No Onion No Garlic Paneer Butter Masala (Satvik)

This Satvik No Onion No Garlic Paneer Butter Masala is a creamy, tangy and a spiced tomato and paneer based dish made without onion and garlic. 

Paneer is one ingredient that is liked by us and so I do make many dishes with it. The recipe of Restaurant style Paneer butter masala I make is much appreciated at home and the recipe posted on the blog has been tried and tested by many readers.

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No Onion No Garlic Paneer Butter Masala

So I thought of sharing a no onion no garlic paneer butter masala too. Generally, onions are not added to the 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 the 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 stepwise pics below.

You can make this satvik 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 recipe of No onion no garlic palak paneer.

Like all gravy dishes, it goes well with chapatis, tandoori rotis, naan, steamed rice or jeera rice or ghee rice or saffron rice.

No onion no garlic paneer butter masala (satvik)

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.

saoked cashews

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

soaked cashews in a blender or grinder

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

cashew paste

4. Remove the cashew paste and keep aside.

cashew paste in a bowl

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

2 cups of tomatoes in a blender

6. Blend to a smooth tomato puree. Keep aside. Don’t add any water while blending the tomatoes.

tomato puree

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

2 tablespoons butter

8. Allow the butter to melt.

melted butter

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

10. Saute the spices until they become fragrant.

sauteing the spices

11. Add ½ tsp ginger paste. Stir and saute the ginger paste till the raw aroma of ginger goes away.

adding ginger paste

12. Add the prepared tomato puree.

added tomato puree

13. Stir very well and simmer for 3 minutes. If the mixture splutters, then just cover the pan or kadai partly with a lid.

simmer the curry

14. Then add 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder or deghi mirch. If using any other red chili powder, use ½ tsp of it.

adding 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder

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

sauteing the tomato paste

16. Then add the cashew paste.

cashew paste added

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

mixing cashew paste

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

cooking makhani gravy

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

cooking makhani gravy

20. Then add 1.25 cups of water. For a thick consistency, you can add 1 cup water.

adding water to makhani gravy

21. Again stir very well.

mixing the gravy

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

adding ginger julienne

23. Then add salt.

adding salt

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.

cooking makhani gravy

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

cooked makhani gravy

26. Add paneer cubes. Simmer for a minute.

adding paneer cubes

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.

adding crushed kasuri methi

28. Stir and switch off the flame.

stir the gravy

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 cumin rice or biryani rice or garam masala rice or ghee rice.

no onion no garlic paneer butter masala
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No Onion No Garlic Paneer Butter Masala (Satvik)

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This Satvik No Onion No Garlic Paneer Butter Masala is a creamy, tangy and a spiced tomato and paneer based dish made without onion and garlic. 
paneer butter masala recipe without onion and garlic
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:north indian,punjabi
Diet:vegetarian
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients

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

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

other ingredients

  • 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 - slit
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - crushed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • 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

Instructions

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 no onion no garlic paneer butter masala

  • 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 with chapatis, rotis, steamed rice or jeera rice.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
No Onion No Garlic Paneer Butter Masala (Satvik)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 700mg30%
Potassium 224mg6%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1005IU20%
Vitamin C 11.6mg14%
Calcium 248mg25%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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79 comments/reviews

  1. Awesome paneer recipe and worth a try for Jain foodies!5 stars

    • thanks ritaja for positive views 🙂

  2. Amazing ? this is the best recipie that I have ever come across

    • thanks rupashi. glad to know that you liked the paneer butter masala recipe. happy cooking.

  3. thanks a ton. I was looking for some paneer recipe from long time because I do fast on Friday and I always have aaloo ki sabzi in dinner. but today I made paneer butter masala without onion and garlic, and it was yumm.

    • thankyou kiran glad you liked the paneer butter masala recipe.

  4. The recipe for Paneer Butter Masala without onion and garlic is simply amazing… Came out wonderful the very first time..5 stars

    • thankyou for your positive and kind words murali 🙂

  5. This is an awesome recipe really… It came out so well.. hats off to Dassana Amit..5 stars

    • thankyou murali 🙂

  6. In this recipe we have to fry the paneer or not ???

    • no need to fry the paneer.

