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Butter Paneer Masala

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Friday, May 14, 2010 | 4:16 PM

 I had my friends over for lunch this afternoon. Made some simple Indian food on demand. On the menu we had naan, saffron rice, cucumber raita, carrot kosmalli, sago/sabudhana/tapioca payasam, chole and  butter paneer masala.. Though I have made this before I did not feel the need to blog about it until now. The reason according to me is because I used a new ingredient that I feel made all the difference to the dish. Its the tomato paste called Tukas.

 It not only provided great flavor and taste to the butter masala but also added the ever sought after orange/red color. Usually, the orange color is mostly created with food coloring which I am not a big fan of. This tomato paste acts as a great substitute for tomatoes. It does not have food coloring or preservatives and comes in a bottle. It has a great taste when compared to the regular tomato paste the you find in the local market.You can find them in some Indian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean stores in your area. They also sell pepper paste which I have not tried. All I can say is that it has become an important product in my kitchen. I make soups, rasam, sambar, chutney, all north Indian side dishes using tukas tomato paste instead of tomatoes and they always help me create delicious food for my family and friends. My Food Finds (MFF) for this week.

Butter paneer masala is a rich and luxurious side dish that is very popular and most sought after. There are many recipes that prepare it with the addition of cashew nut paste. The recipe below is a nut free version and was served for lunch this afternoon.


Heavy bottom pan.
Cutting board
Measuring cups and Spoons


Onion ( Red ) - 1 cut finely
Ginger - 1 inch grated
Garlic - 5 cloves cut finely
Cilantro chopped for garnish
Kasthuri Methi - 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp(optional)
Pepper - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Milk - 1  cups or more
Fresh Cream - 1/2 cup
Tukas Tomato Paste - 2 tbsp heaped
Agave/ honey - a few drops
Butter - 2 tbsp
Oil - 2tbsp
Gopi Paneer - 1 packet


1. In a heated pan add 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp oil and allow it to warm up.

2. Add cumin seeds, finely chopped onions, garlic and ginger with some salt and allow it to cook well. Allow to cool and blend into a fine paste.

3. Add tomato paste and 1 cup of water and allow it to cook for a few minutes. On medium heat add turmeric, coriander, cumin, chilli, garam masala , pepper powders and kasthuri methi and mix well. Allow to cook and add 1/2 cup water. After a few minutes add onion paste and cook for 3 minutes.

4. In a wok add 1 tbsp oil and butter each and roast the paneer cubes in medium heat. Keep toasted them until all sides are toasted.

5. At this point the tomato onion gravy must have thickened. Add milk, cream and agave and allow them to blend well. Add the toasted paneer and allow to simmer for a few minutes. 

6. Garnish with cilantro and serve it hot with rice, tortillas, naan or roti.


  1. what a delicious and creamy butter paneer..thanks for introducing tukas tomato sauce.. delicious lunch platter too.

  2. Delicious and easy to make. Lunch platter is so inviting. Lucky your friends. will try tukas tomato paste.

  3. Creamy and perfect PB masala u've got

  4. Wow, Srimathi, can I get that entire plate please? Lovely looking curry, I am beautiful

  5. Yummy platter...I can grab ...butter paneer looks yum

  6. Hy Dear,

    awesome recipe with fascinating are breaking your own records again n again...Keep rocking dear.

  7. Yummyyyy.. looks very tempting.. delicious platter.. :)

  8. Omg, cant take my eyes from the click...wat a prefect paneer masala, makes me hungry..btw regarding ur q"n about strawberry cookies, they didnt turned the mixture watery, as i used quinoa and oats together, i think if u r using simply the flour, it will definitely turn them sticky..hope i cleared ur doubt..

  9. Wow Srimathi butter paneer looks very delicious and colorful.Very nice lunch platter.Nice clicks.Thanks for introducing Tukas Tomato paste.

  10. A truly delicious platter,all the dishes are tempting. Perfect butter paneer masala,loved it.

  11. Its a big treat to eyes,what a panner butter masala.Excellent looking dish and i am sure would have licked the bowl empty

  12. Rich, creamy and delicious! Fantastic meal platter!

  13. Can I come for lunch Srimathi ? Beautiful presentation. Loved the consistency and the colour of the gravy.

  14. wow sri Can I come over there for having those spread... I am drooling over the platter which is making me hungry now....

  15. the gravy look really creamy and tempting..the store bought tomato paste does give a nice flavour and a slight sour friend uses this and her PBM just tastes awesome..

  16. Butter paneer looks great and more than that the spread is killing me !

  17. It looked so delicious that I decided to make some and I followed the exact procedure and it came out superb.. Tooo good.

  18. Lovely platter. I love your idea of categorising dishes according to cooking time. :)

  19. Wish I was at the party! the menu is toooo tempting. All the dishes look yum!!

  20. this is such a classic, i will never tire of paneer butter masala recipes! i have to go looking for this tomato paste now :)

  21. Wow what a spread, everything looks fabulous ! Loved the paneer butter masala and thanks for introducing tukkas tomato paste. I have never seen it and love that it comes in a bottle unlike the canned ones I get usually ! Will check it out...

  22. It is so lovely! This is a one whole meal for me! Thanks for sharing this new recipe to me!

  23. wow that second foto is amazing we are drooling here.. nice spread.. the butter panneer masala looks rich and creamy and you got that nice color too.. will try to see whether we get that brand here...

  24. Platter is very inviting and mouth watering!!

  25. Hi Srimathi
    1st time here..what a beautiful and eyecatching platter...great recipes...

    do visit me if time permits...

  26. I love the whole thali. Good to know that I am not the only one who is crazy to cook a whole meal for others. Thanks for the lovely comments. I usually don't blog hop unless I really have some free time to kill which is very rare with two kids around all the time.

  27. Yummy this looks amazing. That last photo with the naan made my mouth salivate. Going to try this out for sure.

  28. this looks so mouth-wateringly yumm!!!:) i love love love paneer butter masala and have been looking for a good recipe - and this is the answer! i dont know if i get this brand of tomato paste here, but will keep a look-out for it. thanks for putting this up :)


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