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Paneer Butter Masala Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)

Punjabi paneer butter masala is one of the most popular paneer recipes in Indian cuisine. The near perfect combination of spiciness and creaminess of its gravy makes it simply irresistible and versatile to be served with any Indian bread. Whether you serve it with tandoori roti, naan and paneer kulcha or with steamed rice, it’s going to satisfy your palate like never before. Follow our step by step photo recipe to make this best vegetarian dish for lunch.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3 servings
Ingredients:
250 gms Paneer (or Tofu), cut into 1-inch cubes
2 medium Onions, finely chopped
1½ teaspoons chopped Ginger
3-4 Garlic Cloves
3 medium Tomatoes
6-8 Cashew Nuts, soaked in water for 15 minutes
1 small piece of Bay Leaf
2 Green Chillies, slit lengthwise
1/2 cup Full Fat Milk
2 teaspoons Kasuri Methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
1 tablespoon Coriander Powder
1 teaspoon or to taste Red Chili Powder
2 tablespoons Fresh Cream (or homemade malai)
2 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons Oil
Salt to taste
Directions:
  1. If you are using frozen paneer cubes, then defrost them.
  2. Grind onion, ginger and garlic in a grinder and make onion paste. Grind soaked cashew nuts with 2 tablespoons water to make cashew nut paste. Blanch the tomatoes and blend them to prepare tomato puree.

232 Comments


Jan 17, 2019 by Rathika
Can I leave out fenugreek leaves?

Response: Yes, you can skip adding them.


Jan 11, 2019 by Shweta
Can we add ghee instead of butter? Incase butter is not available. Also should we grind the onion raw?

Response: Hello Shweta, if butter is not available, just skip it and increase the amount of oil. Yes, grind raw onions with ginger and garlic.

Nov 04, 2018 by Shishir kumar
First proper experience with cooking..
Turned out unbelievably nice( even I got surprised).
Easy and perfect recepie.
Thanks
Oct 23, 2018 by Nilanjana chatterjee
Its very helpful guide..
Sep 19, 2018 by PN Apshankar
I have prepared and got appreciations from guests. Thank u very much.
Sep 10, 2018 by Samrat
This recipe is too good and delicious.
Aug 05, 2018 by Boori Jeganathan Chellappa
We tried it very wonderful,
Now a days we feel our home made batter than restaurant taste.
Jun 30, 2018 by SANIA KURIAKOSE
I tried this recipe today. It turned out to be really delicious.
Everyone just loved it!

Thanks a lot! Looking forward for more!
Jun 30, 2018 by Jill
My family and I absolutely loved it, delicious!
May 23, 2018 by Anu
Surprised my mom...It was really tasty and delicious.
May 18, 2018 by Dikshaa
I tried your recipe and it was awesome.
Thank you.:-))
May 05, 2018 by Esther
The best paneer butter masala I've tried and tested.
Apr 30, 2018 by shruti
Very nice recipe. I loved it.
Mar 21, 2018 by ben
Tried this recipe but the gravy turned out to be sour with onion taste though i cooked the onions properly.

Response: Hi Ben, we are sorry to hear about gravy turning sour. This may happen if tomatoes being used has sour taste. We recommend to use tamatoes that are not sour.

Feb 26, 2018 by Ruby
Nice recipe.....but is it necessary to add chasew nuts in it?

Response: Cashew nut makes gravy creamy. You can use watermelon seeds as a replacement for cashew nut.

Feb 18, 2018 by Nagis shakil
Wonderful recipe.
Jan 20, 2018 by aparna
I tried this recipe.... It cames out well.... It looks delicious n yummy.... Thank u for this recipe....
Jan 19, 2018 by Sulatha Shenoy
Tried this recipe, delicious as it looks. Thank you!
Jan 11, 2018 by Dee
Amazing! First try went well and it’s so rich in flavour!
Jan 05, 2018 by Deepika Chan
Very attractive way of representation. I will definitely keep in touch with you.
Jan 02, 2018 by Gayathri.A
Fabulous recipes.thank u .
Dec 10, 2017 by Nanda
Can't wait for my guests to try this. Good job guys.
Nov 23, 2017 by Sneha
I tried this recipe today.. It was very yummy. Quick and easy to make... Thanks for thr delicious recipe..
Nov 03, 2017 by Camila g
Such a good recipe! It was my first time making a curry and it turned out delicious! Search no further, this is the good one.
Oct 22, 2017 by Reshmi
Wonderful and delicious recipes...I tried am happy...

Oct 18, 2017 by Kelly
I am planning to use canned tomato purée. How many cups or what would the measurement be for equivalent to 3 tomatoes? Thank you!

Response: Hello Kelly, use 1 cup tomato puree for 3 tomatoes.


