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Paneer Butter Masala Recipe - How to make paneer butter masala (Restaurant style)




Paneer Butter Masala - Hearing the name itself makes me crave for it as its my staple order in restaurants.Is
there anyone who doesnt like PB masala? I can definitely hear a NO......I've tried 2-3 different versions but was
not fully satisfied with any as I cudnt get the exact restaurant taste.

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Paneer Butter Masala Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Paneer - 1 packet (200 gms)

Butter - 1.5 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 chopped finely

Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp

Tomato puree - from 2 medium sized tomatoes (comes to 1 cup)
Cashewnuts - 5
Milk - 1/2 cup
Cream - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste

For mixing:
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp

Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp

Dried Kastoori methi leaves (crushed) - 1/4 tsp
Tomato sauce - 1 heaped tsp
Milk - 1 cup

1. Soak cashews in milk for 10mins and grind it to paste, set aside.Though this is optional it gives a richness
and nice flavour to the gravy.

2. Chop paneer into cubes. Take puree from 2 tomatoes and keep aside. Chop onions finely and make it ready.
Now in a mixing bowl add chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, dried kasoori methi leaves,
tomato sauce then add milk.

3. Mix the milk spices mixture well and keep aside.In a nonstick pan add a tsp of oil, fry the paneer cubes till
slightly golden brown and drain in a tissue paper and keep aside.

4. Now add butter in the same pan , allow it to melt then add ginger garlic paste saute for 2mins then add
onions and fry till golden browned.Then add tomato puree and fry until raw smell completely leaves, this will
take atleast 5mins.

5. Now add the mixed milk-spices mixture,cashew paste,1/2 cup water and then simmer for 5-7 minutes.The
gravy would be thick and mixed well at this stage.Add remaining 1/2 cup milk little by little stirring
continuously to prevent milk from curdling. Add required salt.

6. Simmer again for 3mins to see like the below consistency.Then add the fried paneer cubes and mix well.
Allow the paneer to sit for 2mins then switch off. Garnish with cream and Serve hot with rotis or naan.

I am sure you'll also be surprised like me once u taste it, it tastes a in restaurants. Garnishing/adding cream
enhances the flavour of the gravy and gives a rich creamy taste. This is another long time to desire to get the
exact taste for PB masala and now am very much satisfied with this recipe and easiness. Sure to be my keeper!

My Notes:
To avoid milk from curdling - You can first heat and boil milk then add it - Dont add
refrigerated milk directly.Simmer the heat once milk is added and keep stirring
continuously.Also add the milk little by little stirring continuosly.
You can substitute 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 cup of cream and skip the garnishing.
Frying paneer is optional you can add it raw too as in the orginal recipe, but I always fry as
we like it that way.
The gravy cooked in milk gives it a slight sweet taste even without adding sugar as in
Tomato puree can also be added in the mixing part itself as in the orginal recipe but I find
sauteing this way even more flavourful. I used fresh tomato puree, you can use store
bought ones too.

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SouthIndianHome April 20, 2011 at 8:09 AM
Paneer butter masala looks delicious
South Indian Home

Reshmi Mahesh April 20, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Tempting thick and creamy recipe...

Ramya April 20, 2011 at 8:43 AM

The gravy looks soo creamy!! Delicious..just like the one we get in restaurants:-)

Prathibha April 20, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Looks of my favorite gravies!!

aipi April 20, 2011 at 8:56 AM

I am always up for PBM- looks mouthwateringly delicious!
US Masala

GeethuSathiyaN April 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

gr8 work!!

Divya Kudua April 20, 2011 at 9:20 AM

I looooooove it..looks so so good Sharmi,definitely bookmarked.The step by step pics make it even more tempting!

jeyashrisuresh April 20, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Well explained recipe.We planned for a potluck tomorrow and i was supposed to make PBM. For a change will try this
yumy one.soundsinteresting

Raji April 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Paneer butter masala is looking so delightful.One of my fav restaurant well explained step by step
pictures.Bookmarking this.

Priya April 20, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Give me that whole bowl,i can finish it in no time,simply irresistible..

