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Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala | Paneer Makhani
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Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala

Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala is a popular recipe where Paneer cubes are simmered in a mildly rich onion tomato cashew nut based gravy
Course curry, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, north indian
Keyword curry, healthy, indian keto recipes, keto, low carb, paneer butter masala, paneer makhani, paneer recipes, restuarant style, under 30 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 360kcal
Author bhavana


  • measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml
  • 200 grams Paneer (cottage cheese),cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup Cashewnuts OR 18-20 Cashewnuts
  • 2 Green cardamoms
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 1-2 bayleaf
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder or use kitchen king masala
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh cream(full fat)
  • 2-3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin/Jeera seeds
  • 2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder (i used everest kashmiri lal brand)
  • 1.5 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 cup water


  • Put the onions,tomatoes,cashew nuts,ginger, garlic,spices and 1 cup of water into a pan and bring to a boil.
  • Cook on medium flame for at least 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Blend to a smooth puree/paste.
  • In a pan, heat the oil,butter,add the jeera and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add kashmiri red chili powder,bay leaf,give a quick stir.
  • Then add onion-tomato pureed mixture.Close lid and cook on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the paneer, kasoori methi,garam masala,salt.Mix well and bring the mixture to boil.
  • Finally, gently stir in the cream and paneer butter masala is ready to serve.
  • Serve hot with chapatti, naan,rice and onion slices.


1.You can also freeze onion-tomato puree/paste(makhani gravy) and make paneer butter masala when you have less time for cooking.
2.If you think gravy is too thick add water or milk accordingly.
3.Adding fresh cream gives a rich taste to the gravy ,incase you do not have cream at home then replace with 1/4 cup of full fat milk.
4.You can also shallow fry paneer and add to the gravy.
5.You can also cook tomato onion nut mixture in Instant Pot on MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK on high for 5 Minutes and Natural Pressure Release and follow same steps.
Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 10.5mg | Calcium: 358mg | Iron: 0.8mg