Oct 18, 2017 by Rajesh Kumar Misra
Your recipes are quite interesting and practical. Please give some more South Indian recipes.
Oct 03, 2017 by Jemima Joy
The receipt was awesome. Usually the recipe from online won't come that good. But urs is fabulous!! Fist time I cooked and it came very well. Thanks to u (who ever u r) ur really the best!! Give me easy recipe to cook like this. HATS OFF!!
Sep 24, 2017 by Mary SF
Thank you. I bought some paneer hoping to create a dish the family could enjoy. This was easy and tastes wonderful. I can't express my gratitude for posting this recipe.
Sep 05, 2017 by Bharti Verma
Superb recipe.This was a delicious recipe.
Aug 27, 2017 by Kaveri Priya
Hi,
It was really a relishing dish. My kids enjoyed the gravy like anything. I would love to try other dishes as well.
Aug 08, 2017 by Tara
Very simple n step to step procedure. Thanks a lot.
Tara
Jul 29, 2017 by NALINI
I tried at home. It's simply superb, really it's a tasty recipe.
Jul 29, 2017 by Hema
Hi mam, I tried ur recipe and it came out very well, everyone liked in my family, but I didn't add 1/2 cup milk instead I used water, bcoz I have doubt that if i add milk in between milk will curdled right, it will curdled or not?

Response: Hello Hema, follow the exact instructions and use full fat milk to prevent it from curdling.

Jul 26, 2017 by Suraj Kumar
It's really fantastic recepie yaar. When I cooked, everyone asked from which restaurant have I ordered it.. no one could recognize that its homemade.
Thanks.
Jul 25, 2017 by Amaan
Thank you for a delicious meal.
Jul 16, 2017 by Sathya
Mild flavor and very tasty. Awesome.
Jul 12, 2017 by Rupinder Pal Singh
Thanks for the nice and easy recipe, my family loved it.
Jul 09, 2017 by Thamarai
Its very nice recipe. I will try this recipe by today.
Jun 20, 2017 by Karen
Heya It's a nice recipe. Thank you.
I add few of mine ingredients and exclude kasuri methi from it .
Jun 17, 2017 by Asha
Hi, thanks for this tasty recipe. Everyone liked in our family. It was awesome.
Jun 16, 2017 by Anjali
Awsome recipe. Can you please tell me the quantity if I have to make for 10 people?

Response: Hello Anjali, multiply all ingredients by 3 times to make this for 10 people.

Jun 13, 2017 by Shivaji tidke
I like this recipe.
It's so yummy and good test.
My son like paneer recipe so much.
Thanks.
Jun 10, 2017 by Yumana Zaidi
Hey Thanks for sharing these receipies.
I have tried some of these.
It's really delicious.
Taste is different from regular recripeis.
Keep it up.
May 27, 2017 by bhvi singhal
I read it just now.. And I m going to try it.. Well by reading recipe it's seeming delicious.. Hope my expectations become true..
May 17, 2017 by Ren
I tried this receipe and it tasted awful.. It had raw onion taste. I realized if u just make onion paste without sauteeing or leaving the onion in water for 10 mins before making a paste, it can taste bitter and leave the raw taste.. Had to throw the curry..

Response: Hello Ren, sorry to hear that. You can make the onion paste in 3 different ways - using raw onion, using sauteed onion, using boiled (cooked) onion. In this recipe, the onion paste is made using raw onion and hence it is required to cook it until raw smell goes away. This takes a little bit more time as we have used the raw onion (not cooked).

May 07, 2017 by Bhargavi
Really nice information. Thanks...
Apr 17, 2017 by Anjali Girdhar
I just love your recipe. Everyone in family was quite bored bored of the regular paneer gravy recipe and bhurji. This change was very much accepted? and enjoyed?by everyone, especially my son who loves paneer. Thank you so much.
Apr 01, 2017 by Archita
Hi, thanks for sharing this recipe. I have tried it and it's awesome.
I would want to know the proportions of the recipe if I have to make this for 5 people.

Response: Hello Archita, this recipe serves 3 people, so you can double all the recipe ingredients to make it for 5-6 people.

Mar 14, 2017 by Naseer
I loved this recipe but as shown in the description it tastes good with steamed rice l I want to know a good steamed rice recipe
Feb 25, 2017 by Ashley Ricks
I am excited to try this recipe. I want to marinate chicken, cook it and add it in place of Paneer. May I ask what spices and measurements you would use to make a marinade for chicken for this recipe?

Thank you for answering so many questions...

Response: Hello Ashley, I am not able to give you the answer as I have never made this with chicken. However, you can try by using the same marinade given in the recipe for the chicken.

Feb 12, 2017 by Monika
I tried this recipe, it is very delicious! Thank you so much.

If I would like to add some capsicum, when shall I add it in the process?

Response: Hello Monika, add the stir-fried capsicum with paneer in step-9.

Jan 29, 2017 by Manju Thomas
I tried this recipe and it turned out to be superb
Dec 20, 2016 by Shobana
Can we use thick coconut milk instead using fat milk and fresh cream?

Response: No Shobana, you cannot use thick coconut milk in this curry as it will change the taste of the curry. However, if you like the taste of the coconut in curry then you can try it. If you don't want to add milk or fresh cream, just skip them.


Dec 03, 2016 by Ruby
This recipe made my evening. I surprised my hubby n tried out with some garma garam kulcha. It's really worked out for the beautiful candle light dinner.
I appreciate the method of teaching on foodviva web.
Thanks.

Response: Welcome Ruby.

Nov 27, 2016 by nikhil raj
This one is really easy way to prepare paneer and got really good taste.
Nov 22, 2016 by Rita
Very bad recipe, milk curdled the entire gravy though I cooked on a low heat.

Response: Hello Rita, sorry to hear that this recipe didn't work for you. The milk curdles if the tomato puree is not cooked enough. Puree need to be cooked until oil starts to separate to prevent the curdling.

