Paneer Masala – How to Make Restaurant Style Paneer (Punjabi Recipe)

by anamika on September 10, 2012

in Curries, Dry Vegetables

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Another Paneer┬ádish, yes! Paneer is something that is used on a very regular basis at home in┬ásome form or the other, I love the way it blends with any other ingredient and makes the entire dish so rich. I generally make┬ápaneer┬áburji at home, one – because it is too easy and quick to make and two – I can wrap it to the chapatis and give it to my kids without any┬áfuss, it’s to handy to eat for them. I also make Paneer Butter Masala that is loved at home a lot.

Paneer Masala (Indian Cottage Cheese) - Punjabi Style Recipe

Though I always love to eat Palak Paneer but my kids hate spinach and it takes me a hell lot of time to actually convince them to eat spinach. I made this semi dry paneer masala dish last weekend. It is so easy and at the same time delicious. Best fit for people who have busy lifestyle and for working professionals. All you need is very few ingredients and very less time in your kitchen. Bachelors or working professionals can cook this dish over the weekend and refrigerate it and can consume it within 2 days also, it wont loose its texture and taste. Heat it in the microwave and wrap this in ready-made chapatis or make a bread sandwich using this and your quick meal is ready.

Masala Paneer (Indian Cottage Paneer) - Restuarant Style Punjabi Recipe

So wear your chef caps at home and enjoy this restaurant style easy to cook Paneer Masala dish.

Masala Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) - Restuarant Style Punjabi Recipe

Paneer Masala (Indian Cottage Cheese) ÔÇô Restuarant Style Punjabi Recipe

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Paneer Masala (Indian Cottage Cheese) ÔÇô Restuarant Style Punjabi Recipe


  • - Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) ÔÇô 250 grams
  • - TomatoÔÇÖs (Chopped) ÔÇô 2 medium size
  • - Onions (Chopped) ÔÇô 1 large size
  • - Ginger Garlic Paste ÔÇô 1 teaspoon
  • - Coriander (Finely Chopped) ÔÇô 1 tablespoon
  • - Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • - Red Chilli Powder ÔÇô ?? teaspoon
  • - Garam Masala ÔÇô ?? teaspoon
  • - Dry Coriander Powder ÔÇô ?¢ teaspoon
  • - Salt to taste
  • - Oil ÔÇô 1 tablespoon


  1. Take a kadai, heat oil and add ginger garlic paste and saute for few minutes.
  2. Then add in chopped onions, saut?® for 3 ÔÇô 4 minutes on medium to low flame till light brown.
  3. Add in chopped tomatoes and stir, let it cook for few minutes till tomatoes go soft.
  4. Add in turmeric powder and stir, now add other dry masalas to it.
  5. Now add in the paneer cubes and mix well, let it cook on low flame for few minutes.
  6. Top it with chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame and cover the kadai with lid.
  7. Let the paneer rest in the masala for 5 minutes.
  8. Now serve this with hot chapatis or parathas.


Paneer Masala can be served with boiled rice, as a paneer wrap and even it can be sandwiched and grilled. If you want that extra redness in the recipe, you can use kashmiri mirch or else can add in 1/2 teaspoon of tomato ketchup.

Enjoy the restaurant experience at home with your loved ones with this Paneer Masala recipe!

Paneer Masala

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Kanan September 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

My husband likes paneer very much and thats why paneer curries are made often in my house too. This paneer masala is really simple, easy and tasty recipe. and I like this because it takes very less time. So I will try this method sometime.


madcookingfusions September 10, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Yes Kanan it’s too easy and quick, sure do try and hoping your hubby dear likes it too :)


Sanoli Ghosh September 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Super tempting paneer masala. I love paneer too much, so my mouth started to watering by seeing your lipsmacking recipe………lovely..


madcookingfusions September 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

thank you Sanoli :)


Asmita September 16, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Hi Anamika,
I am crazy about paneer. This looks wonderful! Will have to try this soon!


madcookingfusions September 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Sure Asmita, my daughter is also crazy about Paneer and I cook majorly keeping my kids in mind:). Glad you liked it!


peeyush January 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM

i love paneer masala so much


madcookingfusions January 3, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Thank you so much.


Poornima January 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Dear Anamika,

Before adding the paneer shall i fry the paneer with butter or ghee

its needed or not

Pls send reply.


madcookingfusions January 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Hi Poornima, there is no need to fry the paneer. Ensure you buy a soft paneer and not the frozen hard ones. If the quality of the paneer will be good the dish will automatically taste great. So I suggest do not fry, but at the same time if you want it to be extra rich then you can just shallow fry them. Do let me know incase you need any more help :)!


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