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Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala

This cottage cheese curry is a famous north Indian food item eaten with roti (Inidan bread) or naan. Loved by kids and elders alike, this curry is a tasty delicacy with creamy texture. A favourite of all Indians, you would find this in all major Indian restaurants of Melbourne.

Let's check the method of preparing it:

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 to 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Fresh cottage cheese
  • (chopped in triangles)  - 500 grams
  • Butter - 5 tbsp
  • Oil- 1 tsp
  • Bay leaves - 2 or 3
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cinnamon - 2 (one inch stick)
  • Crushed red dried chillies - 2
  • Crushed coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Sliced onion - 1 cup
  • Ginger paste - 2 tsp
  • Garlic paste - 2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Chopped tomatoes - 5 to 6
  • Kasoori methi - 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh cream - 2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste


  • Take a frying pan, put 3 tbsp butter and 1 tsp ghee and heat it.
  • Add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, partially crushed coriander seeds and red chillies in it.
  • Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add chopped onions into this pan and cook till it turns pink.
  • Add ginger and garlic pastes and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Tomatoes, red chilli powder and coriander powder needs to added now.
  • Cook on high flame till oil oozes out of the mixture.
  • Crush and puree the mixture.
  • Now take another pan, add some butter in it.
  • Cook the puree for a while in this pan.
  • Add paneer slices and water into it.
  • After adding salt as per the taste, cook this curry for five more minute keeping the lid of the pan closed.
  • Once its done, sprinkle kasoori methi to add aroma.
  • Add cream at the end and mix lightly.
  • Serve with hot rotis, parathas or naans.

Instead of enjoying this super delicious curry from Indian restaurant in Melbourne, cook at home and  win compliments from friends and family! Happy cooking!!

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