Paaka Shaale April 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM

ohhhh the paneer butter masala looks fabulous!!! Simply mouth watering :)

kaveri April 20, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Our family favorite..Have bookmarked it...Delightful shots...

Nithya April 20, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Perfectly made paneer butter masala.. Looks damn creamy and delicious :) wish to grab some with chapathi right away

Tina April 20, 2011 at 5:13 PM

yummy yummy paneer...beautiful clicks too dear.

Nitha April 20, 2011 at 5:16 PM

looks delicious...Even I like it... But think about the calories.. I never bother to prepare it :D

sanjeeta kk April 20, 2011 at 5:26 PM

The curry look so creamy and scrumptious!
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sangee vijay April 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Paneer butter masala luks so creamy n delicious...damn Gud...lovely pictures ...clean recipe,bookmarking this!!!!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal April 20, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Absolutely mouth watering, drooling all over it :)

Suja Sugathan April 20, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Creamy and rich..absolutely tempting butter masala

Rachu April 20, 2011 at 10:27 PM

agree!!!! its does look resto style.. and creamy..

Vimitha Anand April 20, 2011 at 11:11 PM

My all time favorite... Looks delish


Yummy Team April 21, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Lovely clicks! Perfect looking PBM..

Swathi April 21, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Paneer butter masala looks awesome delicious.

Shabitha Karthikeyan April 21, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Nicey..My all time fav. Looks perfect !!

Swarnavalli Suresh April 21, 2011 at 1:31 AM

yummy dish... its my all time favourite

Gulmohar April 21, 2011 at 1:41 AM

I think the most popular paneer dish ever :-) Looks beautiful

An Open Book April 21, 2011 at 2:51 AM of my absolute favs

JishasKitchen April 21, 2011 at 3:20 AM

wow...this looks so perfect and tempting..awesome clicks too..:)

Laavanya April 21, 2011 at 5:44 AM

My recipe is similar except I use tomato paste and evaporated milk - simple & tasty. Loved the pics.

miri goes phishing! April 21, 2011 at 9:29 PM

hi have such an awesome blog it...paneer butter masala is a fav dish at home too...:)

Aisha Jameel April 21, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Hey Dear ! what a lovely blog you have here :) The paneer masala looks so tempting ...
thank you so much for stopping by my blog ... I would really appreciate if you follow it as well :)

Now Serving April 21, 2011 at 11:25 PM

we have almost exact recipes for this ... Of course I avoid the cream and use some cashews for the texture and
creaminess instead ... Looks tantalizingly delicious :)

swapna April 22, 2011 at 2:40 AM

Creamy and delicious...

Sensible Vegetarian April 22, 2011 at 4:42 AM

Paneer Butter Masala looks simply awesome, very beautiful clicks.

Mehjabeen Arif April 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM

yummy looking curry.. so inviting .. perfect with naan.
new to ur space n happy to follow u for more wonderful creations..

do visit me when u get time ..

saffronstreaks April 22, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Its everywhere paneer butter masala, even i Had posted it 2 days back. do have a look. every body's fave I guess.
yours is simply amazing, with perfect texture,
pls do check the event on my site: summer coolers

Sarah Naveen April 22, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Adorable clicks..looks awesome Sharmilee!!!

Cham April 23, 2011 at 2:22 AM

Delicious looking paneer dish!

Sukanya Ramkumar April 23, 2011 at 4:42 AM

Yummy and creamy one.... Nice recipe... Gud pictures...YUM!

Angie's Recipes April 24, 2011 at 11:18 PM

The gravy looks so delicious!

Cooking Gallery April 25, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Great tutorial and the end result looks fabulous!

Muraligeetham May 2, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Rich and creamy! my sons fav and looks so delicious!!!

lekha June 2, 2011 at 2:01 AM

excellent......yummy....and my first paneer which has been successful.....made me and my hubby happy.....

Sharmilee! :) June 2, 2011 at 7:23 AM

@Lekha : You made my day...Glad that u liked it :)

appu July 19, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Tried it,came out well,thanks!

