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A Super Easy & Perfect Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala Recipe for You

super easy Paneer Butter Masala recipe

Indian cuisine more particularly in vegetarian cuisine the stature of Paneer Butter Masala is noteworthy. It is one of those lip-smackingly delicious dishes that is liked by one and all. But have you ever wondered why this dish made in restaurants is such a heart-winner while the one you cook at home doesn’t turn out as good? Even we tried many recipes with different permutations & combinations and different readymade garam masalas but nothing matched similar to what one gets outside. This is when we got to know this super Easy Paneer Butter Masala recipe courtesy of a school-friend and voila we were never so happy with our vegetarian culinary skills!

Who invented Paneer Makhani or Paneer Butter Masala?

Paneer is the heart (dil) or Delhi (Dili) isn’t it! Delhites add paneer in almost every dish to make it extra special. from chole-bhatura to samosa to bread pakora, Paneer or cottage cheese is added in all. Surely it adds that creamy yumminess and we love it. So the origin of one of the most loved dishes of Paneer has to be the capital city of India itself. Interestingly, the origin of this dish dates back to the 1950s and one of the most famous restaurants, Moti Mahal is credited for the same. No doubt it is a typical Punjabi dish with the goodness of butter (makhan) in it.

Here is our Perfect Paneer Butter Masala Recipe, do try it!


Paneer cut into small cubes- 400 gms.

Onion (roughly chopped) – 2 Medium

Tomato (roughly chopped) – 4 Medium

Bay leaf – 2 Nos.

Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch

Black Cardamom – 1 Nos.

Green Cardamom – 1 Nos.

Red Dried Chili – 4-5 Nos.

Cloves – 5-6 Nos.

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 6-7 cloves

Milk – One cup

Cashew nuts – 6-7 Nos.

Poppy Seeds – 1 Tbsps.

Salt according to the taste

Green Chilies (Slit)- 2

Kasuri Methi – 2-3 Tbsps.

Butter for cooking the curry 3-4Tbsps. + 1 tbsp. – Ghee (Clarified butter)

Fresh Cream for garnishing


-> Put the onion, tomato, cashewnuts, dried red chilies, poppy seeds, ginger, garlic, cardamoms & all other whole spices to boil in a pan.

-> Once the onions get translucent and tomatoes are pulpy turn off the gas. Let this mix cool down.

-> Before grinding this cool down mix, remove the bay leaf and also keep only desired amount of red chilies for grinding. Lest this easy paneer recipe with gravy will become very spicy. Now grind the rest ingredients into fine paste.

-> Now heat the butter-ghee in a wok, and add the slit green chilies, same bay leaf which was boiled and the extra whole Red chilies if any remaining from the boiled mixture.

-> Let these flutter for a minute at medium heat and then add the smooth blended onion-tomato mixture.

-> Cook until the oil separates. Now reducing the heat add milk and kasuri methi to the gravy masala and mix well. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil.

-> Add paneer chunks either as it is or after shallow frying them. Garnish this super easy Paneer Butter Masala Gravy with a little Kasuri Methi & fresh cream.

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This paneer recipe with gravy is not only easy to make but also very ‘makhani‘ (buttery). Having cooked this recipe a number of times we can safely say that there is no requirement of adding any kind of readymade Paneer Butter Masala. This Paneer Makhani can be best enjoyed by pairing it with butter naan or butter roti.

Do give this recipe a shot. Let us know if you really found this Paneer Butter Masala recipe restaurant like and whether or not it was super easy to make?

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(13) Comments

  1. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    This one is my girl’s all time favorite recipe and I make it at least once in a week by similar method, you shared in this post. also, it was interesting to read who have invented this recipe, it was a new information for me.

  2. My kids are crazy for Paneer and your recipe seems so easy and yummy, I will try this for kids to relish this weekend.

  3. Preeti Chauhan says:

    Well said ,most vegetarians like me add paneer to our daily meals for our portion of protein .Thanks for sharing this easy and tasty Paneer Butter Masala recipe!

  4. Paneer is mine and my daughters favorite and definitely this is my try for tomorrow recipe looks amazing delicious. Thank you for sharing

    1. Do let me know if you liked the taste 🙂

  5. The Champa Tree says:

    Paneer makhani is everyone’s favorite. The recipe that you shared would probably be the easiest one till date.

  6. My entire family loves paneer and I am always in the look out of some great recipes to try out. This one seems just perfect to make our sunday lunch happy tomorrow. I am gonna try it and share my experience with you. The picture is drool worthy by the way.

  7. I make paneer butter masala just the way you mentioned and it is not less than any restaurant one. And adding kasturi methi adds more to the taste. Thanks for sharing.. People do try this way you will love it.

  8. My family loves paneer and I experiment a lot with it. This is a simple yet yummy recipe. Will try it over the weekend.

  9. Oh so yum! Will try this as these days everyone wants something yummy but homemade. This serves the intentions.

  10. Mouthwatering recipe. Paneer is always my favorite food and definitely try out this recipe.

  11. Sakshi says:

    You know my mum makes it exactly like this! First sauteing the ingredients and then grinding them makes a huge difference to the taste! My mouth is already watering now!

  12. I love this recipe of yours and I will definitely try your tips and tricks to make it so tasty like how you have made looks so yummy also

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