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Paneer Butter Masala

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Paneer Butter Masala

  • Veg
  • 40 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy



Paneer butter masala or cheese and butter masala is the perfect option for vegetarians or people looking to reduce the amount of meat in their diet. It is one of the more popular paneer recipes in Punjabi cuisine. It is a perfect blend of spiciness and creaminess and pairs well with almost any Indian bread, rice, or vegetables. You can eat it as a meal or as a small portion of a much larger meal.

Health Benefits

Many people may be skeptical of the health benefits to be found in paneer; after all, we’re often told to limit the amount of cheese we eat. But paneer does have some pretty strong health attributes. Its calcium content helps to build strong bones and teeth. It is an amazing source of conjugated linoleic acid which is a fatty acid responsible for weight loss. This compound strengthens and intensifies the fat burning processes in the body.

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How to Make Paneer Butter Masala

  1. Grind the chopped onions, garlic,and ginger into a coarse paste.
    1. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1/2 tbsp butter in a heavy bottom pan.
    1. Add cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and cardamom.
    2. Cook for 4 seconds.
  3. Add the paste.
    1. Cook till it turns a golden brown.
  4. Add all the dry powders, sugar, and tomato puree.
    1. Cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add 2 cups of water and reduce heat to low let the gravy simmer for 8 minutes.
    1. Mix in cream, the remaining butter, Kasuri methi,& paneer.
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Cook till paneer is soft.
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander.
  9. Serve and enjoy!


Paneer was mentioned in the Vedas as far back as 6,000 B.C.

Mansi Singh

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