(no onion-garlic) paneer butter masala, paneer recipe without onion garlic

creamy, tangy and a spiced tomato and paneer based dish made without onion and garlic.
4.9 from 19 votes

no onion no garlic paneer butter masala recipe. creamy, tangy and a spiced tomato and paneer based dish made without onion and garlic. 

paneer butter masala recipe

paneer is one ingredient that is liked by us and so i do make many dishes with it. the paneer butter masala recipe i make is much appreciated at home and the recipe posted on the blog has been tried and tested my many readers.

so i thought of sharing a no onion no garlic paneer butter masala too. generally onions are not added to paneer butter masala gravy. the garlic added in the form of garlic paste, does contribute towards the overall flavor of the dish. here we have used asafoetida to mimic the garlic flavor and some whole spices.

to make any butter masala or makhani gravy, you need tomatoes. and the tomatoes have to be ripe, red with a mild sweetness. avoid using tomatoes which are sour or ‘khatta’ as we call in hindi. the gravy becomes sour and addition of sugar does not help much. this butter masala gravy is not very heavy or rich as i have not used cream and added less cashews. if you want you can add cream. i have mentioned the proportions in the recipe instructions and step wise pics below.

you can make this recipe during navratri fasting by skipping the asafoetida, garam masala powder, kasuri methi and adding rock salt instead of regular salt. i have also posted no onion no garlic version of palak paneer.

like all gravy dishes, paneer butter masala goes well with chapatis, tandoori rotis, naan, steamed rice or jeera rice or ghee rice or saffron rice.

if you are looking for more paneer recipes then do check:

no onion-garlic paneer butter masala

4.9 from 19 votes
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:50 mins
creamy, tangy and a spiced tomato and paneer based dish made without onion and garlic.
paneer butter masala recipe without onion and garlic
Course:main course
Cuisine:north indian,punjabi
Servings:4
Calories:262kcal

INGREDIENTS FOR no onion-garlic paneer butter masala

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for tomato puree

  • 4 medium tomatoes Or 300 grams tomatoes Or 2 cups diced tomatoes- pureed

for cashew paste:

  • 15 to 18 cashews, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon water for grinding cashew

whole spices for paneer butter masala

  • 1 tejpatta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 to 3 cloves (lavang)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 1 single strand of mace (javitri)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

other ingredients for paneer butter masala

  • 200 to 250 grams paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch
  • 1.25 cups water or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon ginger paste Or ½ inch ginger - crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 1 green chili (hari mirch) - slit
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - crushed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 tablespoon low fat cream (optional)
  • ¼ to 1 teaspoon sugar, add as per taste and depending on the sourness of the tomatoes
  • salt as required

HOW TO MAKE no onion-garlic paneer butter masala

preparing cashew paste

  • soak 12 to 15 cashews in a hot water for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • then drain and add the soaked cashews in a blender or grinder.
  • add 2 to 3 tbsp water and grind to a smooth paste.
  • remove the cashew paste and keep aside.

preparing tomato puree

  • in the same blender add chopped tomatoes.
  • blend to a smooth tomato puree. keep aside.

making paneer butter masala without onion garlic

  • now heat 2 to 3 tbsp butter in a pan or kadai.
  • allow the butter to melt.
  • then add the whole spices mentioned above in the ingredient list.
  • saute the spices till they become fragrant.
  • add ginger paste and saute the ginger paste till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.
  • add the prepared tomato puree. stir very well and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • then add 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder.
  • stir and saute the tomato paste till you see fat releasing from the sides and top.
  • then add the cashew paste.
  • begin to stir and mix the cashew paste very well with the tomato paste. continue to saute on a low to medium flame, till you see specks of fat on the sides or on the top.
  • then add water and stir very well.
  • bring the gravy to a boil and then add ginger julienne and slit green chilies.
  • season with salt. check the taste and add sugar as required. i added 1/4 tsp sugar. you can add from 1/4 tsp to 1 tsp depending on sourness or 'khatas' of the tomatoes.
  • when butter masala gravy thickens a bit and you see fat specks on the top, then add paneer cubes. simmer for a minute.
  • now add crushed kasuri methi and garam masala powder. at this step, if you want you can add 2 to 3 tbsp of low fat cream or 1 to 2 tbsp of whipping cream.
  • stir and switch off the flame.
  • garnish this no onion no garlic paneer butter masala with chopped coriander leaves.
  • serve paneer butter masala with chapatis, rotis, steamed rice or jeera rice.
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preparation for no onion no garlic paneer butter masala

1. soak 12 to 15 cashews in a hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. when the cashews are soaking, you can prep the other ingredients like chopping tomatoes, slicing paneer etc.

kaju for paneer butter masala recipe

2. then drain and add the soaked cashews in a blender or grinder.

cashews for paneer butter masala recipe

3. add 2 to 3 tbsp water and grind to a smooth paste without any tiny bits or pieces of cashews.

paste for paneer butter masala recipe

4. remove the cashew paste and keep aside.

paste for paneer butter masala recipe

5. in the same blender add 2 cups of diced or roughly chopped tomatoes. no need to blanch the tomatoes before blending.