Torviewtoronto August 1, 2011 at 10:28 PM

delicious looking paneer masala looks fabulous wonderfully done Sharmilee

Nisa Homey August 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Saw this on FG...simple but authentic one...ur version sounds very simple....nice clicks too.

purabi naha August 2, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Sharmi, first time here and loved this recipe and the photograph!! Loved reading the post and going through the recipe.

Sharmilee! :) August 2, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Thank u Purabi!


kotiswarri Dinakaran August 9, 2011 at 11:23 PM

I have been seeing ur receipe recently. I found interesting to try paneer butter masala receipe. It was so tasty and
yummy. From elder to kids all liked it. And i also tried the same receipe with carrot and grean peas.It was tooo yummy.
I was praised by my guests. Thank u. All the best. Keep going.

Sharmilee! :) August 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM

@kotiswarri: Thats great to know that you all liked it...carrot adn green peas is a nice combination too :)

Eva August 29, 2011 at 1:25 AM

I found your site this past month and made a few dishes and loved all of them. :) This dish by far is my favorite! I made
my own paneer this time and was pretty excited. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful recipes.

Sharmilee! :) August 29, 2011 at 12:55 PM

@Eva : Thats great to hear, glad that u like the recipes and good to hear ur feedbacks :)

Neethu October 27, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Hi Sharmili
I used to visit websites for knowing the recipies.. Some have pictures some do not. But your website has each and
every picture to show the step by step procedure which is really wonderful. This is what i needed and i found it in your
website. Please keep up the good work. Do post many recipies so that i can see a detailed pictured which helps me in

Sharmilee! :) October 27, 2011 at 2:49 PM

@Neethu : Thanks a lot for ur kind words, sure do visit often :)

Anonymous January 5, 2012 at 4:36 PM

mrs subramani says,
wonderful recipe!!!!we can make whenever we want.
thanks a lot.

Anonymous January 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Would like to know how much grams paneer was used to prepare the dish?

Anonymous January 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

It tastes great

Anonymous January 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

it is very tasty....

Anonymous January 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

yummy!!!!! would like to taste as soon as possible......vil make @ my place 2morow....:)

Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 3:14 AM

yesterday i made the oats idli...and today i tried this paneer butter masala. both turned out fantastic. your recipes are
so quick and easy but at the same time so tasty. i can't blv how easy it was to prepare this took me only 30

mins to cook it...


Ash January 18, 2012 at 3:49 AM

made this dish and it turned out to delicious.thanks so much. you site is brilliant with step by step instructions.

Poornima January 25, 2012 at 1:10 AM

i always wanted to make paneer butter masala but never got the rig husband got me this receipe and we
tried was was much tastier than what u get from restaurants..u have a done a great job..thanks
for the depicting the was lot more than just helpful..thanks a lot...keep posting such great receipes..

Uma February 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Thanks! Actually today morning i am making that.
So that i have came very nice and tasty too.

Anonymous March 17, 2012 at 9:23 PM

oooooooo delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sujatha March 27, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Morning i made this dish and came out excellent. Thanks a ton for the great and detailed recipe. :):)

anu April 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM

it looks great and delicious.i wil syrely try it in my home

anu April 4, 2012 at 4:06 PM

it looks delicious and surely i wil try at my home

sona April 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM

superrrrrrr dish...thank u chef..thanks a lot.

ritika April 4, 2012 at 9:14 PM

tried it today, the dish turned out pretty tasty.. thnx for the step by step tutorial!! :) could u suggest an accompanying
gravy/ non gravy dish to serve along with it? the usual yellow dal that we make everyday at home wasnt tasting as

Sharmilee! :) April 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM

@Ritika : Thats great to hear!! :) This is already a gravy why do you need a gravy to accompany it...Or have I
misunderstood?! Do clarify so that I can suggest accordingly.

Anonymous April 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Tried it first time , new cook and first north Indian dish came out excellent
Thank you

Ritika April 7, 2012 at 5:03 PM

lol.. i just meant another dish, with or without gravy.. just to have variety on the table.. :) by the way, i'm gonna try ur
dum aloo recipe today..and planning to put cream instead of curd (had bought a lot of fresh cream for the paneer
recipe.. hehe ) lets hope it does not turn out to be a disaster!

sushmitha May 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM

i tried it !!:) awesome recipe loved it thnx loads :)


nisha May 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM

tried it.Came out real nice.Thanks

Shruti Kansal May 22, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I don't know why, my milk curdled when I mixed the milk spices and water almost immediately !