  7. Osm I just love cooking seeing ur step by step instructions and it turns out good all the tym ! Tq ??????

    • welcome preethi. glad to know that step by step presentation helped you in cooking paneer butter masala. happy cooking.

  8. Tried mushroom fry recipe it was simply amazing…

  9. Simply superb…I prepared for my MIL as she doesn’t use onion and garlic… It really was tasty.. Thank you..4 stars

    • thankyou rashmi 🙂

  10. Simply delicious !!

    • thanks mital.

  11. Just lovely.I’ll surely try this.

    • surely try and thankyou so much sriya 🙂

  12. How many tomatoes

    • mentioned in the recipe card. 4 medium tomatoes or 300 grams.

  13. Hi Dasanna, the recipe was so simple and tasted amazing.. thank you. I follow a lot of your other recipes too. They are great.5 stars

    • thankyou so much aruna pleased to know this and god bless you 🙂

  14. thank you ! this helped me a lot.5 stars

    • welcoem sri and thankyou.

  15. my sunday lunch was awesome… as this Butter paneer masala turned out very good.. thanks

    • thankyou siddhi glad you liked the paneer butter masala recipe take care.

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

    • pleased to know this xeet thankyou for your positive and kind words 🙂

  17. Before plan to prepare food on week ends,first i check ur site,will get new recipe. Thanks for all ur wonderful recipes.thanks4 stars

    • welcome always swetha and thankyou 🙂

  18. 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

    • we are glad we could motivate people to cook thankyou for your kind and honest words 🙂 you are welcome shipra.

  19. 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!5 stars

    • 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.

  20. Its really nice recipe for paneer butter masala…thnx

    • thankyou and welcome santosh 🙂

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

    • thanks maya. i have posted many no onion no garlic recipes, sabzis included. here is the link where, you will find all the no onion garlic recipes – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/recipes/no-onion-no-garlic-recipes/

  22. Today I tried this recipe. Really fantastic….
    Actually your all recipes are very good.l like your blog5 stars

    • thanks for the feedback purabi 🙂

  23. healthy,tasty n fresh recipes No words to say Awesome!! realy5 stars

    • thanks farheen.

  24. good taste &very tasty 5*out of5*5 stars

    • thanks farheen.

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

    • vera, you can use tofu or extra firm silken tofu. this gravy goes well even with tofu. you can lightly saute the tofu before adding to the gravy.

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

    • happy Diwali to you too khushi 🙂 would take your request for veg shawarma on our file thanks.

  27. Thank you for this recipe. Good one for our child.5 stars

    • welcome rajat 🙂

  28. Ma’am can you kindly send list of all the ‘no onion no garlic’ recipes please all ur recipes are life and time savers5 stars

    • riya, all no onion no garlic recipes are posted here – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/recipes/no-onion-no-garlic-recipes/

  29. loved the way you have explained it .God bless you. thanks for sharing

    • welcome mansi thankyou so much and god bless you too 🙂

  30. Hello from Canada! I made this for lunch today and it was delicious. I can’t wait to enjoy the leftovers 🙂

    • pleased to know this marie 🙂 enjoy.

  31. Good n easy to make recipies.

    • thankyou suneeta 🙂

  32. 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.

  33. Really it’s a mouth watering recipe. Kids liked it a lot…. Thank u mam..

    • thanks for the feedback khushboo.

  34. 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.5 stars

    • sure aniruddha 🙂 thankyou for your kind words and thankyou.

  35. Ma’am can u tell me how to make panner butter with onions and garlic in it….

    • riya, you can check this recipe link below. it has garlic but no onions. for adding onions, either you add finely chopped onions or make onion paste and then add. in both cases, saute the onions till they turn golden. here’s the recipe – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/paneer-butter-masala/

      • wonderful and easy to follow instructions. happy deepawali5 stars

        • thankyou poonam wish you happy deepawali too 🙂