Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Paneer Butter Masala-Restaurant Style Recipe-Step by step pictures

Paneer butter masala is a delicious Punjabi dish made with paneer (Indian cottage cheese). After I did jeera pulao and paneer butter masala for a small get together, my friends wanted a step by step recipe for it, so here I am with a step by step recipe for India's most popular paneer recipe. Today we will learn how to make paneer butter masala (Restaurant Style) in a very easy and simple manner.

Paneer butter masalaPaneer Butter Masala recipe-Restaurant style
Serves 3-4

Ingredients needed

Onion -2
Tomato puree - 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste -1 tbsp
Paneer - 200 grams (I used home made paneer)
Cashew nuts -2 tbsp
Kasuri Methi -3/4 tsp (dry fenugreek leaves)
Salt as required

Spice powder

Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

For the seasoning

Butter- 2 tbsp+ Oil -1 tbsp
Whole garam masala - ( Cinnamon -1 inch piece, cloves- 2, cardamom -1)

For garnishing

Fresh cream - 1/4 cup (dairy cream)
Finely chopped coriander leaves

Preparation
Making paneer butter masala is a breeze if you keep all the 4 paste ready.

Onion Paste -Remove the skin, chop the onion into 4 pieces and boil them in water for 10 minutes. Drain the water and grind it to a paste

Tomato puree - Blanch tomatoes- (ie) put them in boiling water and close it. After 10 minutes, drain the water, remove the skin and puree the tomatoes.

Cashew nut paste - Soak 2 tbsp of cashew nuts in hot water for 15 minutes and grind it to a paste

Ginger garlic paste -1 tbsp

Cut paneer into cubes

Method

Heat 2 tbsp butter +1 tbsp oil, add whole garam masala, when it splutters , add onion paste and saute till it becomes golden brown, then add ginger garlic paste and saute for some more time.


how to make paneer butter masalaThen add cashew nut paste and saute nicely for a few minutes till the raw smell goes.

Then add tomato puree and all the spice powder mentioned under spice powder.

how to prepare paneer butter masala
Cook till the raw smell of the tomato goes and it starts leaving oil .

Meant time shallow fry the paneer in just 2 -3 tsp of oil till it becomes slightly brown.

Add the paneer cubes to the cooked tomato paste.

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Add 1/2 cup of water, needed salt, kasuri methi and coriander leaves. Simmer and cook for a few minutes.

Garnish with fresh cream and serve with pulao or roti or chapati.

Paneer Butter Masala-Restaurant Style RecipeHope you found it easy. So next time you can prepare restaurant style paneer butter masala at home itself and win the appreciation of family members.

Important tips for beginners

You have to brown the onions or onion paste well. Do not add tomato paste before that.

Do not add water without cooking the tomatoes well. You have to cook till the tomatoes starts leaving oil, only then, you should add water.

Adjust water according to the consistency required.

The above tips are common for most of the Punjabi subzi/ side dishes.

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.com

87 comments:

  1. Looks very delicious ....n yum

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  2. Paneer butter masala is an all time favourite. Looks very tempting :)

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  3. Mmmm..that looks delicious...Very useful tips and step wise pics.

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  4. awesome paneer masala..i love this

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  5. nice tips padhu..... thank q very much...

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  6. nice one, love the rich orange colour :)

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  7. Very delicious and awesome looking paneer masala..thanks for sharing

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  8. Nice recipe. One more tip to add to your list. I have found deep frying the paneer and then soaking them in salted water for a minute and then squeezing the water out is an excellent way to cut back on the oil content in the dish.

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  9. i tried your paneer butter masala yesterday.
    It came out delicious and tasted like restaurant one.Thanking for sharing this and for ur help in making this.

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  10. Is Blanching tomatoes done by boiling in hot water? I thought the traditional Indian way is to slow cook with little oil in a pan and covering it with a lid until cooked but not using water. Both tastes are quite different.

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  11. definitely looks promising!!!! one question..is adding not required in this recipe..as i have read some people use cream and some use cashew nut..bit confused...what difference will it make...anyways...nice blog...i am subscribing it and will be promoting it...

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  12. Tried this recipe today. All my guests simply loved it. Thanks for sharing this.

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  13. Hi Padhu tried this receipe this weekend dint expect these many compliments even small kids asked for more thank u thanks alot padhugaru
    from now i vl try all ur receipes ... Pavani

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  14. hi.. it looks yummy..where do we get fresh cream in US?

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  15. i made this tonight! was sooo good and easy to make after prep :)

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  16. Wow what an awesome reciepe. This one is defintly going in my indian cuisine section in my cookbook :) Theres a lot of preperation but after that its pretty simple to make. My boyfriend commented that it smelled and tasted just like he had in the resturants. It had lots of variety of tastes packed in one dish..superb! thanks padhu :)

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  17. It's very nice recipe. Thank you for sharing it.

