Paneer (cottage cheese) Butter Masala

The name itself tells us the 3 main ingredients in the recipe, they are Paneer (cottage cheese), butter and Masala. Masala is a term used in South Asian cuisines,  to mostly describe the mixture of spices. A masala can either be a combination of dried (and usually dry roasted) spices, or a paste. Made from a mixture of spices and other ingredients, often garlic, ginger, onions and chili paste. Masala’s  are used extensively in Indian cuisine to add spice and flavor.


Paneer (cottage cheese)
Butter 3 tablespoon
Cumin seeds I teaspoon
Bay leaf 1
Cinnamon stick 1 inch
Peppercorns 3
Cloves 4
Onion 1 medium size
2 tomatoes
Ginger paste 1 teaspoon
Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
Red chili powder 2 teaspoon (can be increased or decreased to preference)
Cream 1 cup
Water ½ cup


  • Cut Paneer into cubes (cottage cheese) and shallow fry it till its golden brown in color.  Set aside.
  • Heat butter
  • Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns.
  • Then add in the onions and sauté till slightly brown then add in the ginger and garlic paste and sauté till the ginger and garlic is cooked.
  • Add chili powder and sauté for 2 minutes
  • Add tomatoes and cook till they are soft
  • After the mixture cools down blend it into a paste.
  • Pour the paste back into the pan and add in the cream and water and bring it to boil.
  • Add  Paneer (cottage cheese) into the masala.




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