Paneer Butter Masala (no onion-garlic)

a rich, delicious and creamy dish made with indian cottage cheese and spices. It can be eaten with all kinds of bread.


  • Paneer (cubes, 1 1/4 cups or 200 gms)
  • Butter (3 tsp)
  • Cloves (2)
  • Cardamom (pods, 3)
  • Cashews (soaked, 12)
  • Red chilies (kashmiri, 12)
  • Cooking Cream (3tbs) or Full Fat Milk (6 tbs)
  • Oil (4 tsp)
  • Jeera [Cumin] (seeds, 1 tsp)
  • Ginger (chopped, fine, 2 tsp)
  • Fresh Cream (2-3 tsp)
  • Tomato (chopped, fine, 2 cups)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Kasuri Methi [Dried Fenugreek Leaves] (2 tsp)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Category: Curry

Serves: 4

Paneer butter masala recipe video


  • Soak chilies, cashews, cloves and cardamom in three separate bowls in hot water.
  • Let it rest for 30 minutes at least.
  • Heat a deep skillet to medium and add 2 teaspoons of oil.
  • Add chopped ginger and sautee for 2-3 minutes and set aside.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy.
  • Grind red chilies, cashews, ginger, tomatoes to a fine paste.
  • Heat a deep skillet to low and add butter and oil.
  • Add cumin seeds and then add the ground paste.
  • Add the required salt.
  • Cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add the clove-cardamom water extract.
  • Add the cooking cream and then add paneer cubes.
  • Mix gently.
  • Add kasuri methi leaves while adding the leaves crush it with your palms to enhance the flavor.
  • Add the fresh cream.

Step by step pictures

  1. Soak chilies in hot water.

2. Soak cashews in hot water.

3. Soak cloves and cardamom in hot water.

4. Add chopped ginger.

5. Add tomatoes and cook for 10- 15 minutes.

6. Cooked tomatoes.

7. Add soaked chilies, ginger and cashews in a grinder bowl.

8. Add cooked tomatoes to the ginger, cashew and chilies.

9. Add jeera in the butter-oil mix.

10. Add the ground paste.

11.Add the filtered cardamom-clove water.

12. Add fresh cream to make the gravy rich and creamy.

13. Add the paneer cubes.

14.Add kasuri methi.

15. Add fresh cream.