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  18. wow Thanks To you my wife did a great dish :)

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  19. Great recipe...i have tried it, came out so well.Thanks..keep post some western recipies also....

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  20. Tried this recipe yesterday and it was awesome similar to the ones we get in the restaurants and also hassle free.Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  21. hi Padhu, recipes are great and really really simple to follow and cook. I had tried this "PBM", really a cool one ! people in my house liked it and me too..! Thanks for the "Simpler Recipes".
    :)

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  22. I have got to tell you this Padhu! Your recipes never go wrong. I have tried Panneer so many times and every time I make I feel something is missing and infact gave up making panneer for a while. Yesterday I was browsing through your blog and saw this recipe and thought will give one shot last time and bingo! It was awesome. Everybody at home loved it and I felt so happy and satisfied. Thank You very much for sharing this recipe. It would be nice if you can publish a book with all your recipes. I will definitely buy it!

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  23. Hi.. instead of cashews can we add peanuts or coconut ?? will that change the taste or consistency ?

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  24. Dear Poorni
    Yes, it will alter the taste.

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  25. Thank you lady...
    I was just thinking about some dishes with which I can grab my Husbands heart.. :) :) :)

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  26. I tried this and turned gr8.. thanks

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  27. andhra kitchen What a perfect and fresh summer meal. Loving your contribution here, Thorough, inspiring, delicious.

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  28. this is awesome... nice guidance for beginners like me... :)

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  29. hi,

    I made this recently. I totally avoided the butter because of weight issues. Still none could make out and the dish was awesome - typical restaurant style food. Thanks for such a great recipe.Shobana.

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  30. Padhu, I have tried ur mango rice recipe before..It has come out superb....Today I tried ur paneer butter masala which as u have shown in pictures came out really good... Now I have become a grt fan of ur cooking..

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  31. Managed to prepare decent dish first up....thanks

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  32. thanx padhu garu i made dis recipe sterday it was soo good and tasted like a restaurant one..n was soo happy n self satisfied.. plzz upload more restaurant like recipes.. :)

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  33. Amazing Recipes. Lovely Paneer butter masala just tried it today with jeera rice. Thanks for ur easy and tasty recipes

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  34. thanks padhu.. i tried it out today and it came out very good and tasty.. thanks for the detailed recipe.. my parents just loved the dish..

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  35. Hi Padhu, Tried your recipe today and it's fabulous :) glad it's as detailed as it is. thanks for sharing!

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  36. Hi Padhu, very good recipe.. loved the taste. It really tasted like it does in restaurants. Thanks!

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  37. Hi Padhu, thanks for the recipe and I would love to try it. But I have a problem in using ground onions. whenever i use the ground onions(boiled or raw, either ways it doesn't turn out good. It turns bitter or retains the raw smell, even after I fry it in medium flame until it turns golden brown. I make sure to remove the root of the onion before using it. So, not sure what else would be the problem. Do you have any idea?

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  38. Hi Deepika, if that is the case, you can try sauteing the onions in 2 tsp of oil and then grind it to a paste. Sorry for the late reply as I was busy with Diwali celebrations

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    1. I'm new here but reading comments I will make this dish asap.I'm sure it will make my family happy.I'll let you know

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  39. hi Padhu,

    I tried this recipe.. it came out well.. i have been looking for a blog like this.. with day to day recipes and simple ones.. so happy to find your blog.. keep up your great work...

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  40. Wow !! It was awesome experience to cook & taste it, thanks million for sharing it.

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  41. Had to make a dish fr 10 ppl fr a party in clg n I decided to try out ur paneer butter masala.as I dint hve garam masala at home n I was lazy to go buy I added kitchen king masala instead and I was a bit short of tomato puree so added a bit of tomato ketchup n also half glass of milk with fresh cream. N I must say d dish was really gud. . .thanks padhu . My friends loved it.. a bit high on calories though.. hehe

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  42. Wow, such a great recipe. I tried it and it turned out really awesome. I got the great comments from everyone. Thanks for your all recipes.

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  43. Hi Padhu,

    I have become a great fan & admirer of yours by trying your many items including puliogare. paneer butter masala, aloo peas curry etc...Your measurements will be perfect..The way you explain recipe is good..Thank u so much.. Waiting for your many more coming dishes..

    Deepa

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  44. Padhu, excellent... My roommmates used to rate me as bad cook... but today I am so proud of Paneer Butter Masala I cooked. Everyone congratulated me because of you... Thanks a lot. You have lot of talent. Major attraction was the clear explanation you given. Very good... Keep it up...

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  45. thank u for a nice recepie i will make this one at home................

