Butter Paneer Masala

Paneer Butter Masala ~ How to make Paneer Butter Masala

Butter Paneer Masala, a bright orange-colored smooth,creamy and light buttery flavored North Indian fare, is one of the most popular main course food items in Indian restaurants.Calcium rich fresh homemade paneer cubes are simmered lightly with a rich buttery onion-tomato sauce and spices,flavored with pleasantly bitter dry fenugreek leaves and further enriched with cashew nut paste.


Butter Paneer Masala Recipe


250 gms paneer Рcubed and saut̩ in a tbsp of ghee till golden brown, remove into a dish and add a cup of hot water to the fried paneer cubes and let them sit in it for 5mts,then drain the water and keep aside
2 big onions (blanch for 10 mts and puree)
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp red chilli pwd (I used kashmiri chillis) you can increase to 1 1/2 tsps
3 big ripe tomatoes (blanch ,de-skin and puree)
3 tbsps cashewnut paste
1 tsp coriander pwd
1/4 tsp haldi (turmeric pwd)
1 tsp kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
garam masala pwd (make a pwd of 3 cloves,1 green cardamom and 1” cinnamon)
salt to taste
3 tbsps butter
2 tbsps fresh cream

Heat 2 tbsp of butter in a pan, add the onion paste and sauté till light brown (approx 8-10 mts). Add ginger-garlic paste. Saute for 3 minutes. Add chilli pwd and combine, followed by the cashew paste and combine.

Add tomato puree, crushed kasuri methi,coriander pwd, haldi, garam masala and salt. Stir and let it simmer for 4-5 mts.

Add the paneer and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add a small cup of water and let it cook on medium heat for 10 mts or till you get the desired curry consistency. Remove from fire, stir in remaining butter and fresh cream.

Let the curry sit for 10-15 mts before serving. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rotis, naan , paranthas or simple steamed white rice.


Butter Paneer Masala is cooked on the same lines as Kadai Paneer , a creamy curry where paneer is cooked with bell peppers and tomatoes and served in a kadai (restaurant style).

I enjoy these melt-in-the-mouth tender cubes of paneer, appealing velvety texture and color, bursting with flavor butter paneer masala with rotis, salad and a glass of mango lassi. I love the color, texture and taste of this delicious vegetarian curry. So, now that you have Paneer Butter masala recipe, will you make it? 🙂

Restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala

Butter Paneer Masala

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 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

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Paneer butter masala recipe, a classic North Indian dish served in restaurants. Learn how to make Paneer Butter Masala, best among Vegetarian Indian recipes
  • http://cookingmedley.blogspot.com/ Luv2cook


    Amazing pictures. I love them. I did not even read the recipe yet, just the pictures make me want to make myself invite to Vizag :).

    BTW, did you get a new camera?

    Your most welcome,LC.Yes,I have invested in a new camera as I found that my mobile cam (used earlier) wasnt doing justice to the food pictures..:) 

  • http://vineelascooking.blogspot.com vineela krishna

    HI Sailu,
    Really its looking like a restaurant menu.Yummy and healthy with all those veggies.Photos are bright and good.

    Thank you,Vineela. 

  • http://myrasoi.blogspot.com lakshmi

    Sailu, thanks for all your comments.
    Bhale vunayi fotos, just want to taste the dish, looks delicious.

    Thank you,Lakshmi. 

  • http://www.kodaliskitchen.blogspot.com Tanuja

    Hi sailu,

    butter paneer recipe chana bagundi , the snaps are really great.

    Thank you,Tanuja. 

  • http://mykatha.blogspot.com santhi

    I thought of the same thing that L2C said.
    “Sailu got a new camera”.

    Beautiful pics and looking forward to see many more lovely pics sailu…

    I hope to improve on my photography skills..:) 

  • Priya

    Hi Sailu.
    The pictures are amazing…just looked like a pic taken in a hotel…only the presence of the lovely home made pulkas told other wise.Ur wonderful dishes surely deserved the new cam….
    Waiting for more wonderful recipes and pics too from now on…:-)

    Priya,hope I do justice to both the cam and food..:) 

  • http://food-forthought.blogspot.com Ashwini

    Hi Sailu. I love your new home 🙂
    And the photos are so WOW. It looks like a table at a restaurant. I am not too fond of paneer but I love the butter masala so will definitely give this one a try.

    You will love it for sure..:)

  • http://spicehut.blogspot.com Sonali

    Lovely pic & really yummy looking paneer masala !

    Thank you,Sonali.

  • http://arcthomas.blogspot.com/ Archana

    Wow!!! Sailu !!!
    Amazing pictures, you did it veeeeeeeeeeery well, i like the way you have arranged everything,very professional, very restaurant like. These photos are just bursting with captivating colors. Well done.

    Thank you,Archana. 