Nov 19, 2016 by Saurabh
I am a bachelor student who loves to cook. I cooked this recipe for 10 guys and they all went mad behind the taste. It was so yummy, I can still feel the flavours.
Nov 06, 2016 by Ritesh Sonavane
I prepared your recipe of paneer butter masala, it really looks very tempting and rich in taste.
Nov 05, 2016 by Mithra
Omg!! It is really so yummmyyyy...and tasty
I love it!!!
Nov 03, 2016 by subhagopal
Nice way of explanations. Today I am going to try this for dinner. Thanks dear.
Oct 25, 2016 by Pawan Kumar
Thanks for sharing such delicious recepie.
Oct 19, 2016 by Meher Waghoo
Mouth watering paneer butter masala.
My daughter loved this dish.
Oct 01, 2016 by Vasanth
Hi. First of all, a wonderful wonderful recipe. Thank you for this!

I am very new to cooking and have a basic doubt. If I want to make this for 5-6 people, which ingredients should I add more?

Response: Hello Vasanth, you need to double all the ingredients to make this recipe for 5-6 people.

Sep 21, 2016 by Rojalee Panda
Omg....it's so good. Really enjoyed cooking and eating. Your tasty recipe in a simple way and it's make so easy....Thank you. Can u give me some non veg recipe? I can't found any non veg recipe on this site....so plz can u help me?

Response: Hello Rojalee, I am not able to help you as we don't have any non-veg recipe on this site.

Sep 16, 2016 by Uma
Very simple and tasty recipe. Thank you.
Aug 03, 2016 by Ravi
It's really tasty detailed recipe. One can just follow and get exact dish. I never saw such a perfect cooking explanation which gave perfect dish. Though I'm not used to cooking North dishes. It was first time onion and tomato based ND. I nailed it right. Thanks FoodViva. I've saved puree and onion paste. Will try another Paneer dish today :)

Response: Thank you Ravi for trying the recipe and posting the feedback.

Jul 30, 2016 by Syed Mohsin
It's very helpful. I have made my best ever dish for my girlfriend...she loved it....
Thanks and regards.
Jul 15, 2016 by Love Diwan
The recipe is great and simple.
I cooked it and it turned out the best dish I ever prepared, even my wife love it even though she is fond of cheese. But it was awesome.
Thanks and Regards
Jul 10, 2016 by Dhivya Anand
What butter should we use? Salted or Unsalted?

Response: You can use any type of butter according to the availability.

Jul 04, 2016 by Pooja
Hi, thank you for sharing this... I made this for the first time and it tasted very yummy. It was too delicious and mouth watering.. Everyone at home just loved it....

cheers.
Jul 03, 2016 by Shashank
The recipie is extraordinary. Never had such taste in any of the hydrababi restaurants. Thanks for this recipie.
Jun 12, 2016 by Manju Nair
Very accurate step by step instructions with appropriate photos. The dish came out perfectly well. Thanks for the detailing.

May 22, 2016 by Suma
Very delicious..liked the step by step preparation.
May 13, 2016 by chandini
Very nice recipe. It came out very well. Got praising also. Can I add capsicum for it next time?

Response: Yes, you can add shallow fried (or stir fried) capsicum along with paneer.

May 10, 2016 by Ammu
Thank you very much for the wonderful recipe . I tried it and it came out very tasty. Thank you once again.
May 07, 2016 by Meena
I tried this today.. Came out very well.. Awesome taste.. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.
Apr 14, 2016 by Rohit kumar
Awesome recipe. Can we store in refrigerator for some days? If we want to store are they any new steps to follow?

Response: Yes, you can store it in refrigerator for 2-3 days. Follow the same process to store it in the refrigerator.

Apr 13, 2016 by Pooja
Turn out excellent.
Thanks for wonderful recipe.
Mar 21, 2016 by Nilanjana Majumder
Tell me which substitute can we use to replace kasuri methi in paneer butter masala?

Response: You cannot use anything else instead of kasuri methi in this recipe. If it is not available, just skip it.


Mar 17, 2016 by Kapil Raut
Truly awesome recipe. Thanks, my first try in kitchen was really nice.
Mar 12, 2016 by Jeffy
Made this today and everybody just loved it..thanks a lot for the recipe..amazing ..

Response: Glad to hear you liked it.


Mar 12, 2016 by Jeffy
What can substitute half cup full fat milk? Because I don't get it here..can we use ordinary packet milk? If yes what quantity? Does it make any difference in taste?

Response: Hi Jeffy, sorry for the late reply. You can use normal milk instead of full fat milk in this recipe.


Feb 02, 2016 by Adarsh
I absolutely loved this recipe! The flavours combined really well and every member of my family took a second helping haha! I used gowardhan butter for the recipe and found that it added that yummy extra buttery flavour to the dish without being overpowering.
Jan 30, 2016 by Yamini
Truely awesome recipe!!!!! My family loved it. I am surely going to try other recipes from your collection. Thanks a ton for sharing.

Jan 30, 2016 by Piya
Hi,
With the same recipe, can I use boneless chicken instead of paneer and make butter chicken masala? How would you do it differently? Please let me know :) I have tried this recipe for paneer and turned out well each time!

Response: Hi Piya, you can use the same gravy to make butter chicken masala. Add marinated and cooked chicken instead of paneer in this recipe.


