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Easy Paneer Butter Masala recipe

Updated on June 14, 2015

Comfort food

What greater comfort than than the aroma of freshly made food, the alluring and aromatic perfume of spices ... a fragrant symphony of delights that pleases the taste buds and comforts the soul.

The pace of life is such that every so often we must slow down and allow ourselves to catchup, this is the time to nourish the soul using different meduims and what better way than the comfort of a great tasting easy meal.

Here I present to you one of my favourites .... quick, easy and above all delicious

250 gms diced paneer

2 tbsp cashew paste or alternatively soak a handful of cashews and then ground with some water to a smooth paste

4-5 medium size tomatoes pureed or alternatively use puree (the riper and firmer the better the overall result)

1 green chili (and another for garnishing if required)

1 inch ginger (and another 1 inch piece julliened for garnishing if required)

2 spoons pureed garlic

1 bay leaf

1 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)

1 tsp garam masala

½ tsp red chili powder

1 tbsp oil + 1 or 2 tbsp butter

1.5 cups water

a few coriander leaves for garnishing (optional)

**salt and sugar as required - (or use cream as part substitute for sugar but note that adding cream to the recipe means for the purposes of taste that less sugar is added)

**Tofu can be used as an alternative to paneer


  1. heat oil and butter in a pan. add bay leaf till fragrant
  2. add ginger and garlic paste and fry till the raw aroma disappears.
  3. add the chilli powder and pureed tomato and stir well. allow to saute till the oil starts to ooze from the sides of the pureed tomato.
  4. add cashew paste and stir well. allow to saute till the oil starts to ooze from the sides of the mixture
  5. add water and stir allowing to simmer on a low flame.
  6. add julienned ginger and green chili, salt and sugar (if adding cream wait till end and then add cream) simmer till the curry begins to thicken.
  7. add the diced paneer cubes and cook for few minutes until soft do not overcook and allow to go dense.
  8. Add garam masala and kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) and stir.
  9. Finally Remove from heat and mix in cream. Serve hot, garnished with coriander leaves and with julliened chilli if required

Serve with warm naans and enjoy


available in all good Indian owned grocery stores
available in all good Indian owned grocery stores

all the ingredients listed can easily be sourced in most high street supermarkets and all good Indian owned grocers

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Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 3

Easy Paneer Butter Masala

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: per serving - approx
Calories 400
Calories from Fat243
% Daily Value *
Fat 27 g42%
Saturated fat 12 g60%
Unsaturated fat 6 g
Carbohydrates 29 g10%
Sugar 20 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 12 g24%
Cholesterol 30 mg10%
Sodium 906 mg38%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2015 Ak.Han


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