Paneer Makhani, also known as Paneer Butter Masala, is a popular dish in Indian cuisine. It is a rich and creamy dish made with paneer (cottage cheese) and a tomato-based gravy, laced with Indian spices. This dish is traditionally served with Indian bread like naan or roti, but can also be enjoyed with rice. Its origins can be traced back to the Punjab region of India, and it is a staple in Punjabi cuisine. Its nourishing ingredients and hearty flavour make it a favourite for both regular meals and festive occasions.
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Heat oil and butter in a pan. Add chopped onions, green chilies, ginger-garlic paste and sauté until golden brown.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until they soften.
Let the mixture cool, then transfer to a mixer and blend to a smooth puree.
Transfer the puree back to the pan, add red chili powder, turmeric, garam masala, salt, and water. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add paneer cubes and cook for another 5-6 minutes.
Garnish the dish with fresh cream before serving.
Serve hot with naan, roti or rice.