Paneer Butter Masala is a delicacy which is made all over India. The dish is very popular and is mostly made in restaurants. This dish is made with paneer or Indian cottage cheese. The steps to make Indian cottage cheese or paneer can be found here. Whenever we go to restaurants on veg days like Monday or Thursday, we end up ordering paneer butter masala. It tastes yummy with naan or roti.
My family loves this butter paneer masala. I have been making it since the past few years, especially for small family parties. The gravy is made with onions, tomatoes and spices. The gravy is smooth, rich and creamy and tastes just like restaurant style paneer butter masala. My daughter loves paneer and I make different types of dishes with paneer for her.
I have used fresh cream to garnish the paneer butter masala. But this is optional. Also you can lightly fry the paneer pieces before adding it to the gravy. The paneer butter masala gravy can be added to lunch box along with jeera rice, salad and mango pickle.
I have not used any type of food color to make the gravy. The Kashmiri red chilli powder added to the gravy plays a dual role – first of adding mild spice and second is that it imparts a lovely color to the curry. I have also strained the gravy using a strainer after blending to make it look smooth just like the one served in restaurants. So presenting to you – Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala.