Paneer Makhani served in a white bowl sprinkled with roasted fenugreek leaves

Paneer Makhani

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  • Author: Simmer to Slimmer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Indian


Follow this easy and simplified recipe to make Restaurant-style Paneer Butter Masala or Paneer Makhani at home!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced to a fine paste
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cups finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup unsalted cashews
  • 500g (18 oz) paneer or cottage cheese diced into cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder, finely ground
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried and roasted fenugreek leaves(kasoori methi) for garnishing

Tools used


  1. Heat a wok or kadhai on medium heat and add butter. Once the butter melts, add onions and fry them till they are translucent and soft.
  2. Add crushed ginger and garlic. Fry them along with the onions for 30 seconds or so and then add cashews and tomatoes. Continue cooking the gravy till the tomatoes turn soft and mushy. Take it off heat and let this gravy cool for at least 10-15 minutes.
  3. Once it has cooled down, grind them to a fine puree. For a smooth and silky texture, pass this puree through a sieve. [Note: I used the soup setting on my Blendtec Blender and I didn’t have to sieve it]
  4. Add the sieved puree to the wok or kadhai and add water as needed to get the consistency you desire. Bring this mixture to boil. Do a taste check and add more salt (if needed).
  5. Add honey, cardamom powder,chilli powder and garam masala to this gravy and mix well. Gently fold in the cut paneer pieces. Let the gravy simmer for 5-10 minutes. Switch off heat and add 1/4 cup whole milk or cream to give it a creamy texture.
  6. Powder the kasoori methi by rubbing it between your fingers. Garnish the gravy with kasoori methi and mix well before serving.
  7. Serve hot with rotis or naan.

Keywords: Paneer Makhani, Paneer Makhanwala, Paneer Butter Masala