Dec 23, 2015 by Shagun
Hi can I use canned tomatoe puree instead of making it myself as well as can I skip the cashews.

Response: You can use the canned tomato puree in this recipe. Cashew nuts make the curry creamy, you can use same amount of almonds (or poppy seeds and magajtari seeds).


Dec 15, 2015 by Harsh
i tired this recipe today and it came out really good. I would also like to further add that your panner butter masala recipe is far superior than the one mentioned over at vegrecipesofindia .. :_))
Nov 29, 2015 by Laxmidevi lalith
Super my kids loved it, ungli chat te rahe gaye. Thanks for sharing.
Nov 28, 2015 by Gujayila
Hi i tried this recipe it was really awesome, thank you for the recipe.
Nov 27, 2015 by Katarina
I used fenugreek seeds instead of leaves and had to skip all the chillies because my friend is allergic to chillies. It turned out to be one of the best things I have ever made and so similar to the best paneer butter masala that I had in Delhi once.I used only cream and homemade paneer. It is so easy to make that it makes no sense to use tofu instead. Just boil 2 liters of fullfat milk stir in a small amount of no flavor highly acidic vinegar let it flock out stir slowly then filter it through a towel and press for a couple of hours, the linger the firmer the paneer will be.
Nov 27, 2015 by Sithara
Can I use curd instead of milk in step 10?

Response: No, you cannot use curd instead of milk.

Oct 19, 2015 by Parveen Banu
Tried it twice. Awesome taste, also healthy. We can use badam instead of cashew and instead of fresh cream can use top of the milk also.
Oct 18, 2015 by Rupal
Very testy and delicious recipe. Thanks for delicious recipes.
Oct 09, 2015 by Preethi
Going to try this recipe for 1st time in my life, thanks for super explanation:)
Oct 09, 2015 by Rupal
Apki sabhi recipes bahut hi tasty hai humne iski aadhikter recipes try ki hai sabh very delicious thi. Thanks Hume itni testy dishes batane ke liye.Meri aapse request hai ki aap aapni sabhi recipes Hindi mai bhi diya kare or pls hume aur breakfast recipes bataiye.
Oct 09, 2015 by Justin
Excellent recipe. I made it for my Indian In-laws and they loved it. I've made it twice and used a different type of tomato the second time. I think the first time the tomatoes were better; this last time the tomatoes weren't as meaty. Is there a type of tomato you recommend?

Response: Hi Justin, thanks for trying the recipe and I'm glad your in-laws loved it. Use the tomatoes that are meaty and less sour.

Sep 29, 2015 by Amy
Yummy recipe. Thanks very much for posting :)
Sep 21, 2015 by Hiral
I prepared this recipe for my Australian colleague and it turned out amazingly yummy and finger lickingly good. I want to thank you very much for this recipe. I just twisted it by adding corns as well.
Sep 08, 2015 by Peu Roy
Hi, before adding paneer in the gravy, can I fry it?

Response: Yes, you can shall fry or deep fry the paneer cubes before adding in the gravy.

Aug 26, 2015 by KALYANI SINDE
Awesome recipe. Is it necessary to add kasuri methi?

Response: Kasuri methi has the specific aroma, it is added in most of the punjabi curries to get the flavor. However if it is not available, you can skip it.

Aug 15, 2015 by Thushaliya
Not that much tasty some thing is missing.
Aug 13, 2015 by Preeti chandra
Excellent recipe. It tastes really good!
Aug 12, 2015 by Ravi
Hi,
I made this dish & stored some excess gravy in the refrigerator.
However the next day the sauce tasted spoilt, the gravy appeared curdled,
I used Amul cream.
What is happening & how can I avoid this?
I want to use the gravy over a few days at least.
Cheers
Ravi

Response: Hi Ravi, thanks for trying the recipe. After adding tomato puree in step-6, cook until oil starts to separate. If you don't cook it properly, the gravy may be curdled.
If you want to store the gravy, don’t add fresh cream. Add the fresh cream when you re heat the gravy.

Aug 06, 2015 by Suganya
Nice recipe. Thanks for posting. Shall we add sugar for mild sweetness in this dish?

Response: Hi Suganya, this curry gets mild sweetness from milk and fresh cream. However, if you want to add sugar for extra sweetness, you can add 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

Jul 31, 2015 by Vinaya
Really a delicious reciepe. I prepared it many times. Everyone praised for this wonderful dish. Thank you for this yummy dish.
Jul 28, 2015 by Nikita sing
Can this be made without using the garlic?

Response: Yes, you can make this without adding garlic.

Jun 07, 2015 by Ananya Mitra
Is it necessary to add coriander powder?

Response: Hi Ananya, you can skip the coriander powder.


Jun 06, 2015 by Bhavani
OMG! Your recipe is awesome and thank you for sharing.
Jun 04, 2015 by Cynthia
Very nice recipe. It turned super delicious and easy to make. I received lots of praise from my guests. Love this. Thanks a ton for sharing this.
May 30, 2015 by Ashwini
What is fat milk and can we use homemade garam masala?

Response: Full fat milk is the normal milk (whole milk, normal milk without removing fat content), which we use on daily basis. You can use any type of milk with fat or without fat and homemade garam masala in this recipe.


May 29, 2015 by Sreelakshmi
Truly speaking, it’s such a tasty dish. Just because of the smell my studious sister stopped her studies. Thank you.
May 28, 2015 by Ananya Mitra
Can I use peanuts instead of cashew nuts?