Sharmilee! :) May 22, 2012 at 9:44 PM

@Shruti : It usually curdles when flame is high...Just simmer and add milk.

Shruti Kansal May 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I thought maybe it was because of the tomato puree.. I will surely try it out again in low flame throughout. My parents
loved the flavour though ! I will let u know how it goes. Thanks a lot ! :)

niren kumar May 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Saturday we made this yummy paneer butter masala.
It was so good in taste and we all liked & enjoyed much.We felt the exact taste of restaurant ones where we go
here.Hereafter no need of going to restaurants,we can make it at home whenever we feel like.We will make it often for
sure.Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

inder June 25, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Tried this recipe for Hubby's birthday party and was an instant hit among the guests!! Tasted just like it does at the
restaurant!! Thanks a ton for sharing :)

Shazia June 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM

i made it twice....and both the times it turned out to be finger licking good :) Thank you sooooooooo much Sharmi!

Shazia June 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM

I made it twice...and i should turned out to be finger licking good....Thank you sooooo much Sharmi!

Raj Kumar July 15, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I tried this and turned up gr8.. thanks

abhi shek August 20, 2012 at 9:51 PM

just gone through the receipe just now . my son likes it very much . will make it aand surprise him . thanx a lot

Unknown August 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

My husband is a paneer lover and i prepared this PBM yesterday. It came out very well and he was surprised at the
taste just like the hotel made one, thank you so much for the recipee Sharmi!

Vedpushpvibhuti Singhrana August 31, 2012 at 10:51 AM

so nice test

indira mukhopadhyay September 12, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Thanks Sharmi for you wonderful recipe. I'm definitely going to try this seems good to me.

indira mukhopadhyay September 12, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Thanks Sharmi, I was trying hard but never made it like this, now I'll try your way and see the result.

Sanket Patil September 28, 2012 at 6:42 PM

i stay alone in room and i was confused how to cook food for myself but after following this recipe it was really
awesome experince to me really i liked it very much and thanks for uploading such a recipe its really worth for boys like

hema October 11, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Dried Kastoori methi leaves (crushed). i dont ve this item. may i skip this item or not. suggest any other alternative for
this ingredient. m gng to prepare it for dinner.

Sharmilee! :) October 11, 2012 at 5:44 PM

@Hema: Yes but the flavour will can use coriander leaves instead

preeti Reddy October 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Paneer Butter Masala looks nice n tastes good too. I thought this may be too make at. but i was wrong. thank u 4

Sharma November 5, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Ur recipe reli helped. Loved the delicious pmb i made using this post. Thanks a ton!!

anu November 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

superb ..yummy...

sucheta dalvi November 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

its something first experiment was successful and memorable

kalyani November 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

sharmi ,
thanq for the wonderful recepie..tried out this for dinner...the taste was just awesome...but i got confused with adding
cashewnut paste as it is mentioned twice in d steps....also can u tel me how many liters of milk have u used...just
wanted to make sure that whether i did right..sorry to bug u with these many doubts..

Sharmilee! :) November 20, 2012 at 9:55 PM

@Kalyani : Milk is 125 ml as its 1/2 cup...cashew paste should be added along with milk spices mixture.Hope this
clarifies now.

sucheta dalvi November 21, 2012 at 10:16 PM

one suggestion, instead of using cream, if you garnish with butter only, it tastes more awsome.

Vishnu Vs November 26, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Really grt, yummy

rashmi November 29, 2012 at 2:21 PM

It's really yummy and so easy to cook

rashmi November 29, 2012 at 2:22 PM

It's really easy to cook

ASHISH KUMAR December 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

In one word awesome...