  • http://menutoday.blogspot.com menutoday

    HI Sailu,
    Your Paneer Butter Masala looks yummy!!!!!

    Thank you,MT. 

  • Pamela

    WOW!!! Sailu those pictures are amazing!!! Love your recipe!

    Thank you,Pamela. 

  • http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/ Alanna

    I must have missed the move to the new site: it looks GREAT!


  • http://krishnaarjuna.blogspot.com Arjuna

    Great presentation Sailu!

    Thank you,Arjuna. 

  • http://thecookingadventuresofchefpaz.blogspot.com/ Paz


    Congratulations on your own site domain! This looks terrific, as does your latest recipe!


    Thank you,Paz.

  • mae

    Hi Sailu, you are one exquisite chef! You should consider opening a restaurant.

    Oh Mae!! You flatter me..:):).
    How I would love to open my restaurant one day!!
    Just the thought makes me happy..:) 

    • http://sympatico.ca Lori Fernandez

      Hello Sailu

      I’ve been looking for recipes that I can make at home as there are no Indian restaurants in my region.

      I hope I can do justice to your recipe although, you deliver it simply and make it sound easy. The pictures add a lovely touch.
      Many thanks.


  • http://myworksh0p.blogspot.com RP

    Amazing pictures!!! Very colorful!!
    I can assume how yummy the butter paneer masala was. Improving photography skills needs lots of work and patience, huh? Not my kind of thing I guess. LOL

    Thank you,RP. You can say that again,RP…it does take time and one needs patience. Not only the one taking the picture of the food but the poor family waiting to eat the food..:D)

  • http://recipelist.blogspot.com CurryInAHurry

    Looks so amazing, can’t wait to try this!

    CurryInAHurry, you sure are in a hurry to try this recipe..:):) .Thanks for dropping by..

  • http://deetsasdiningroom.blogspot.com Nerissa

    Your new site is so lovely. The recipe looks divine. I soooo want to make this but won’t be happening yet. I see I have yet more Indian spices I need to add to my already bulging cupboard: fenugreek leaves.

    Thank you,Nerissa. You should try this recipe and I so sure you are going to love it..:) 

  • http://newsthatihear.blogspot.com/ Priya


    Congrats on your new web site. Looks very refreshing.

    Thank you,Priya. 

  • http://zweiundvierzig.blogspot.com suresh

    Came here from mahanandi site. i wonder how i missed ur site. am not as fond of cooking as i am of reading recipe (and eating). will be back to read some more… liked ur layout as well.

    Thank you ,Suresh for dropping by and leaving a comment…appreciate it and am glad you like the layout..:) 

  • Anuradha

    I am regular visitor to your site and also tried many of your recipes. They turned great. Your new design looks awesome. Butter paneer masala is mouth-watering.

    Thank you so much for visiting and trying out the recipes,Anuradha…and I am glad they turned out well…:) 

  • http://saffronhut.blogspot.com Saffron Hut

    Sailu, that looks so lovely! I have been looking for a good butter paneer recipe (I have a shortcut 5 min version) and yours is just perfect!!

    Pictures are fantastic. So, what camera did you select?


    Wow,short cut 5 min version…..I’d love to hear more about that.
    I have invested in a SONY cybershot for [starters]!! :D)

  • Rorie

    How delicious! And your new site is just beautiful!

    Thank you,Rorie. 

  • Sandra

    Looks all great, sailu!!! 🙂
    New home it’s very, very beautiful..and picture too!!

    Thank you, Sandra..:) 

  • http://kitchenmate.blogspot.com/ Karthi Kannan

    Sailu: pictures looks great,love the way you arranged the food, very restaurant like, looks good 🙂

    Thank you,Karthi.

  • http://pusiva.blogspot.com Puspha

    Lovely presentation. Well done & keep up the good job.


  • Gayathri

    This photo looks good.I plan to make this recipe tomorrow and I wanted to know how many people this quantity will serve.

    Thanks, Gayathri

    Gayatri, this recipe should serve 5-6 people. 

  • tanuja

    Hi Sailu garu,
    This is my first time leaving a comment, I just couldnt resist and I tried your recipe and it just turned out like yours except I added mutter too ..thanks for a very dependable recipe.

    Thank you, Tanuja. I am so glad you liked the recipe..:)

  • Vijaya

    Hi Ms. Sailaja Garu,
    Daily i will go through u r and mahanandi’s site. Very great… I am staying in Doha, Qatar, I am from Kurnool..

    ok, bye

    Vijaya garu, thank you for visiting my blog and your kind words..:)

  • http://iniyaninaivugal.blogspot.com Raji

    I really loved this recipe. It was so easy to follow, not very time consuming and tasted great. All great ingredients for trying it again.
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Your most welcome, Raji..:)

  • http://www.spicycuisine.blogspot.com Bindu Melayil

    hi Sailu,

    This recipe is very tempting!
    I will defintely try it out today.

