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Paneer Makhani (Paneer Butter Masala) (Restaurant Style)

Paneer Makhani is most popular North Indian dish which we order at restaurants. But now you can make this at home very easily. Earlier I shared how to make Kadai paneer – Restaurant style. I used canned tomato sauce for color and tangy flavor. It is made in butter as its name says makhani. it has very rich and creamy gravy. This is not the dish that you want to eat on everyday basis. This curry is perfect for parties or treat your family once in a while.


Enjoy, everyone!

Here’s the handy dandy printable:

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Paneer Makhani (Paneer Butter Masala)
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Yield: 4
  • Paneer – 7 oz (200 grams), cubed
  • Butter – 3 tablespoons
  • Tomato sauce canned – 1 15 oz can
  • Dried fenugreek leaves (Kasoori methi) – ¼ cup
  • Red chili powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin power – 1 teaspoon
  • Heavy whipping cream (Malai) – ⅓ cup
  • Water – ¾ cup
  • Salt – to taste
  1. Soak Kasoori methi in some water for 5 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan on medium heat.
  3. Once hot add tomato sauce.
  4. Add red chili powder, cumin powder, sugar, salt and Kasoori methi. Mix well.
  5. Partially cover the pan. Cook for 15 minutes or till butter starts to separate from sides. Stir in between.
  6. Add paneer. Mix well.
  7. Add heavy cream and water. Mix well and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  8. Then add remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Let it melt and mix well.
  9. Turn off the stove and serve hot.
Additional Info
- Red chili powder amount is to taste.
- Check your tomato sauce that it is salted or not. Add salt accordingly.
- You can adjust the water amount as per you liking gravy consistency.
- Serve with
1. Roti or paratha or naan
Sliced onions with few lemon drops
Buttermilk on side
2. Or with rice


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  • bhawna dubey February 26, 2013, 2:58 pm

    i wnt 2 spicy… my dish is nice.. but not 2 spicy

    • Kanan February 28, 2013, 2:25 am

      I am glad that It was nice Bhawna. if you want spicy then add more chili powder as simple, right?

  • archna makhni February 6, 2013, 2:11 am

    your recipes are really good.please tell me that tomato sauce in makhni paneer is crushed tomatoes . please tell which sauce it is.

    • Kanan February 6, 2013, 3:51 am

      Hi Archna,
      I have used store bought Goya canned tomato sauce. Hope this helps.

  • RUKSHA November 23, 2012, 4:12 am


    • Kanan November 23, 2012, 3:06 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. do try this curry. it tastes same as restaurant’s and very easy to make.

  • Nandita Pai August 6, 2012, 4:09 am

    Oh yum, I would definitely want to try this out soon! Looks delicious :)

  • prasad July 25, 2012, 1:14 pm

    That looks really delicious. I’ll have to make that soon because I haven’t had Indian for awhile. andhra kitchen

  • Vidya July 18, 2012, 6:15 pm

    rich and creamy curry…love the step by step pictures….

  • Payal's Cafe July 16, 2012, 11:23 am

    This looks great! Too delicious to resisit.

  • jemini July 15, 2012, 3:22 pm

    looks yummy and delicious

  • supriya July 15, 2012, 6:37 am

    Looks delicious.

  • Sammie July 14, 2012, 3:01 am

    wow Kanan! This paneer recipe looks terrific! Definitely restaurant style! haha.. Some day I’ll make it on a special occasion! :)

  • Jayasri July 13, 2012, 8:00 pm

    Mmm…, looks so delicious.., Just need it in a plate with roti.., completely satisfied customer.., beautiful step wise clicks dear..

  • Kavitha July 13, 2012, 6:42 pm

    looking yummy and delicious….mouthwatering recipe and lovely color :)

  • anne July 13, 2012, 2:44 pm

    The paneer itself looks really delicious ! And added into that mouthwatering sauce it must tastes fabulous ! Drool ! :D

  • LinsFood July 13, 2012, 1:52 pm

    This looks super tasty! I bet lots of people are going to start making this!

  • Lizy July 13, 2012, 12:45 pm

    love the deep red color…thanks for all your efforts in posting with lots of pictures…

  • Asmita July 13, 2012, 12:28 pm

    This really looks like a restaurant dish. Yummy!

  • sowmya July 13, 2012, 12:13 pm

    looks nice and spicy..

  • meghana July 13, 2012, 11:49 am

    yummy recipe. love the color.

    - Meg’s Delicious Adventures

  • ATasteOfMadness July 13, 2012, 8:57 am

    Oh my goodness, your pictures are gorgeous! You are making me so hungry, and it’s 1 in the morning! I just want to make this now!

  • SouthIndianRecipes July 13, 2012, 3:23 am

    That looks absolutely tempting

  • Cass @foodmyfriend July 13, 2012, 1:35 am

    So good! Your wok looks very impressive :) I need to get a wok burner in my kitchen so I can use my wok! Yummy curry, once again :)

  • Priya July 12, 2012, 10:36 pm

    Wat a delightful dish, wish to have simple with some naan.

  • yummychunklet July 12, 2012, 8:18 pm

    That looks really delicious. I’ll have to make that soon because I haven’t had Indian for awhile.

  • Cakewhiz July 12, 2012, 6:43 pm

    This looks delicious! I have always wanted to make paneer makhani but i always got scared to do so since it looked complicated but your step by step instructions are very very helpful :)

  • Viki's Kitchen July 12, 2012, 6:19 pm

    Perfectly made dish….looks so delicious.

  • Mahi July 12, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Simple process n delicious outcome! :) looks yum!

  • meena July 12, 2012, 3:54 pm

    wow this looks so delicious. everytime i go to a restaurant and order gravy dish i bug them to tell me how they get this gravy but they never tell. thanks to blogging now i know the gravies some what hehe

    so perfectly made kannan

  • Runnergirlinthekitchen July 12, 2012, 3:19 pm

    I love kasoori methi, its adds that twist in dishes. This one is soo creamy and yumm

  • Lavanya July 12, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Creamy & yummy gravy…very tempting!!!

  • jeyashrisuresh July 12, 2012, 1:40 pm

    Mouthwatering and finger licking gravy

  • Swetha July 12, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Ah looks lovely the deep color of your dish.

  • PT July 12, 2012, 12:41 pm

    perfectly made.. looks like actual restaurant made gravy..

  • Roshni July 12, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Love the deep colour of your dish…

  • Love2cook Malaysia July 12, 2012, 12:28 pm

    Scrumptious butter masala…salivating here!