Response: Hi Ananya, you cannot use peanuts in this recipe but you can use same amount of almonds or white watermelon seeds (magajtari seeds) or khuskhus(poppy seeds) instead of cashew nuts.


May 20, 2015 by Ida
Wow, such a wonderful dish. I tried cooking paneer for the first time and the taste was just WOW. Hats off. Keep posting more recipes.
May 16, 2015 by Aathira Nibin
Is it necessary to use nuts to thicken the gravy? Can I skip it?

Response: Yes, it is necessary to use nuts to thicken the gravy. You can use same amount of almonds or 2 tablespoons of watermelon seeds or 2 tablespoons of khus khus(white poppy seeds) instead of cashew nuts in the recipe.


May 13, 2015 by Manisha
Great recipe. I tried for the first time by trying proper steps suggested by you. It was awesome. Everybody liked it. Thanks for adding the recipe.
Apr 28, 2015 by Veejeta
Thank you so much for the yummy receipe.
Apr 18, 2015 by Hemant
Can I use curd instead of cream?

Response: You can't add curd instead of fresh cream in this recipe. If it is not available, skip adding cream.

Apr 11, 2015 by Saba Parveen
Superb dish. Me and my family liked it to much. Keep it on, I want recipes like this more, please.
Mar 25, 2015 by Kayal
Thank you so much. It was fantastic to eat.
Mar 21, 2015 by Akshaya
It was very very tasty. That was the first time I tried it. At the very first time itself it was tasty and I didn't make any mistake. Thanks for the recipe.
Mar 06, 2015 by Basha
Wow. Awesome taste. It was so good. Thankyou for this recipe.
Mar 04, 2015 by Dr Manoj Swamy
Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. I tried it and came out delicious.
Feb 26, 2015 by Saritha
Hey...I made this curry with your recipe for my son's potluck with classmates at school. It tastes yummy! Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe!

Feb 21, 2015 by Yugendran
It's a awesome recipe. Thanks for giving us excellent recipe.
Feb 19, 2015 by Gajalakshmivijayan
Should I use boiled milk or unboiled milk?

Response: Hi, you should use boiled milk.


Feb 16, 2015 by Drashty
Delicious. We had good paneer butter masala after a long time.
Feb 15, 2015 by Runa saha
Very very tasty panner butter mosola.

Feb 13, 2015 by Deebha Karthik
I have tried your recipe. It was awesome. It tastes too good. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.....
Jan 31, 2015 by Asi
Oh nice, I want to try this recipe at my home and I trust it 'll come out good. Thank you so much.

Jan 25, 2015 by Vani
Delicious recipe. Enjoyed a lot.
Jan 21, 2015 by Surabhi Srivastava
Umm.....I love this recipe.
Jan 17, 2015 by SHWETA
All your recipes are awesome and mouth watering specially paneer dishes i always try at home.Thanks a lot and update the new recipes in paneer .
Jan 07, 2015 by Shah Sweety
Excellent.
It comes out very tasty.
Thanks 4 sharing the recipe.
Dec 23, 2014 by Anima
I tried your recipe and it was superb.
Dec 20, 2014 by Vaishnavi
Recipe came out very well. Thanks.
Dec 19, 2014 by Gowthami
What is meant by kasuri methi?

Response: Kasuri methi is the Hindi name for dried fenugreek leaves (methi leaves). It is a dried herb, which has specific aroma and it is added in most of the punjabi curry/sabjis to enhance the flavor.


Dec 03, 2014 by Shameem
It was mouth watering and palatable recipe. I tried and everybody at home liked it and lots of appreciation :-)
This link is very helpful as it has step by step instructions with pictures. Please update more of such dish recipes. Thanks.
Nov 30, 2014 by sanjana
Can you please tell what the bay leaf is? Can we use any other leaf?

Response: Hi Sanjana, bay leaf is used in cooking for its unique fragrance (similar to cinnamon). It is known as “Tejpatta” in Hindi and “Tamalpatra” in Gujarati. If bay leaf is not available, you can skip it in this recipe.


Nov 28, 2014 by Saibal Talukdar
Excellent way to learn the recipe step by step. Can you give the ingredients name in proper Hindi? Can I use boneless chicken ball instead of paneer in paneer butter masala?

Response: Hi, we will definitely translate this recipe in Hindi language very soon. You can use any shallow fried vegetables or cooked chicken instead of paneer in this gravy.

Nov 26, 2014 by Sathish
What is the fresh cream?

Response: Fresh cream is known as Malai in Hindi. After boiling the milk and chilling in the refrigerator, thick layer forms on the milk surface is called malai. If you want to use homemade cream, just beat it with a wire whisk or a spoon for a minute and before adding into the gravy. You can buy it from grocery store (I generally use Amul brand) or make it at home.


Nov 23, 2014 by RK
Excellent and delicious recipe. Thank you.
Nov 17, 2014 by Sathya suresh
Such an amazing recipe. Truly loved it. It was like wow.
Nov 05, 2014 by anand Singh
Just simply awesome recipe I ever had while searching for paneer butter masala. My search has came to an end with this site and recipes. I have a tip to make tandoori roti at home on gas stove with the use of tava.

Response: Hi Anand, you can share any tips related food and recipes in comment section.

