Paneer Makhani (Paneer Butter Masala + Video)

Paneer Makhani is a rich, decadent, mildly spiced and creamy curry that is one of the most favourite and preferred paneer curry in Indian restaurants. Cubes of paneer cooked in a cashew and tomato-based makhani gravy, cream and spices. One of the popular restaurant style paneer gravy recipes that pair well with naan, chapati, kulcha, Jeera Rice.

paneer makhani in a bowl with onion slices and coriander in small bowls

Paneer makhani also known as paneer butter masala is the most favourite paneer curry that is much preferred for any party or special occasions. Check out other restaurant-style recipes in this blog here Paneer Jalfrezi, Potato 65, Methi Malai Paneer, Paneer Majestic

As always, you will find the full ingredients list with measurements and detailed recipe instructions in a separate recipe box underneath the text section. To bypass the text section choose “SCROLL TO RECIPE” or “PRINT RECIPE” or click the “SCROLL TO VIDEO” option to watch the full video of this recipe. All options are located at the beginning of the post.

paneer makhani recipe variations

For no onion-garlic version curry, you could substitute onion and garlic with asafoetida to infuse garlicky flavour to the curry.

For healthy version, you could swap in yogurt for double cream. Mix in whisked yogurt along with kasoori methi at the end.

How to make perfect paneer makhani?

To make delicious and perfect paneer makhani, use fresh and soft paneer.

Always use red, ripe and flavoursome tomatoes. Unripe or sour tomatoes ruins the taste and flavour of this classic curry.

Cashews add creamy and silky consistency to the sauce, so do not skip or substitute it with other nuts.

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Ingredients

1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml 

For makhani sauce (base gravy)

Oil: 2 tbsp

Onion: 2 medium, roughly chopped

garlic: 4 cloves

Ginger: 1 inch, peeled and roughly chopped

Tomatoes: 3 medium, chopped

Cashews: 1/4 cup

Green cardamom: 3

Cloves: 4

Cassia bark (dalchini): 1 inch

For curry

Butter: 3 tbsp

Chilli powder: 3 tsp

Garam masala: 1 tsp

Coriander powder: 1 tsp

Salt: as required

Sugar: 1/2 tsp

Water: 1/2 cup

Double cream: 1/4 cup

Paneer: 200 gms, cut into cubes

Kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves): 1 tsp

Instructions

Soak cashews in hot water for 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan on medium flame, add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and sauté for few seconds or until aromatic.

Now add onion, ginger, garlic and sauté for a couple of minutes or until onion turns soft.

Add tomatoes, sauté and cook for 5-8 minutes or until they are soft.

process shot of cooking onion tomato and cashew masala

Allow tomato mixture to cool down.

Grind soaked cashews and tomato mixture to a smooth makhani sauce.

onion tomato cashew mixture in blender before and after grinding

In the same pan, heat butter on low flame.

Add chilli powder and keep stirring for a few seconds.

Now add makhani gravy, water and mix well.

Add garam masala, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, sugar and mix until well combined.

Now increase the heat to medium and cook gravy for 10-15 minutes or until the butter separates from the gravy.

Add paneer cubes, double cream and cook for 3-5 minutes and turn off the heat.

Finally, crush dry fenugreek leaves between palms and mix well.

process shot of making paneer makhani curry

Serve hot and delicious paneer butter masala with naan or chapathi or jeera rice.

close up shot of paneer makhani

Tips & Tricks

If the paneer is hard, soak them in warm water for 5-10 minutes to make it soft.

Do not skip dry fenugreek leaves as it adds subtle flavour to this dish.

Sugar enhances the tomato flavour in the curry, you could swap the honey for sugar.

You could swap ginger-garlic paste for fresh ginger and garlic.

We generally prefer thick gravy, you could add more water while cooking to get a thin gravy.

You can add little water while grinding if you find it difficult to get smooth paste without water.

If you are planning to make this dish for a party, you can make a makhani sauce ahead and keep it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. On party day just toss paneer with rest of the dry spices, cream and makhani gravy.

Notes

Double cream is termed as heavy or whipping cream in the US. In some countries, it is labelled as thickened cream.

Adjust the spices to suit your taste preference.

More Curry Recipe Ideas:

Baby Corn Masala

Potato Mushroom Curry

Green Peas Masala

Capsicum Masala

close up shot of paneer makhani

Paneer Makhani (Restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala)

Geetha
Paneer Makhani is a rich, decadent, mildly spiced and creamy curry that is one of the most favourite and preferred panner curry in Indian restaurants. Cubes of paneer cooked in tomato based sauce, cream and spices.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Curries, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 293 kcal

Ingredients
  

1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml

    For makhani sauce/base gravy

    • 2 tbsp Oil
    • 2 medium Onion roughly chopped
    • 4 cloves Garlic
    • 1 inch Ginger peeled and roughly chopped
    • 3 medium Tomatoes chopped
    • 1/4 cup Cashews
    • 3 Green cardamom
    • 4 Cloves
    • 1 inch Cassia bark (dalchini)

    For curry

    • 3 tbsp Butter
    • 3 tsp Chilli powder
    • 1 tsp Garam masala
    • 1 tsp Coriander powder
    • Salt as required
    • 1/2 tsp Sugar
    • 1/4 cup Double cream
    • 200 gms Paneer cut into cubes
    • 1/2 cup Water
    • 1 tsp Kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves)

    Instructions
     

    • Before you get started, scroll up a little and watch a quick recipe video.
    • Check the notes and tips at the bottom of the recipe for extra info and help.
    • Soak cashews in hot water for 10-15 minutes.
    • Meanwhile heat oil in a pan on medium flame, add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and sauté for few seconds or until aromatic.
    • Now add onion, ginger, garlic and sauté for couple of minutes or until onion turns soft.
    • Add tomatoes, sauté and cook for 5-8 minutes or until they are soft and mushy.
    • Allow tomato mixture to cool down.
    • Grind soaked cashews and tomato mixture to a smooth paste.
    • In the same pan, heat butter on low flame.
    • Add chilli powder and keep stirring for few seconds.
    • Now add makhani sauce, water and mix well.
    • Add garam masala, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, sugar and mix until well combined.
    • Increase the heat to medium and cook gravy for 10-15 minutes or until butter separates from gravy.
    • Add paneer cubes, double cream and cook for 3-5 minutes and turn off the heat.
    • Finally crush dry fenugreek leaves between palms and mix well.
    • Serve hot and delicious paneer butter masala with naan or chapathi or jeera rice.

    Video

    Notes

    If the paneer is hard, soak them in warm water for 5-10 minutes to retain its softness.
    Dry fenugreek leaves add a subtle flavour to this dish, so try not to skip it.
    Sugar enhances the tomato flavour in the curry, you could swap the honey for sugar.
    You could swap ginger-garlic paste for fresh ginger and garlic.
    Adjust the spices to suit your taste preference.
    We generally prefer thick gravy, you can add more water while cooking to thin it down. 
    You could add little water while grinding if you find it difficult to get smooth paste without water.
    If you are planning to make this dish for a party, you can make a makhani sauce ahead and keep it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. On party day just toss paneer with rest of the dry spices, cream and makhani sauce.
    ** Nutritional information provided here is estimated and for guidance only. Please refer my Recipe Disclaimer for more details.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 293kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 7gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 92mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1236IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 199mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword mild and creamy paneer curry, paneer butter masala, paneer makhani, restaurant style paneer butter masala, restaurant style paneer curry
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