Paneer Butter Masala ( Cottage cheese cooked in thick onion gravy & butter)

Paneer Butter Masala also known as Paneer Makhani its a vegetarian dish from India which is also popular in the west. The dish combines paneer (Indian cottage cheese) in a butter sauce quite similar to butter chicken.

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  • Paneer (cottage cheese) cut into small pieces 500 grams
  • Butter 5 tablespoons
  • Oil 1 teaspoon
  • Bay leaves 2
  • Cloves 2
  • Cinnamon 2 one-inch
  • Dried red chillies broken 2
  • Coriander seeds crushed 2 tablespoons (optional)
  • Onion sliced 1 medium
  • Ginger paste 2 teaspoons
  • Garlic paste 2 teaspoons
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
  • Tomatoes chopped 5-6 medium
  • Salt to taste
  • Kasoori methi crushed 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fresh cream 2 tablespoons (optional)


  1. Heat three tablespoons butter with one teaspoon oil in a kadai.(Pan)
  2. Add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies and half of the crushed coriander seeds. Sauté for half a minute.
  3. Add onion and stir-fry for thirty seconds and add ginger paste and garlic paste. Cook for another thirty seconds.
  4. Add coriander powder, red chilli powder and tomatoes.
  5. Cook on high heat till oil leaves the masala. Purée the mixture.
  6. Heat the remaining butter in a pan, cook the puréed mixture for 3  minutes.
  7. Add paneer pieces and salt. Add half a cup of water. Cook covered on low heat for five minutes.
  8. Sprinkle kasoori methi and mix in lightly. Remove from heat and mix in cream. Serve hot.
  9. Tip : I added little sugar for sweetish taste ,you can add too 🙂



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