    Also I suggest you can start a good restaurant, not only the recipes look tempting and mouth watering but your presentation is irresistible.

    Good job!

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Bindu. Start my own restaurant…?! -:)

  • Ashima


    Paneer butter masala recipe was wonderful …. this is the first recipe I have tried from ur site …………. and it turned out to be really amazing ………….. thanks for the recipe …..

  • Aisha


    Paneer butter masala receipe is very interesting. I am going to prepare that tomorrow, only I worry where I will get ready-made paneer. I want to know how to prepare home-made paneer. Can you help me with that? Thank you

  • vaseema

    hey really pix r gud.but lemme prepare it then ill telu u abt the taste and ur recipe.hope ill like the taste too….

  • gayathri

    hru? i liked u’r paneer receipes.
    but please could u tell me how to prepare paneer cubes at home.

    thank u…

  • http://sizzlingkitchen.blogspot.com/ priyadilip

    Hi Sailu,

    My husband and I love Paneer Butter Masala.. I have been in search for this recipe quite a lot in the past few months. Having hit on it at your site, I really feel it would taste like the restaurant type.

    Thanks for the recipe. When i try it, i will let you know after i post my dinner pictures.

    Merry Christmas and happy new year.

    Priya Dilip

  • Geeta Prayag


    After having tasted butter panner masala in Singapore, my 16 yr old veg son and 18 yr old almost veg daughter wanted the dish. I accessed your recipe and tried it. It turned out to be a six star recipe, an utter success. It’s the first time I made it and I must congratulate you. Rest assured that it will become a family favourite. Thank you.

    Your most welcome, Geeta..:)

  • Sandhya

    Hi Sailu!!!!

    You have a beautiful site up here! Congratulations!!! I’m a regular visitor and big fan of all ur wonderful recipes. But this one, I must say, is a winner.
    I have one question though. How does ur curry end up with that amazing restaurant-like-color? Please let me know!

    Thanks and have a great time!

    Thanks for dropping by, Sandhya. The color of the curry is due to the use of the chilli pwd which we prepare at home by sun drying spices like turmeric, kashmiri chillis, methi seeds, garlic, cumin etc. Generally I use this masala chilli pwd or kashmiri chillis. When I fried the paneer pieces in ghee, I added a pinch of haldi too.

  • Anirudh

    i just licked the monitor. it is just mouth watering

  • sailu

    hello sailu ,
    u know, my name is also sailu
    i am going to try ur recipe today
    hope i too get the same texture and taste, like ur recipe.
    wish me…..

  • Bindu

    Hi Saliu,
    Please tell me how to blanch the onions and tomatoes ?
    do we need to boil them in water for some time until they are soft?

    Boil some water and add the onions with a + slit of top and leave it for 4-5 mts. Turn off, cool and make a paste. Repeat the same with tomatoes, ensure that you blanch for 3 mts for tomatoes.

  • Devika

    I tried this recipe looking at the lovely picture.It was mouth-watering.It turned out to be as good as it looked.My husband just loved it…..and me too.He said it tasted just like how it is made in hotels.PERFECT recipe for butter paneer masala.

    Thank u so much 🙂

  • Harika Satish

    The site is awesome. Tasty recipies with lovely pictures.

  • http://annapoornaa.blogspot.com/ Shri

    Hi Sailu,

    You have a wonderful website and you post such delicious recipes. I tried your paneer butter masala for my party and it was a great hit. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Himani Pendse

    Hi Sailu,
    The site is awesome.Delicious recipies with lovely pictures.
    thank you so much

  • http://www.yahoo.com rajitha

    i have tried your paneer butter masala recipe. Earlier i could not satisfy my family but after reading procedure from your website i tried and it was very very very tasty and everyone was satisfied with your dish. thank you very much.

  • Rafia

    Hi sailu
    I hit on ur site from Google. Though there were plenty of search results i picked urs first coz it descibed the texture, colour and taste of the gravy, ingredients apart.It made me want to look up ur recipe.Inshallah ill try it soon n get back.Meanwhile keep up the good work… n thanks a ton for sharing ur recipes..pics r great!!

  • Mumta

    Hi this is a great recipe although I didn’t add the cashewnut paste as I didn’t have it and had to add cumin & coriander pwd as that all I had. I love your recipe. The pictures are great. Keep the recipes coming I look forward to trying some more.

  • Queenslin

    Hey i tried this one….everyone luved it…this is the first thing that my parents liked when i prepared the food. Well..i am only 16.. and i luv cooking new stuffs..this one was awesome.

  • Kanan Ajmera

    Hi Sailaja,
    Googled a recipe for the butter paneer and found your wonderful website. Your beautiful artistically taken pictures and mouth watering recipes …make the soul happy ad want to take the next flight back home!

