Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Paneer Butter Masala/Shahi Paneer/Paneer Makhani/Paneer in Creamy Silky Sauce

This is the first time I am making this dish and it came out great. I always though that making paneer dishes are complicated and would take up a lot of time, but trust me this is one of the quickest and the easiest gravy recipes that I have tried. It took up around 30 minutes and tasted great!

Serves - 2 - 3
Ingredients Required:

For the gravy (to blend):
Oil - 1 tblspn
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Onion - 1
Tomato -2
Ginger - 1 tsp, minced
Garlic - 3 cloves
Green Chilli - 1
Cloves - 3
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
Cashews - 4
Almond - 4

Masala Powder:
Dry Methi Leaves - 2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp

Garam Masala - 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Butter - 2 tblspn

Heavy Cream - 1/8 cup
Milk - 1/ 8 cup

Paneer - cubes as required (How to make Paneer?)

Cilantro - to garnish

How to make?
Soak the cashews and Badam in water so they soften.
Heat some oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon and chopped onions, and fry till translucent.
Add the minced ginger, garlic, chopped tomatoes, slit green chillies.
Close the pan and allow to cook till the tomatoes are tender.
Cool down and grind in a blender along with the soaked cashews and Almonds. Set aside.
Heat butter in the same pan and add the blended paste. Add all the masala powders. Slightly crush the methi leaves and add.
Add salt as required.
Close the pan and allow to cook on medium - low heat for about 5 minutes.
Add the paneer cubes and allow to cook in the gravy for about 5 minutes so the flavor blends in on medium low heat.
Add the heavy cream and milk, mix well.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with roti of your choice.

The butter can be replaced with oil.
The cream can be replaced with milk for lesser calories.
The paneer can be added as it is or toasted a bit in butter/oil and then added to the gravy.


  1. I have been hearing a lot of things about Masala. Hmm. Maybe, it's just time for me to try it. :) I'm wondering though, is it okay if I add more turmericcurcumin powder in the recipe?

  2. Yes you can add more turmeric and cumin to enhance the flavor.

  3. Droolworthy paneer masala, simply love with some rotis.