Nov 03, 2014 by madhavi
Superb dish. Nice instructions for the recipe.
Nov 02, 2014 by jacque
This was fun to make, thank you for the recipe! Very fresh and vegetarian, it was excellent and my son loved it as well!
Nov 01, 2014 by sujata s
Very simple way to prepare such a delicious recipe.
Thanks, I will try soon.
Oct 30, 2014 by devashanthi
Awesome and of great recipe of curry for food lovers.
Oct 28, 2014 by cindhuja
Came out very well without any flaws. Thanks a ton.
Oct 28, 2014 by manju
Tried this recipe for dinner. It's yummy.
Oct 22, 2014 by madhavi
Haven't tried yet, but by just reading the recipe I could imagine how yummy it's going to taste! I read many recipes for this dish and I found this best!
Oct 22, 2014 by Shenal
Unbelievable taste. It's too good.
Oct 19, 2014 by manjusri
Superb dish. Kindly give tips for chicken butter masala.

Response: Hi Manjusri, add the marinated cooked chicken in stead of paneer cubes in this recipe to make butter chicken masala.

Oct 19, 2014 by Sabitri Das
Very delicious. I tried at home, it was very good & tasty.
Oct 12, 2014 by sangeeta
Superb..foodviva...I prepared it at home and really we got the restaurant taste..awesome..

Oct 10, 2014 by ayushi sharma
awesome recipe.. I will give all 5 stars 2 u... Thanks....
Oct 09, 2014 by shikha singh
Hey it was a very good recipe...I am a teenager..can you tell me what is this full fat milk?? Is it the ordinary milk which we use daily or something else. Please help me out as I want to make this recipe for my friends..

Response: Hi Sikha, you can either use ordinary milk or water instead of using full fat milk in this recipe. Full fat milk contains more fat compared to (normal milk) low fat milk.


Oct 07, 2014 by udit rajkonwar
Very good recipe. I tried to make this at home.
Oct 06, 2014 by Rahui
Recipe is very helpful and easy to make.
Oct 03, 2014 by tanya gaba
I had tried it... it's looking so yummy...
Now see how's its taste.
I had cooked it for my hubby..
I will comment later about its taste.

Sep 28, 2014 by Pranay
cooked accordingly and it was really yum!
Sep 25, 2014 by shefali garg
This recipe is really very awesome...I will try it...

Sep 24, 2014 by sarah
i am doing it now its gooooooooood.
Sep 23, 2014 by Reena
It came out very very nice.... thanks for sharing....
Sep 23, 2014 by Nisha Goyal
Please share the recipe of butter naan without yeast at home.

Response: Hi Nisha, we will try to upload the recipe of butter naan without yeast very soon.

Sep 21, 2014 by Tejawi
Awesome recipe. Tried it, it came out so good.
Sep 21, 2014 by megha
This comes out wonderful.
I have tried many recipes but this one so far is simple and the best..

Sep 19, 2014 by Suhasini
I tried this recipe. It came out very very well. Just loved it. Thanks
Sep 19, 2014 by Radha
Panner butter masala is all time favorite dish for my daughter....Thanks for that recipe....will try this for sure.
Sep 18, 2014 by amitha
Can I use coriander leaves instead of kasuri method?

Response: Hi, kasuri methi is a unique flavored herb, which is added to give punjabi flavor to the curry. If it is not available then you can skip it.


Sep 18, 2014 by priyanshu
Nice recipes awesome... I made this and the taste was delicious.
Sep 15, 2014 by seema prasad
Never had such a tasty butter paneer.
Sep 14, 2014 by manju saini
I tried the recipe it was amazing.
Sep 06, 2014 by Lakshmi
Hi can I make this dish a day before? Every time I make paneer dish, somehow paneer becomes hard, can u tell me why please?

Response: Yes, Lakshmi you can prepare the gravy of the curry a day before and store it in refrigerator. Remove the gravy from refrigerator at least an hour prior to serving and heat it again; add paneer cubes and cook for 2-3 minutes. If gravy turns thick, then add some water and heat it again for few minutes.

To prevent paneer from turning hard follow the given instructions:
1. Always add paneer in the last stage while making the curry. Do not cook it for longer time (no more than 5 minutes) after adding paneer in the curry to prevent it from turning hard.
2. If you are making paneer at home then make sure that you do not press paneer under more than 3-4 kg weight for longer time (1 hour or less).
3. Do not deep fry paneer cubes for longer time.

Aug 18, 2014 by Chitra Swaminathan
I tried the recipe it came so good and tasty.
Aug 17, 2014 by namratha
Hi how to make fresh cream from malai.

Response: Hi Namratha, fresh cream is an English equivalent of Malai. To use the malai in this recipe, just beat it with a wire whisk or a spoon for a minute and then add in the curry in step-9.

Aug 16, 2014 by chitra swaminathan
Very very useful.. receipe preparation along with the pictures its nice thank u so much
Aug 16, 2014 by sirishasrinivas
Hi, this recipe is very very awesome. I like this very much. Your step by step explanation is very good. thank u so much..............
Aug 13, 2014 by Viji
Like the recipe...Like the responses more...very kind of you.
Aug 06, 2014 by deepthi sree
My family like paneer receipes a lot...but while preparing paneer butter masala if I avoid kasuri meethi, will it be good? please advice.