    I love the boat along the beach. You are obviously a multi-talented person. Good Luck…keep those beautiful recipes and pictures coming!

  • http://www.resmijaimon.com Resmi Jaimon


    Came across your blog while searching for paneer butter masala. You are doing a good job. Though I’ve been trying to prepare panner butter masala it’s not coming right. I’ll try your recipie and let you know how it comes out! I’m a housewife and a freelance writer based in Kochi. Check out my website to know more about me. 🙂

  • Machindra barve

    When I ate paneer masala with my family at a hotel it became our favorite dish. Then we decided to make it at home and I got the perfect receipe here with nice picture. thank a lot.

  • sonum3

    I want to try this…But what is fresh cream, instead of this can i use anything else…

    You can use malai.

  • sonum3

    hi sailu
    what can i use for fresh cream, cool whip or sour cream…let me know….

    You can use top of milk (malai) if you don’t have fresh cream on hand. But no sour cream. I have no idea what cool whip is.

  • Resmi

    Found this picture while browsing. It looked like it was taken from this post.


    Just wanted to let you know.

    Yes, they have copied my image. Very unfortunate. Thanks for informing me, Resmi.

  • swapna

    What is butter and fresh cream?? both are different? I think Ghee can be replaced with butter and fresh cream?
    please help me out….some one please tell me how can i prepare them at home.

  • swapna

    Hi sailu
    just now i have visited u r website.its really very nice……….
    i would like to appreciate your work on this website.
    i like u r paneer butter masala recipe.i am having one doubt whats this fresh cream and where can i get this.can you please suggest me.Can we make this cream at home.if so How can we make it?I am really thankful if you reply me.

  • abhishek

    this is really an interesting site for foodies like me

  • Yogendra

    Sailu garu..

    Butter Chicken choostene adirindiii.. 🙂
    I think you could invite me over for lunch at your place !! he he.. You rock…

  • Kishor Manji

    this is a first class recipe, i made this dish last week and went down a treat. would highly recommend to anyone how loves great flavers.:-)

  • http://yahoo.com prem

    hai sailu great great waugh icant express inwords those pictures really tempted me sorry iam moving to kitchen now for tasty paneer masala tks a lot

  • kushal

    thank u my mother is delighted by this

  • Rani

    Hi Sailu
    i tried this recipe and it turned out very well. Its awesome.My husband and son likedit very much.Thank you for sharing.




  • http://www.sailusfood.com/2005/11/21/idli-sambar-steamed-rice-cakes-with-red-lentil-curry/ Susmitha

    Loved reading the recipe, so i am definetly going to give it a try. How can i prepare fresh cream at home?
    Can curd be used instead? Thank you.

    You can use top of milk cream (malai).

  • suneetha

    i am very glad, at last i found the recipe i was searching for.thanks sailu thank you very much.it seems to very delicious.

  • Sidra

    Hi Sailu I just made this recipe 10 minutes ago.

    Some changes for convenience:
    -did not soak the paneer in water
    – roughly chopped the onions and put it in a coffee grinder (easier to wash than a blender).
    -used one can of diced tomatoes. I saved the juice and used that instead of water in the last step.
    -Didn’t have any cashewnut paste…I suppose one could crush regular cashews right?

    Outcome: This is the 2nd Indian recipe i have made in my life. It was very easy and tasty. The biggest pain was the onions, but even those are available pre-chopped for those short on time or with sensitive eyes. Thank you for the pics which inspired me to try this recipe 🙂

  • http://yahoo.com PARMINDER BAKSHI

    hi sailu,
    the receipe is looking too good i m surely going to try this.i m a very good fan of cooking so this receipe is really a good gift for me so thanks alot..

  • Rajesh Goyal

    Hi Sailu
    this Butter Paneer Masala is really good receipe as i tried it with afgani naan.
    thankyou very much

  • Hemanth

    I follow your site regularly. Even subscribed to RSS feeds 🙂

    One question abt above recipe – Any specific reason or advantage with soaking of fried paneer? Don’t you loose the crispiness of paneer? I will try it once anyway… but just wanted to know…


  • Chandra Shekar

    Hi Shailu,

    That was an awesome pic. Ive had a pretty dissapointing day with the food :(, and thought of making paneer “mutter” masala. On my way from work I even borrowed peas from my neighbour. Then was browsing for the recipe and stumbled upon this page. Thats it, I know I am at the right place. Turns out its paneer “butter” masala(couldnt stop laughing =)) ). I ran downstairs to return the mutter and spent the next 90 minutes in the kitchen. Worth every bit of the pain I had gone through, it was heaven. Thanks a ton for the recipe. I wish I could subscribe to ur posts(I could know all the recipes u post :-P).

    Thank you.

