Learn to make Paneer Butter Masala Recipe | How To Make Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala | Paneer Makhani recipe with an easy video tutorial. Paneer Butter Masala is one of the most popular paneer (Indian cottage cheese) dishes which is so full of amazing flavors. It is smooth, rich, buttery, creamy and can be made in a jiffy. This particular Restaurant Style paneer dish is served in almost all the Indian restaurants.
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What is Paneer Butter Masala?
Indian Paneer Butter Masala aka Paneer Makhani is a rich, creamy, and buttery Indian cottage cheese curry. Paneer butter masala is one of the most popular vegetarian curries served in Indian restaurants. In this dish, paneer is dunked in a buttery, creamy, tangy, spicy and classic sauce. This curry is not just a curry, this is pure deliciousness.
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What is Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala?
Let’s talk about this Paneer makhani today. This version of curry is exactly the kind that you get in Indian restaurants. So this particular butter paneer masala can get you the taste you get at Indian restaurants. Why am I sharing it today? Because I know everyone loves this popular Indian curry, and I just realized that I haven’t shared it on my blog.
Paneer Butter Masala is one of the most popular paneer dishes which is so full of amazing flavors. This is rich, buttery, creamy and can be made in no time. This particular paneer dish is served in almost all the Indian restaurants.
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How to make your own paneer (cottage cheese) at home?
I love making paneer, it’s so satisfying! For me, making paneer is so much fun because it is super easy. Really, making your own paneer is as easy as cake. That’s why I prefer to use homemade paneer when it comes to curry or any other recipes made with paneer. Yes, this time also I made paneer at home. If you want to make your own paneer then you can check out the video video on ‘how to make paneer’.
Can I replace butter with oil for Paneer Butter Masala Recipe?
I guess, no. But you can surely add a combination of butter and oil. I also used some butter in this curry because there is no paneer butter masala without butter. However, I tried to healthified this curry by using a combo of oil + butter.
So I wouldn’t claim that this ranks high on a healthy recipes chart, but I would surely claim that this is a very delicious curry. You know what, I haven’t made this curry in a long time, but I love to have this curry once in a while. And I guess once in a long time, oily and buttery stuff is just fine. The problem comes when you are eating them every day. Isn’t it?
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Can I replace paneer with some other cheese for Paneer butter masala recipe?
Yes, you can. You can Halloumi, it works well too. Sometimes when I don’t have paneer in hand, I make the same sauce with halloumi, or tofu. Other times I use a combination of halloumi and paneer. I gotta tell you that halloumi tastes just awesome in spicy Indian gravy. YUM YUM! This time, I only used paneer, but feel free to add halloumi to this curry. Oh well, the more cheese the better! That means spicier cheesy goodness for you and your family! 🙂
What is the perfect texture of Gravy for paneer butter masala?
Creamy, buttery, and rich. There is butter + oil, onions, ginger-garlic, tomato puree, spices and lots of cream. If you want dark red/orange color like you get in a restaurant then add Kashmiri Lal Mirch. It’s not very hot and gives a nice color. Go crazy and don’t be afraid of cream! The more cream = More creaminess = Richer taste. 🙂
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How to make VEGAN version of this Paneer Butter Masala?
If you want to make a vegan version of this curry, then, I have got you covered. You can make the vegan version of the same curry by swapping some ingredients:
- Use vegan cheese instead of paneer.
- Use Coconut butter instead of butter.
- Use Cashew cream instead of cream.
- Your vegan butter paneer is ready to devour.
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Why would you love paneer butter masala?
If you love paneer then you will surely love this delicious paneer curry. This incredibly delish curry is a treat for paneer lovers. The gravy is thick, rich, and bursting with creamy and spicy goodness!! This curry goes so well with naan or any other flatbread.
You may also like these other paneer recipes:
- Mint Coriander Tandoori Roti
- Besan Stuffed Lauki Curry
- Rajasthani Khoba Roti
- Achaari Aloo Gobi
- Steamed Besan Gatte Ki Sabzi
Paneer Butter Masala - Paneer Makhani (Step-by-step photo instructions)
Making Butter Paneer:
- Heat 4 tablespoons butter and oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Also, add the bay leaves, cloves, black cardamom and sauté for few seconds.
- Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes.
- Now, add ginger-garlic paste, Kasuri methi, and turmeric powder.
- Sauté everything for 2 minutes.
- After that, add salt and tomato puree. Mix well.
- Cook covered for 4-5 minutes.
- Add Kashmiri red chili powder, kitchen king masala, garam masala powder, and 1/4 cup cream.
- Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add paneer cubes and mix well.
- Now add 2 tablespoons of cream and mix everything well.
- After that, add 1/3 cup of water, and 2 tablespoons butter. Mix well.(You can add more water, if needed).
- Cook covered for 7-8 minutes or till oil leaves the sides.
- Garnish paneer butter masala or paneer makhani curry with coriander leaves, some cream, and serve hot with naan.