Response: Hi Deepthi, kasuri methi has its own unique fragrance, which adds Punjabi touch to the curries and enhances the flavor. If it is not available then you can skip it.


Aug 05, 2014 by Renu Chakraborty
Thanks for sharing the recipe. It's really wonderful and easy to make thanks again :-)
Aug 03, 2014 by Uttara Nandi
Today I cooked it...everyone loves it...my family and my boy friend also does not beleive that I cooked it...
Jul 26, 2014 by sandeep
I am preparing it now ...

Jul 23, 2014 by priyanka gupta
if i have no cream then what is its alternative?

Response: Hi Priyanka, cream is added to give a rich creamy flavor to the curry. You can not add any other item as an alternative of cream. If you do not have cream, then skip it (it will taste good but you will not get the restaurant style taste).


Jul 12, 2014 by Geetansh korde
If we mix salt with milk to milk phat jaata he so what we should do?

Response: Hi geetansh, milk is added in this recipe to reduce the tanginess of the tomatoes. The reasons behind milk was curdled while made you curry are given below.
1. Did you cook the tomato puree until oil starts to separated in step-6? If tomato puree is not cooked properly then it may happens.
2. Do not use low fat milk, use only full fat milk and after adding milk stir it properly to avoid curdling.
3. Do not add milk over high flame.
You can also skip the milk, use same amount of water instead of milk in step-8.


Jul 12, 2014 by manju
i love this recipe....I\'ll try it n comment at it.

Jul 11, 2014 by prerna
Plz tell that if i don\'t want to use onion and garlic than what should i do?

Response: Hi prerna, if you do not want to use onion and garlic then you can skip them to make no-onion no-garlic food (satvik food) but do not skip ginger and green chilli because they enhance the taste of the curry.


Jul 06, 2014 by Deepika Rajkamal
Nice recipe, I prepared this. It came out very nice.
Jun 30, 2014 by Radha
i searched this recipe as i loved it when i taste it at one of the restaurant .. I was thinking that it would b hard to make it.. But u explained it very nicely .surely i am gonna try this.
Jun 29, 2014 by Ankur Mazumdar
Excellent receipe & the direction is unique yet easy...
thanx
looking forward to all the others gradually.
Jun 21, 2014 by Latika
Awesome recipie.. Got loads of compliments :-)
Jun 17, 2014 by Sumayya
Hey all..super easy and tasty recipe. Thanks.
Jun 16, 2014 by Zara
I can't cook for nuts... But the recipe was explained so well that there was no scope for going wrong anywhere ......
Just tried the recipe now and It has came out really well .... Just added a bit of red colour to get the restaurant style look !!
Thanks a lot ! :)
Jun 16, 2014 by AnandLakshminarasimhan
Made pbm for myself & mom. She liked it a lot. So did I. Almost exact recipe. Taste is close to thing we buy. Mom in fact liked it very much.Thanks a lot.
Jun 14, 2014 by nisha
is it necessary to use cashew paste?

Response: Hi Nisha, cashew-nut paste is used in this recipe to thicken the gravy. If cashew-nuts are not available then you can use khus khus and watermelon seeds instead of it to make a paste. Follow the below step.
1. Soak khus khus (poppy seeds) (1/2 tablespoon) and watermelon seeds (magaj-tari seeds) (1/2 tablespoon) together in 2-tablespoons hot water for 15-20 minutes.
2. Make smooth paste using mixer grinder and use prepared paste in place of cashewnut paste in this recipe.

Jun 11, 2014 by Ria
Wow! Thanks a lot for d recipe.. I cooked for d first tym.. N it turned out really well! Loved it.. Thankyou :)
Jun 06, 2014 by eby
what do you mean by saute?

Response: Saute means stir-fry or lightly cook ingredient in small amount of oil or butter. For example, saute onion means - stir and cook onion in oil until it changes it's color to light brown.


Jun 05, 2014 by Sri Devi Bhavani
Wow!! Awesome!! Very simple and easy steps to understand and it came out really well.. Everybody in my family liked a lot and they were asking for more.. Thank you so much :))
Jun 03, 2014 by Sujanya
Hi,
The recipe is too good....since i'm a beginner can you please let me know what is fresh cream?It is whip cream or half and half milk? all are same cream?if not where i can get this cream in USA?what do they call?

Response: In USA, fresh cream is generally referred as Heavy Cream. You can typically find it in a dairy products section in the stores. You can also use whipping cream (not whipped cream) as its alternative.


Jun 03, 2014 by Joon moni kumari singha
hi m Joon...... thanks....I am just newly married. and me and my husband stay alone. I want to try this recipe to my hudnand....BT I dont know what is kasuri methi????? n thanks agn n luv u...

Response: Kasuri Methi is an Indian name for dried fenugreek leaves.


May 30, 2014 by Seena Rajsekar
Very tasty and easy to do am admired by my kid and hubby because of this . Mouth watering recipie.
May 25, 2014 by Rinku
Nice way taught,it had became easier to cook .and was awesome...thank u so much

May 21, 2014 by Shal
Hi...can I use yogurt in place of fresh cream? Or it has to be fresh cream from the packet?

Response: No, you can not use yogurt in place of fresh cream in this recipe. Either you can use store bought fresh cream (from the packet) or homemade fresh cream (malai collected from milk).