    I am glad you liked the recipe, Chandra Shekar.:) You can subscribe to my posts by leaving your email id in the side bar feedburner box.

  • Ipshita

    I have guests coming to dinner tomorrow. Will try this recipe for sure. Hope it turns out as good as the pics.. Wish me luck

  • soumya

    Tried your dish. Was a super hit.


  • rasmi

    I tried your receipe for a party at home and everybody liked it a lot…the dish came out perfectly and I am very happy about it….
    Thanks a lot..surely try other receipes of yours.

  • Maria

    Dear Sailu,

    I came upon your website in my hunt for something delicious to make with paneer. I am so glad I found your site. I made this dish for my family tonight and it was a real hit (alas, no leftovers though – which is always a good sign!) Your photography is just superb. Thank you ever so much! I have bookmarked your site and will definitely return. Absolutely delicious!
    Kind regards, Maria

  • Nithya bijoy

    Hi sailu…

    thanks for this wonderful recipes.. made it and everyne especially my hus loved it.. do put in more tasty recipes..

    Actually wht is this fenugreek leaves? i actually din put tht in this whil preparg.. 😀 any substitute for it?

  • Nithu

    Hi Sailu,

    I had tried Butter paneer masala many times. But urs is the best recipe i’ve tried ever. It came out well. Like Nithya said, i also dint add fenugreek leaves. Still, it taste good. Thanks.

  • Vish

    Beautiful pics. For a guy staying overseas away from his mothers cooking, studying and working hard, just the picture made my tongue wag and my stomach curl. for a moment i just wished the paneer would jump out of the screen and i could jump into the dish and wallow in it. sweet.
    will try the recipe, and let mom know her son is surviving. .;)


  • Zeb

    Hi sailu didi,
    Tried out this recipe of yours today and it turned out great…..
    Can u plz tel me how to make cream out of store bought milk???
    Thanks again.

  • Raechel

    Hello Ms. Sailaja,

    Thanks a ton for your wonderful PBM recipe… of all the other PBM recipes on the internet , I could say by looking at the ingredients and the pictures that it would not fail me. It was delicious. We had a Turkish couple invited over to our home for dinner and I made PBM.. it turned out great..Of course I had to hide from my health concious husband the fact that I had added cashew paste to it give it a extra rich taste 🙂

    Chaala thanksu..
    Take care,

  • Aish

    I made butter paneer masala for dinner with roti and my kids and husband loved it very much.while making for kids i just excluded all the chillies and chilli powder and added some white pepper instead, my toddler also loved it.simply delicious!

  • gangaben surti

    Very nice, dont suppose you would have another yummy recipe for milk hoppers?


    dear sailu,
    hi! i tried out butter paneer masala for dinner and every one in my house liked it. it was very very yummy and i was searching for this recipe from a long time. thank you…
    please publish if you have any recipe for preparing chocolate cakes as well as ice creams to try out in this hot summer…

  • http://gunturruchi.blogspot.com lubna

    Good to look nice to eat recipe

  • priya

    Hi Shailu,
    I tried you paneer butter masala today. It was wonderful. My husaband has asked me to prepare it every week. My daughters and mother inlaw loved it.

  • Padma

    Hi sailu,

    I love all your recipes and have even tried a 40 percent of them.
    This is the first time i am posting a comment.

    I jus have a doubt. How to blanch onions. should i cut them or just the whole. pls throw some light on me.


  • aishwarya

    Dear Sailu,

    To view the paneer butter masala is too yummy Sailu…Chaana Bagundi! Good pics with your new camera

  • swathi

    Hey Sailu,
    Am a regular visitor of your website, tried many of your recipies, they are great!!
    Can you suggest an alternative to kasturi methi, as we dont get it here in any of the Indian shops, does Paneer butter masala taste as good without Kasturi methi??
    Many thanks.

    Kasturi methi makes all the difference to this dish. You need to use it to get the authentic taste.

  • Bina

    Just tried this recipe and its absolutely yummy! Thanks

  • Joy

    Hi! Just came across your site recently. What a LOT of lovely dishes. Actually got here through a search for homemade corn chips. (They were great, by the way.) We live in Nepal and I am always trying to learn how to cook more Nepali and Indian food. Can you tell me WHY you put the paneer in water after frying it? Thanks. Joy

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  • teja

    Hello Sailu,

    I have been a regular visitor of your website and I have tried quite a few and they turned out…!!!This ButterPaneerMasala looks Awsme…wonderful presentation..I like ur presentation a lot…I hvnt seen such a colorful & wonderful presentation till date..I would like to see many more new different recipies. Kudos to u!!!!

  • http://myfeasts.blogspot.com Maya


    I look forward to trying out some of your lovely dishes!

  • poornima

    Its looking very good and yummy but i have a one question though, u said to make paste of blanched onions but how to do that? i mean how to blanch onions?