tomatoes for paneer butter masala recipe

6. blend to a smooth tomato puree. keep aside. don’t add any water while blending the tomatoes.

puree for paneer butter masala recipe

making no onion no garlic paneer butter masala

7. now heat 2 to 3 tbsp butter in a pan or kadai.

butter for paneer butter masala recipe

8. allow the butter to melt.

butter for paneer butter masala recipe

9. then add the following spices – 1 tejpatta (indian bay leaf), 2 to 3 cloves, ½ inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 1 single strand of mace and a pinch of asafoetida (hing).

spices for paneer butter masala recipe

10. saute the spices till they become fragrant.

spices for paneer butter masala recipe

11. add ½ tsp ginger paste. stir and saute the ginger paste till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.

ginger for paneer butter masala recipe

12. add the prepared tomato puree.

puree for paneer butter masala recipe

13. stir very well and simmer for 3 mins. if the mixture splutters, then just cover the pan or kadai partly with a lid.

making paneer butter masala recipe

14. then add 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch. if using any other red chili powder, use ½ tsp of it.

chilli for paneer butter masala recipe

15. stir and then saute the tomato paste till you see fat releasing from the sides and top.

making paneer butter masala recipe

16. then the cashew paste.

paste for paneer butter masala recipe

17. begin to stir and mix the cashew paste very well with the tomato paste.

cashew paste for paneer butter masala recipe

18. continue to saute on a low to medium flame.

making paneer butter masala recipe

19. saute till you see fat specks on the sides or on the top. the masala paste would also reduce.

preparing paneer butter masala recipe

20. then add 1.25 cups water. for a thick consistency, you can add 1 cup water.

water for paneer butter masala recipe

21. again stir very well.

water for paneer butter masala recipe

22. bring the gravy to a boil and then add ginger julienne (½ inch ginger, julienne) and slit green chilies ( 1 green chili, slit).

ginger for paneer butter masala recipe

23. then add salt.

salt for paneer butter masala recipe

24. check the taste and add sugar as required. i added ¼ tsp sugar. you can add from ¼ tsp to 1 tsp depending on sourness or ‘khattas’ of the tomatoes.

sugar for paneer butter masala recipe

25. when the gravy thickens a bit and you see fat specks on the top, its time to proceed to the next step.

making paneer butter masala recipe

26. add paneer cubes. simmer for a minute.

paneer for paneer butter masala recipe

27. then add 1 tsp kasuri methi (crushed) and ½ tsp garam masala powder. at this step, if you want you can add 2 to 3 tbsp of low fat cream or 1 to 2 tbsp of whipping cream.

kasuri methi for paneer butter masala recipe

28. stir and switch off the flame.

stir paneer butter masala

29. garnish the delicious no onion no garlic paneer butter masala with 1 to 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and serve with chapatis, pudina paratha, butter naan, steamed rice or jeera rice or biryani rice or garam masala rice or ghee rice.

paneer butter masala recipe no onion no garlic


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79 comments/reviews

  1. the instruction are so easy and clear to follow ….. thumbs up for your honest effort… with lots of love from Kathmandu….

  2. Before plan to prepare food on week ends,first i check ur site,will get new recipe. Thanks for all ur wonderful recipes.thanks

  3. Hi
    Am a big fan of urs ….I have tried ur so many recipes n all r super awsm n mouthwatering.Thanking you for motivating so many people lyk me…u r gr8 n doing gr8….do posting new recipes

  4. I love all of your recipes. I tried so many and loved all of them. Instructions are step by step with pictures which make a huge difference. I don’t use any other website for recipes. I am HUGE FAN of yours. Keep up the great work! Today, I had non Indian friends came for lunch and I made no onion garlic paneer butter masala. They loved it. Their 2 years old son also loved it 🙂 Thank you so much for everything you do!

    • we are very pleased to know your guests loved the no onion no garlic paneer butter masala recipe. you are welcome always and thankyou for your honest and kind words.

  5. Wonderful I tried gobi paratha it was wonderful, thanks. Pls share sum more without onion garlic sabzi recipies

  6. Today I tried this recipe. Really fantastic….
    Actually your all recipes are very good.l like your blog

  7. Love your recipe to the max! I am vegan so is it possible to substitute paneer cheese to some other ingredient?

  8. HI. Just wondering if you have posted a vegetarian schwarma recipe. Happy Diwali 0: )…Khushi

  9. Ma’am can you kindly send list of all the ‘no onion no garlic’ recipes please all ur recipes are life and time savers

  10. warm greetings

    your recipes are the best.simple and so easy to follow.the photos help a great deal.every recipe I have attempted was a success.
    please can you inbox me a basic recipe for super soft roti.

    thank you

    • thanks kantha. for super soft roti, add a 2 to 3 tsp of oil in the dough. and you can also knead the dough with warm or hot water. even dough kneaded with milk makes for soft chapatis.

  11. REALLY MAAM 4 POSTING MOUTHWATERING TASTE RECIPE. IN BENGAL DURGAPUJA IS CELEBRATING,I WL COOK IT N POST MY TASTE.HOPE GRACE OF KRISHNA IT WL BE DELICIOUS.THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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