Savory Paneer Butter Masala

Today is my Mom’s Birthday and this is her favorite 😉 Love you & miss you Mom!

Without saying much I will get talking about the recipe-

Paneer Butter Masala  (Cottage Cheese cooked in tomato onion base)

Paneer Butter Masala (Cottage Cheese cooked in tomato onion base)


Paneer (Cottage Cheese) – 250 grams

2 tbsp ghee/ oil as preferred

1 tsp cumin seeds, 2-3 bay leaves, Cardamom- 2-3, Cloves- 3-4, Cinnamon sticks (Dalchini) – 2-3

2 Onions- Chopped/puree (Preferable Puree)

Ginger paste- 1 tsp; 6 – 7 garlic cloves paste,

3 medium size tomatoes Chopped/puree (Preferable Puree)

Chili powder to taste (Kashmiri Chili Powder: slightly milder and adds color)

1 tsp garam masala;  2-3 tsp coriander powder;

Salt to taste

30 ml cream

Curd- 2 tbsp

1 tsp sugar

Chopped Corriander


To make the tadka, heat the ghee or oil in a heavy pan until hot, and add the bay leaves cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom and cloves- once they crackle add the pureed onions and sauté them until they are golden brown and fried properly, this will take about 10-15 minutes. Now add the garlic and ginger paste and fry for another ten minutes. You can add a tbsp water if the gravy starts sticking to the pan at any point.

Now add the pureed tomatoes and stir for about fifteen minutes until the tomato is soft and cooked.  Also add – the chili powder, coriander powder,  & garam masala when you are adding the tomato puree. Stir and let it cook for approximately 15 minutes. Now add the beaten curd followed by sugar and salt.  Add little water for the gravy (about half a bowl)

Next add fresh paneer cubes. Bring it to boil. Add the cream and garnish with chopped coriander.

There you are!  Serve with hot Chapattis, Parathas or any bread of your choice.