    Heat enough water, add peeled onion (but as a whole) and let the water come to a boil. Let the onions cook in this water for atleast 6 -7 mts. The large onions might take a little more time. Drain and cool. Then make a paste of the blanched onions for this particular recipe.

  • sona

    hi,i triedout the recipe it was very tasty .very kind of u to share ur recipes with everyone. great pictures.

  • Stu

    I just made this from your recipe, and it turned out as good (if not better) than I had from a restaurant two weeks ago!! I have book-marked this page as this was my first ever curry I have made and will never remember the way to make it. If I can make it turn out good, so can anyone!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • http://www.fieryblaster.blogspot.com Vasumathy

    Tried this recepie for urs long time back. it came out very well. i am going to redo it today.sorry for the delayed feedback. thanks a lot.

  • onjoy

    dear friend, thnx for this lovely recipe,, i’m just test it before some time.. still the test of “Paneer butter Masala” is sticky in my mouth. additionally i was added some extra chopped cashew, kissmiss and red cherry for extra test. after all i miss a a small bit sweetness and shore(may b originally added some sugar and acid in restora).. after all it’s delicious..

  • Rajasree

    I tried it before and was just recalling the method. Thanks a lot. Its really wonderful.

  • flora

    hi shailu,
    i tried ur recipe jus now… it turned out very well…. this is the first time am trying ur recipe…. thanks 4 sharing this recipe…

  • chetak

    I tried this recipe last week. It was excellent. I looked at few other recipies and videos but this one is the best. Blaching the onions was a very good idea. It does not make the onion paste bitter. Thanks for giving us a good recipe.

  • Kavitha

    Hi Sailu,

    I saw the same picture in other site for the dish, Mogalai Paneer.


    This is the link.

  • http://bestmemoriesoflife@wordpress.com good memories

    I made the recipe at home and it tasted heavenly

  • http://shoumikk@blogspot.com Shoumik

    Hi Shailu

    This is my favorite recipe and It made me famous to my friends because of my Butter paneer skills…

    I however apologize for one thing…I have posted this recipe on my blog and I have mentioned there that I have copied this recipe from your site and given a link to your site…

    Do let me know if you think this is inappropriate and If you ask me I will delete this from my blog….?


    As long as you have credited the source, its fine, Shoumik. Thanks for informing me.

  • mhp


    Your site is very informative & the photos are superb.

    Just found out that one of your above photograph is copied by indobase.com in the following page.

    pls take action. It is very shameful on their part.



  • vineelabhuma

    sailu i like ur website very much. ilike paneer butter masala having
    seen in your site i told to my mom she has prepared for me .my uncle liked it very much .when we go to we order it to eat in chapathis.
    Thank u …sailu

  • pinky

    Hi Sailu
    can u tell me how many servings can be made with this recipe?I am preparing this for a party of 25.

    You can make 4-5 servings with the above recipe. You can prepare 1 1/2 kgs of paneer for a party of 25 people.

  • meena


    i tried this receipe it was really good.

  • Anuradha

    Hi Sailu,
    I’m a regular visitor of your blog and have enjoyed reading all your posts. I recently tried out Butter Paneer Masala and followed the exact instructions given by you. Needless to say, the end result was fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe.

  • monica

    Hi, what kind of cream should I buy? What should I look for at the grocery store? Thanks, love it, love the pictures. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmy

    When you boil milk, the layer which forms on top, can be used or you could use fresh cream.

  • divya

    I had a dinner party on friday and tried this yuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmyyyy recipe,it was a hit.I had a problem in opening your website while trying to have a look at the method,so I carried on with my own method with the ingredients list in my hand.Sorry about that.i’ll make sure next time i’ll do it the same method.
    Whenever there is a party I visit your site to try new recipes.Among the recipes i tried everything was sure hit.Soya chunks vegetable pulao,methi chaman hariyali,punnukulu,gobi manchurian….wow…thank u so much for all the recipes.
    thanks a lot
    waiting for more vegan recipes

  • smit

    what is kasthuri methi?

    Dried fenugreek leaves = Kasuri methi. Learn more about methi/fenugreek

  • Beatrice

    Instead of 3 big tomatoes can we substitue tomato puree if so how much should we? could you please help me, coz I dont get good fresh ripe tomatoes at our place (germany) even if I go for it its too expensive in some supermarkets, this season. But I’m longing to try ur recipe. And cream what is the percentage of cream to be used 30 or 10% fat to get the richness?
    Thank you

    Beatrice, you can use 1 1/2 cups of tomato puree and 10% fat should do. How ever you could also use 30% fat. Hope this helps and you enjoy the dish. 🙂

  • Beatrice

    Thank you so much!!! For you speedy reply,this will help me and many others too, Sailu,for giving us a way out. shall try and get back soon to u! God Bless your Hands!