Sarita Kulkarni December 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

My fav one dish i tried this in my kitchen & jas come out very well. Thankk u sharmilee:-)

Sarita Kulkarni December 3, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Excellent taste.tried it has come out very well

madhu chougaonkar December 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

awesome. thanks a

Ganeshkumar December 14, 2012 at 9:39 PM

thanks for posting :-) could u tel me how to make tomoto puree at home...also the amount of milk used for the whole

Sharmilee! :) December 15, 2012 at 9:16 PM

@Ganeshkumar : The traditional way of making tomato puree is : Boil water, add the tomatoes and cook till soft, peel
of the skin and grind it to a puree. But attimes, I use shortcut of just grinding the raw tomatoes to a puree :)

Nupur Deshpande January 26, 2013 at 5:55 AM

Hi Sharmi,
I really loved your instructions as well as the pictures. However, the milk curdled despite me heating it first. I wonder
why...However, it tasted great! Look forward to more recipes from you.
Sharmilee! :) January 26, 2013 at 8:48 AM
Milk should be added little by little stirring continuously, also it should be simmered. Please check the
mynotes section for more tips.

Bhargavi February 7, 2013 at 10:50 PM

How 2 prep tomato puree @ home
Sharmilee! :) February 8, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Blanch the tomatoes, peel off the skin and then puree it. Will be coming up with a seperate post soon :)

Sadhana March 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Hi, pls tell me what needs to be done if the gravy becomes thick after sometime, say half an hour or so
Sharmilee! :) March 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM
Just add milk and heat it up just before serving...

Sadhana March 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I also wanna know does this happen usually, I mean the gravy becoming thicker after sometime or depends on the


Ankita April 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Hey I tried this one yesterday and it was awesome ... everyone loved it ... my husband who is HUGE fan of paneer
butter masala and orders almost everytime we dine out confirmed that this one tastes better :) thank u thank u sooo
much . please add more paneer recipes .

janu April 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM

hello sharmi..
i tried it today, and it tastes very close to the one prepared in restaurant..
thanku so much..
not just this recipe, i've tried ur other recipes as well..and vrything turned out to be good..
nice work.. :)

abhilasha choudhary May 5, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Hello Sharmi...tried this recepie last nite...turned out really great...thanks

Neema Sumedhan June 22, 2013 at 4:18 PM

hellooo..Sharmii...:) :) jus tried this lovely reciepe..!!! tasts!! paneer butter is ma all
time fav dish..:)
Thanks a lott...:) :) :)

krithik harshith July 26, 2013 at 8:14 PM

super it was very delicious

Ranjani Sundar September 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM

I tried this recipe , it came out very well. Thanks a lot :)

methemom October 5, 2013 at 8:07 AM

My very first attempt on this was a big success.. thanks ya :-)

tarana November 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM

very tasty out thing at home it can be made

soni November 13, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Hi sharmi,m a regular visitor to your blog.I try most of your receipes nd they have turned out awesome. I tried ur PBM it
did turn out well,but little confusion regarding the amount of milk used.

Anu Rao January 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I tried this yesterday and it was truly "restaurant style"...I see by the number of comments that I'm not the only one
wowed by your recipe...a ton of thanks!! Will keep coming back for more..

Smrithi Gopalakrishnan January 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM

last sunday i tried this and it was excellent taste.thank u very much

Ramya Jeyaraman February 1, 2014 at 7:05 AM

made this yesterday...was yum and hubby liked it lots. Thanks sharmi! :)

Kaushalya Bashyam February 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Hey sharmi!!! I made this today wid lachha parantha!!! Wow it was supeerb... my hubby is a huge fan of pnb n just it
loved it.... it truly tasted lyk the one we get it@ a restaurant.... another fan of your blog!!! Few changes that I made
were, grinded cashew and milk with blanched tomatoes (as quantity of cashew was less wasnt getting a soft paste).. n
added ginger gatlic n green chilli (just a small piece) paste as my hubby likes little spicy!!! Youuuuhoooooo

Kalai Vani April 1, 2014 at 1:11 AM

I was tried this today n comes out superb. U explained very clearly.. Tastes very excellent.

pradap April 2, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Tried today.. superb dish :) :) thank you

Unknown April 8, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Hi, what tomato sauce have you used? Do you mean ketchup? Please let me know soon!

April 8, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Yes it is tomato ketchup, I use Maggi / Kissan


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