Paneer Butter Masala

In this popular recipe, chunks of fresh cottage cheese are cooked in a rich creamy onion tomato masala and a good dose of butter. Serve it with rotis or paranthas- a perfect meal for lunch or dinner. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Paneer Butter Masala
Main Ingredients Paneer (cottage cheese), Butter
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 11-15 minutes
Cook time 26-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Paneer Butter Masala

  • 500 grams Paneer (cottage cheese) cut into triangles
  • 5 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 one-inch Cinnamon
  • 2 Dried red chillies broken
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander seeds crushed
  • 1 medium Onion sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 5-6 medium Tomatoes chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Kasoori methi crushed
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh cream
  • for garnish Coriander sprig


  1. Heat three tablespoons butter with one teaspoon oil in a kadai. Add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies and half of the crushed coriander seeds. Sauté for half a minute.
  2. Add onion and stir-fry for thirty seconds and add ginger paste and garlic paste. Cook for another thirty seconds. Add coriander powder, red chilli powder and tomatoes. Cook on high heat till oil leaves the masala. Puree the mixture.
  3. Heat the remaining butter in a non-stick, cook the pureed mixture for two minutes. Add paneer pieces and salt. Add ½ cup of water. Cook covered on low heat for five minutes.
  4. Sprinkle kasoori methi and mix in lightly. Remove from heat and mix in cream. Serve hot, garnished with coriander sprig.

Nutrition Info

Calories 2233
Carbohydrates 45.1
Protein 102.2
Fat 182.6