Paneer Butter Masala

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Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

Here is how to make a simple paneer butter masala, which is a great alternative to butter chicken. This recipe has a tasty broth and is served best with naan breadbasmati rice, or roti.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep
Cuisine Indian, North Indian, Punjabi
Servings4 servings
Calories (per serving)338.19 kcal




  • In a saucepan (medium-high heat), add vegetable oil, butter, red onions, garlic paste, and ginger paste, and sauté until golden.
  • Add the red chili powder, garam masala, ground cumin, and coriander.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cashew nuts, and stir to combine.
  • Allow the simmer by adding water for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Once it has been cooked and cooled down, place it into a blender and blend until it forms a smooth paste.
  • To the same pan, add the vegetable oil and paneer and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat.
  • Add the paste to the pan.
  • Add the kasuri methi, double cream, brown sugar, and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro. Serve with basmati rice or roti.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 338.19kcalCarbohydrates: 14.94gProtein: 10.3gFat: 27.24gSaturated Fat: 12.44gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.64gMonounsaturated Fat: 4.06gTrans Fat: 0.16gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 65.13mgPotassium: 391.08mgFiber: 2.83gSugar: 5.41gVitamin A: 1335.13IUVitamin B1: 0.1mgVitamin B2: 0.07mgVitamin B3: 0.9mgVitamin B5: 0.26mgVitamin B6: 0.29mgVitamin B12: 0.02µgVitamin C: 19.46mgVitamin D: 0.12µgVitamin E: 1.7mgVitamin K: 23.55µgCalcium: 296.19mgCopper: 0.21mgFolate: 22.25µgIron: 1.37mgManganese: 0.45mgMagnesium: 33.17mgPhosphorus: 84.19mgSelenium: 3.11µgZinc: 0.67mgNet Carbohydrates: 12.11g
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Data source: USDA

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How To Reheat Paneer Butter Masala?

Saucepan5 minutes, on medium heat.
Microwave2 minutes, covered.

How To Store Paneer Butter Masala?

Fridge3 to 4 days.
Freezer4 to 6 months.