Cashew Paneer Butter Masala

3.50 from 2 votes

Usually cashews are used in paneer butter masala to thicken the gravy and make it rich. Here the cashews are used with a twist to give a different way to prepare the dish. Cashew paneer butter masala is a simple yet rich preparation.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Served AsDinner, Lunch
Servings 3


  • Paneer cottage cheese – 200 g
  • Cashews – 15-20
  • Green chillies – 2 cut into fine pieces
  • Black pepper – 4-5
  • Honey – 1 tbsp
  • Salt
  • cloves – 4
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Curry leaves – 4-5
  • Cinnamon – ½ inch stick
  • Onions – 2 large
  • Garlic – 7-8 pods
  • Ginger – A small lemon size piece
  • Tomatoes – 2 large
  • Turmeric powder -1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Oil – 4 tsp
  • Salt
  • Butter and chopped coriander to garnish


  • Cut the paneer into small cubes and place in a plate. Grind the cashews to a fine powder and coat the paneer liberally with it. Add the rest of the ingredients for marinade and mix properly. Cover and keep in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
    Cashew Paneer Butter Masala - Plattershare - Recipes, food stories and food lovers
  • After 1 hour, heat a non stick tawa and add 1 tbsp of butter. Add the marinated paneer and cook till golden brown. Keep aside.
    Cashew Paneer Butter Masala - Plattershare - Recipes, food stories and food lovers
  • Grind the onions, garlic and ginger into a fine paste.
    Cashew Paneer Butter Masala - Plattershare - Recipes, food stories and food lovers
  • Heat a wok and add oil. Add the bay leaf, cinnamon and cloves. After the aroma is released, add the onion paste and cook for 5-10 minutes till the raw smell goes away.
  • Grind the tomatoes into a paste and add to it and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Now add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt and cook for another 5 minutes. As the oil starts separating, add 2 cups of water and make it a thin gravy.
  • After it starts boiling, add the milk and simmer for another 7-8 minutes.
  • Now add the paneer pieces and mix gently. Cook for another 2 minutes and remove from stove.
  • Let it stand for another half an hour so that the paneer soaks in the gravy.
  • Before serving, add a tbsp of butter and sprinkle the chopped coriander. You can also heat it for 2 minutes in the microwave before serving.


  • Dont mix the curry too much once the paneer is added. This will prevent the paneer from breaking down.

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Priya Iyer(Anitha)

A foodie who likes to explore different aspects of the gastronomic universe

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