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Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala

Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala

Looking for your all time favorite vegetarian Indian curry? Drop the takeout menu and check out this recipe for Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 440 kcal


  • Blender


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 dried red chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 2 tablespoons cashews
  • 4 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup water
  • 14 ounce paneer cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi dried leaves (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped leaves


  • In a saute pan, add cooking oil and heat to medium heat. Add cinnamon stick, peppercorns, cloves, bay leaf, dried red chili to the oil. Allow to cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add ginger and garlic pastes and cashews to the whole spices. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add the chopped onions and tomatoes and stir to combine. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. Stirring occassionaly.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool to the touch. Remove as many of the whole spices you can find. Blend the tomato and onion mixture until smooth.
  • Return the tomato and onion mixture to the saute pan and cook at medium heat. Add butter, turmeric, garam masala and salt. Also add water and stir to combine. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Add paneer cubes to mixture and allow to heat through. Remove from heat.
  • Top with kasuri methi and cilanto, if using. Serve warm with buttered naan!


Calories: 440kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 17gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 667mgPotassium: 365mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1200IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 504mgIron: 1mg
Keyword paneer, tikka masala, curry, paneer tikka masala
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