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  46. It really comes well...And the credit is all yours..Thank you:-)

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  47. I started trying out ur dishes recently..Everything have come out so well. I shared many photos in fb and got compliments.Thanks to u.. Even today morning I made this for chapathi n it is really good.I am so happy.Thank u dear.And may I know u r from which place?And what u do.?
    Love take care
    Neha

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  48. Hi padhu thanks alot for this excellent recipe I tried and it came out very well :-) My hubby loved it :-)

    Leela

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  49. Superrrr Recipe...will defiantly try for coming weekend....!!!!! yumsssssss..
    my husband loved Panner....

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  50. Hi padhu, I made this recipe today and all my family members and friends loved it. Thanks a lot for detailed recipe.

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  51. Tried it... And it turned out really very well... I added just a pinch of ajinomoto to give it bit restaurant taste... Just too good... I prefer you blog over sanjeev kapoor and tarla dalal many a times...

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  52. Hi...I am a beginner,,,,,I have tried this receipe today and it turned out delicious..your receive is much better than any other chefs....I always follow your recipes....When people praise about my dishes, I thank you for bringing this to us....Thanks a lot.....you are star

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  53. can u plz tell me hw many tomatoes and onions??

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  54. I had tried many of your receipes Padhu and this one rocks,,Keep the good work doing,,,your guidance always keep me up as good Chef in front of mah frends,,,many thanks,,

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  55. This one rocks , Padhu!!! Tastes just like the hotel style.. U r such an inspiration:):)

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  56. Your guidance is so accurate and this one rocks!! Great work, Padhu!! U r truly an inspiration:):)

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  57. When I need to check a recipe, and I google for it, my first choice these days is padhu's kitchen as compared to Sanjeev kapoor or Tarla dalal. Your instructions are simple and easy to follow. Keep up the good work!

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  58. FOLLOWED THE INSTRUCTIONS TO A T AND VIOLA... ultimate dish ready

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  59. Thanks for the recipe... it really does taste like what you get in restaurant ... YUM

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  60. Thanks for the Recipe.. My Mom and Wife got Stunned and Shocked.. Infact they were not trusting my one time kitchen visit and started to prepare alternate dish.. But.. It all happened.. Thank You very much..

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  61. Hi Padma...thanks a lot for your recepies. Here you asked to blanch onions and tomatoes.why is it so.cant we make its puree directly without blanching?kindly guide.thanks again :)

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  62. Ashy baby - Blanching gives a different taste. You can do it without blanching also. In that case you have to fry the onions and tomatoes well and then make a paste otherwise you might get raw smell.

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    1. Thank you for the response. This trick was something that I was unaware of !

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  63. when we have to addd cashew paste????????

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  64. Remya -I have written it clearly. Add after sauteing the ginger garlic paste well.

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  65. Tried this yesterday and it came out well. My husband loved it and told it sure tasted like the one in restaurant. Thank you very much for sharing this. You are my cooking guru.

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  66. Hi I like the way you presented step by step,I hv prepared many dishes from ur site really tastes osum.thank you

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  67. Padhu, I tried your paneer butter masala last week and it came out really well than I expected. My husband liked it very much and he told it tasted better than restaurants. I felt very happy and satisfied. Thanks a lot Padhu for sharing your recipe.

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  68. i fall in love with this dish! lol :D

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  69. I have tried other recipes for the same dish no one stands close to this . wonderful

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  70. I tried dis n it turned out utterly butterly delicious, luvd it...

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  71. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. It came out really well. Got good comments from family thanks to you :-)

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  72. Hi there

    I love visiting cooking blogs and I stumbled upon yours when I wanted to make sambhar. . Bored of the way I make sambhar, yours provided the perfect recipe. My husband loves paneer and I decided to try out your recipe and needless to say this one is awesome. The step by step recipes with the clear explanations make it so easier. . I am grateful and thank u so much.. This is definitely a keeper.. god bless.

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  73. Hi padhu.. Thanks for your receipe.. I have a doubt.. You have mentioned coriander powder in this receipe.. Does that mean coriander seeds powder or coriander leaves powder.. Please advise..

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    1. Coriander powder means only coriander seeds powder.

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  74. Hi padhu... I look to ur blog for making at least one dish a meal.. And after a month... Not a single one has gone wrong !! My son loves all of them.. Thanks padhu.. Your recipes have changed the opinion of many in the house about my cooking.. Love your work.. Keep posting new ones !! Thanks again

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  75. Padhu, thank you so much! Love all your recepies. I am a working mother and new to cooking... ur blogs are so helpful beyond words can say :) keep up the good work

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  76. This recipe has great flavor! It was fun to make our own paneer for it too. Thanks!

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  77. Hi Padhu, I have tried several recipes of yours and all of them have turned out to be very tasty. Thank you for sharing such a huge variety of recipes and helping newly weds as me to gain confidence

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  78. Contd.. Confidence in cooking . And impress my family :D keep up the good work. And continue posting new varieties of dishes.
    Cheers!!

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  79. Wow!! It really smelled and tasted like restaurant food.. thanks a lot..

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