May 15, 2014 by varun
Very very very nicerecipe.... lip licking
May 09, 2014 by Narmadha
today i try this.. its came very well... in my family all r like this recipe very much... all r appricate me... am very happy...thank u so much....

May 04, 2014 by Prabha Jubin
Good Recipe and easy steps. . Thank u so much..
May 03, 2014 by dhrihata
hv prepared the recipe following the gvn steps...tated awesome...my parents loved it..

May 02, 2014 by meeenakshi
very nice ..it came out very well ..lip smacking

May 01, 2014 by sudhi jobin
going to try this recipe tonight without fresh cream..hope it wrks well..thanks for this wonderful receipe..images itslf shows it be yummy
Apr 29, 2014 by silkam
Hats off 2 u n ur recipes...mindblasting recipes
Apr 21, 2014 by KaviKarthik
its really superb...my husband liked it very much..
Apr 21, 2014 by Anuja
I'm a collegian and completely new to cooking, as my vacations have started, I thought of trying out a paneer dish and surprising my parents. I found this recipe and thought it was super easy yet delicious! Well, it worked! They loved it and were asking for more! Thank You www.foodviva.com for sharing such a masterpiece of a recipe!
Apr 19, 2014 by yatika.dineshà
I tried it for first time it was awesome my family liked it a lot.
Thanks for easy recipe with pics..........keep posting please it helps us a lot.
Apr 19, 2014 by sowmya
Wow...
Wat a great recipe.

I have tried many recepices from this website..

It taste good...

Tum gonna try out this ..

I'm sure it will come out very well
Apr 16, 2014 by Neha sayal
Tried out this recipe last night .. Wow was the feedback from everyone who tasted .. Loved it.

Apr 05, 2014 by jitendra prasad
i like this easy recipe preparation with pictures.
Apr 01, 2014 by rajeshree varma
Greet I made it on my sister birthday n it came out like a hotel taste I\'m very happy not only with this recipe but whatever I tried from foodviva I\'m very happy.

Response: Thanks Rajeshree.

Mar 29, 2014 by hussain
Its delicious but what alternate for the butter or we can skip that?

Response: You can use ghee (Indian style clarified butter) or vegan butter instead of plain butter in this recipe. If you want to skip the butter because of any health, allergy or weight related issues then you have to increase the amount of oil to 3 tablespoons in the given recipe, as a result you will get PANEER MASALA CURRY (without BUTTER) which will also taste good.

Mar 25, 2014 by Sonia
Can I use sour cream instead of fresh cream..??

Response: Hi Sonia, you can not use sour cream ins place of fresh cream in this recipe. You can use either homemade fresh cream (malai) or store bought Amul fresh cream (or any other brand).


Mar 20, 2014 by priya
2day i am going to try this.. here the fresh crem is not available today.. instead of fresh cream shall i use the fresh curd..

Response: Hi Priya, you can not use fresh curd instead of fresh cream in this recipe. If you do not have fresh cream then you can skip it but it will change the taste a little bit.

Mar 12, 2014 by NILANJANA BASAK
I tried it ,it was awesome but instead of kasuri methi what to use?

Response: Hi Nilanjana, thanks for trying the recipe. Kasuri methi has it's own specific aroma, which is generally added in most of the punjabi style curries to enhance the flavor. If it is not available then you can skip it.

Mar 09, 2014 by Anjan Nandi
Very nice and easy steps make my diner beautiful tonight.. In addition of two teaspoon of Khowa (dry milk) with cashew nut pest make the gravy more beautiful.. Its really delicious.. Thanks

Response: Thanks Anjan.

Feb 24, 2014 by Cib
Really nice..I used Ginger garlic paste though..thanks
Feb 21, 2014 by Srikanth
Great - I tried it today and came out well. I couldn't get the Deep Red color though. Also even though the cashews were soaked for 25 minutes, I couldn't get a soft paste after grinding them.

Response: Hi Srikanth, thanks for trying the recipe. The deep red color depends on the quality of red chilli powder (use kashmiri red chilli powder (not very old) to get less spicy taste and deep red color).
In this recipe, smooth paste of cashew nut is not required however you can easily make smooth paste at home by following steps.
1.Grind dry cashew nuts to smooth powder.
2.Soak that powder for 15 minutes in hot water.

Jan 20, 2014 by Bharathi
Excellent,outstanding.
Oct 26, 2013 by Himanshu
Looks mouth watering recipe.. surely gonna try soon. Its my kinda spicy recipe unlike other's sweet ones.
Oct 25, 2013 by sheetal
how do u get the deep red color in your gravy...even though i used color chilli powder my gravy is slightly brownish.

Response: I used kashmiri red chilli powder in this recipe to get deep red colour. It gives nice red colour and tastes less spicy. Make sure that red chilli powder is not older than 6-months, otherwise you may not get red deep color.

Aug 01, 2013 by Husna khan
hiii...
I love this site. its so helpful in showing step by step directions and all recipes are very good. i will give all 5 stars to this site.
Apr 22, 2013 by sai
Good
Taste is very nice..
Apr 15, 2013 by lakshmi
very nice i have tried this really superb
Apr 09, 2013 by Antima mishra
Tell me how to make tomato puree in home for paneer.n i must try this recipe

Response: Method to make tomato puree is given in step-1. Follow the directions in step-1 to easily prepare puree at home.

Mar 08, 2012 by nawsheen
going to try this recipe. looks delicious
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