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Easy Paneer Makhani – Paneer Butter Masala

This Easy Paneer Makhani –Paneer Butter Masala is a quick and easy meal that comes together in just 20minutes. Delicious and perfect for meal prep, this paneer recipe will becomeyour go-to. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6




  • Dice the paneer to 1-inch cubes. Soak the paneer in a bowl in ½ cup milk for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse and grate the onion.
  • Puree the tomato.
  • Rinse and chop the bell pepper to 1 inch cubes.
  • Rinse and chop the cilantro finely.


  • Place a pan on medium-heat, and add butter to it. Add in cumin seeds, bay leaf, black cardamom pods, and cloves.
  • Once the cumin seeds splutter, add in grated/minced onions and sauté them until they turn golden-brown. Keep stirring and make sure they don’t burn. Further add in chopped ginger garlic paste. Stir well.
  • Add in the spices (Kashmiri chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric) and salt. Stir well. Then add in the bell pepper and let it sauté for about two minutes.
  • Add in pureed tomatoes and let them sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Moreover, keep stirring. Further add in the milk and paneer, and cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat until bell peppers are slightly softened.
  • Finally add in garam masala, heavy whipping cream and Kasuri methi. Mix well and turn off the flame. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with some cream cilantro. Serve with naan or steamed rice.


The whole spices (cardamom pods, bay leaf, and cloves can be discarded, they don't need to be consumed).
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