Paneer Butter Masala


This is a basic paneer butter masala recipe that you get in most Indian restaurants. This dish goes well with either rice or naan.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • ½ pound paneer, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 onions, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste

  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste

  • 1 tablespoon ground cashews

  • 1 teaspoon ground red chiles

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon garam masala

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ½ cup half-and-half

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; fry paneer in batches until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer fried paneer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, retaining vegetable oil in skillet.

  2. Melt butter in the same skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add ginger paste and garlic paste. Continue to cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Stir cashews, ground red chiles, cumin, coriander, and garam masala into the onion mixture. Cook and stir for 1 minute.

  3. Stir tomato sauce, half-and-half, milk, sugar, and salt into spice mixture; simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add fried paneer and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

I think frying the paneer is an important step since paneer can become mushy if added raw. you can skip the step if you are concerned about fried food.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

469 Calories
41g Fat
15g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 469
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 947mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 451mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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