumptious

  17. The gravy looks so creamy and delish! Sometimes we just eat it as such and it is everyone's favorite at home!

  18. Loved the color of the gravy.. will love to this with some naan or tandoori roti!!

  19. I love adding cream with to paneer makhani whenever I make it at home. Makes the gravy so rich and different in taste too. Would love to enjoy some paneer butter masala with hot rotis.

  20. Yumm!! You have nailed it perfectly!! I have always wanted to try it restaurant style and now have the recipe too :)

  21. Yum, the gravy looks so rich and creamy. perfect with some hot hot naan. Thanks for the detailed explanation

  22. OMG - love the rich gravy of this curry - Would love to dig into this bowl right now!

  23. Nothing will beat the homemade Paneer butter masala. Looks creamy and tasty. This is one of out favourite curries.