Paneer Butter Masala Recipe with step by step pictures and instructions. Learn how to make famous paneer butter masala in easy and simple way. Paneer Butter Masala is one of the famous side dishes we order in restaurants. This is one of the very first dishes which I tried to make during my initial stages of cooking. I have adapted many dishes from this recipe. It is one of the best vegetarian side dish for any Indian breads. Addition of cashews, cream and butter gives very creamy texture to the gravy. I always add milk to substitute for cream when I don't have cream in stock.
I always make homemade Paneer for any dishes which requires paneer. Homemade Paneer is fresh and so soft and easy to make too. You can add red food color to get nice bright color like we get in restaurants. Using Kashmiri red chilli powder also gives bright color. I always use homemade red chilli powder so never get that bright color in gravy/curry. I used almonds instead of cashews and it came out good. Do try and let me know your feedback. You can also try the below recipes.
How to make Paneer Butter Masala in Home with step by step pictures
Heat water in a pan and blanch the onions and tomatoes. Boil it for 8-10 minutes.
In the same water soak the almonds/cashews for 15 minutes and peel the skin.
Take blanched onions in mixer.
Grind the onions to smooth paste.
De-skin the tomatoes and transfer to mixer.
Puree the tomatoes
Grind the almonds/cashews adding little water to fine paste. Shallow fry the paneer in pan and keep it ready
Heat oil and 1 1/2 tbsp of butter and temper with bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves
Then add onion paste and ginger garlic paste and saute nicely for 5 minutes.
Now add almond/cashew paste and saute nicely
Then add pureed tomatoes and saute nicely for 5-7 minutes
Then add all spice powders and 1 cup water and allow it to boil nicely. Add 1 1/2 tbsp of butter at this stage.
Now add milk, Kasuri methi and allow it to boil for few minutes.
Add the paneer pieces, cream to the gravy and mix nicely for 1-2 minutes.
Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves and serve.
Paneer Butter Masala is ready