  • blinkandmiss

    My God Sailu!! You’ve hit the jackpot with this recipe. I made paneer butter masala tonight with some minor tweaks as per availability of ingredients and it was a super duper hit. Take a bow lady, this recipe tastes just like the restaurant version!

    When I prepare it again and manage to photograph it before I wipe the bowl clean, I will surely blog about it and share the joy!

    Thanks again.

  • Beatrice

    Dear Sailu,
    Your recipe is a perfect recipe and the substitutes you advised me were just perfect enough, nothing at all to say just one thing “Perfect”.

  • http://kavithabhargav.blogspot.com Kavitha

    Hi Sailu,

    I have answered a question in yahoo answers by referring your website and of course, I have mentioned the link to your blog.

  • Za

    Thanks for the recipe. My family enjoyed it very much!~ Added a half cup of cream.:)

  • raja

    very very nice recipes. we just made it and it came out nice in color and smell.

  • Munni

    Hi Shailu,

    Can you suggest which cream is good to use in paneer butter masala. i used heavy cream,it was O.K. Are there any other creams which work better than heavy cream (not home made)?


    The top of milk, also called malai aka meegada, work best. But you can also use whipping cream.

  • Sangeetha

    Hi Shailu,

    You are a wonderful cook. I tried this recipe, it came out really good. This site is a best gift for learners.

    Best Regards,

  • Pinaki

    I tried your paneer butter masala recipe today. It was awesome. It taste really very good.


  • http://indus-valleys.blogspot.com/ Indu

    I was searching for a butter paneer masala recipe and got a very very good looking picture 🙂
    Will definitely try this one , In btw how did you get this bright orange color? when i use tomato puree & cashew nut paste , i usually end up with a slight yellowish color, could you please tell me how you got this color


    Use very good quality Kashmiri Chillis. Soak in water and make a fine paste with turmeric pwd (1/4 tsp). OR use good quality Kashmiri Chilli pwd.

  • Mamatha

    I made this dish this weekend when we had company and I served it with saffron pulao and raita. It turned out so well that our guest wanted the recipe. Your recipes and instructions never fail. Thanks so much for the excellent job you’re doing by way of your blog.


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    • kalyani

      hi sailu
      i tried this recipe today
      it came out delicious
      this site is a good for learners
      thanks for this yummy receipe

  • siree

    nice recipe

  • Lucky

    Hiiii just tried this recipe and unfortunately it is a flop show .The curry is so bitter in taste i followed the same procedure as you said can u plz suggest me the changes plzzz i love paneer butter masala so much


  • Gayathri

    Hi Sailugaru,

    thank u so much for this recipe..made this yest… guests loved it… it was simply superb… I am a regular in floowing your blog for recipes,,, would say I ve become of ur cooking… thanks again


  • ax

    hi…i tried it and it came out awesum..just like in restaurants..!!..its simple,easy to follow,but it was just lip smacking good…really tasty..
    thanks a lot..!!!

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  • Gangka

    Hi Sailugaru;

    I couldn’t get any paneer over here in Malaysia nowadays. Last time the store that I used to buy is not selling this product anymore. My 2 yr old toddler loves this. Is there any other variation such as feta cheese or sheep/goat cheese that I can substitute. If can, how to do this? I hope you can guide me.

    Many Thanks.

    • chinku

      make your own

  • maruthi

    what is the cream means here?

    Venna ? or Sour Cream ?

    • Sailu

      Use top of milk (meegada/malai) or Amul fresh cream.

  • Rathi

    Hello Sailu

    Finally I thought I’d leave a comment on your blog…am like a “serial” follower of your page. Your recipes are awesome, and I have tried a lot of it, and not once did anything taste bad…matter of fact they were all “too” good!!!

    I tried this one too, and I swear by it, if I have to. One of the best, beats all the restaurant paneer butter masala! I loved it and so did hubby darling, and am making it again today for good friend of ours. One of my favorite recipe frm here is your “spicy chicken curry”..omg soo YUM!

    Keep more dishes and recipes coming in…I would love to see some baked Indian snack recipes from you.

    I have been recommending your page to everyone I know…and I tell them, just follow the recipe as is, dont tinker it..and you’d have a best tasting dish ever!


  • Sushmita

    Hi Sailaja Ma’m,

    Why do we need to keep the fried paneer cubes in water for few mins ? Does it make the paneer soft ?

    Thanks & Regards,

  • Deepa

    Hi Sailu,

    I’m a great fan of your cooking.I live in Chicago,US.I always try your recipes.Butter paneer masala came out awesome..My hubby & frndz liked it a lot.All the credit goes to you.Thanks for the wonderful recipe.Keep rocking dear!!

    Deepa Jaikanth

  • suhashini

    hi sailu, i m also from vizag and love your recepies.have you plans of starting your own restaurant? plz let me know cause i am already running one in a prime area….bye

  • Pooja

    it looks so delicious and yummy to eat.so colourful………..
    cant wait…………..

  • Latha

    I tried this recipe…it was delicious..


  • Priya

    Dear Mrs,Sailu:
    I am a great big fan of your site!
    I am going to try your recipe.How do you blanch onions?

  • Priya

    Dear Mrs,Sailu:
    I am a great big fan of your site!
    I am going to try your recipe.How do you blanch onions?

  • SasuraBadaPaisewala

    Oye, I got a really bad case of tatti after eating this crap! You are a cheat.

  • SasuraBadaPaisewala

    Oye, I got a really bad case of tatti after eating this crap! You are a cheat.

  • Azra

    Just made butter paneer masala.turned out awesome.thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe

  • yen

    Sailaja garu, I tried this today and it came out very well, Thank you very much!

  • yen

    Sailaja garu, I tried this today and it came out very well, Thank you very much!

  • Snicka90

    May i know what fresh cream is this ?

    • Anonymous

      Its heavy cream.

    • Anonymous

      Its heavy cream.

    • Anonymous

      Its heavy cream.

  • Snicka90

    May i know what fresh cream is this ?

  • Anonymous

    hi sailu garu
    can i use mayfield heavy whipping cream as substitute for malai


    • Anonymous

      No.Use half and half if you do not have malai.

    • Anonymous

      No.Use half and half if you do not have malai.

  • Anonymous

    hi sailu garu
    can i use mayfield heavy whipping cream as substitute for malai


  • Anonymous

    sailu garu

    can u tel me what is heavy whipping cream mean for?

  • Anonymous

    sailu garu

    can u tel me what is heavy whipping cream mean for?

  • Ranjani

    Dear sailu,

    Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe. I tried this yesterday and it came out really well. My husband appreciated me that it tastes like in restaurants.

    I have one doubt. U have mentioned to use fresh cream. i had a big confusion when i went to store to buy this and bought this Nestle Light cream. Link for this,

    But still am thinking , did i use a correct cream…. If not, please suggest me some good products which i can get in India also?

    Please clarify my doubt. Awaiting for your reply to try more recipes

    Thanks in advance.

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  • ashitha

    is fresh cream necessary? or can i substitute it with something else???

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      You can use malai/top of milk.

  • Agnes

    Hi Sailu,
    I tried this recipe yesterday and it was excellent. Only one thing I would like to improve, maybe I’m doing something wrong but most of my dishes is little too much sour. Do you know what can be the reason? Maybe tomatoes? Thanks.
    Best Regards,

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, its the tomatoes. Reduce them.

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, its the tomatoes. Reduce them.

  • Agnes

    Hi Sailu,
    I tried this recipe yesterday and it was excellent. Only one thing I would like to improve, maybe I’m doing something wrong but most of my dishes is little too much sour. Do you know what can be the reason? Maybe tomatoes? Thanks.
    Best Regards,

  • Durga_harikb

    How to make cashew paste? Can we get that in ready made somewhere?

  • Laura Reese

    I am new to cooking indian food. What is the purpose of soaking the paneer after frying it? Made this today, and the sauce turned out very tasty. I didn’t have cashews on hand, so used almond butter instead.

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      It basically softens the sauteed paneer.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ Divya Kerani

    Hi Sailu,

    I love paneer curries. I have a doubt. Usually i will buy Paneer and cook on the same day. Ofcouse it tastes some times good and sometime not. My sister will normally store it for 15 to 20 days and uses it when is a need. Can you suggest me that “Using a stored paneer is good for health”?

    Thanks in advance

  • silpa

    hello sailu,
    thank you for all the lovely recipes and your wonderful blog.i have tried many of your recipes and for the most part they have been very successful.i tried this yesterday and found that the pureed onion paste took forever to brown and even then it only turned a very light brown,not the brown of fried onions,and i had to add lots more butter to the pan to keep the paste from sticking to the pan and frying than was mentioned in the recipe.was i doing something wrong?the final product was pretty tasty,but was hoping that you could tip me as to what i could do to save me the long laborious process of browning the onion puree next time.thank you in advance.

  • komala

    HI Sailu Garu,

    I tried this recipe, it came well,we enjoyed it.
    Thanks for posting good recipes

  • Zenab Khan

    tried this and came out very tasty !! just my paneer pieces became a little hard on the surface ! any solution for it?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Zenab, the next time you make this curry, you can follow this step for melt in the mouth paneer. Place the paneer in warm water for a few mts and drain. Do not stir fry the paneer. Add it directly to the curry for a soft textured paneer.

      • Zenab Khan

        thankyou so much !

  • nisha

    I tried this receipt today….n guess Wat…it ws delicious….I wanted to try butter paneer in different way….so thought to try this receipt….n seriously it ws yummy…

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