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Paneer Butter Masala / Paneer Makhani (Instant Pot)

Instant pot paneer butter masala, instant pot paneer makhani

Instant pot paneer butter masala, instant pot paneer makhaniPaneer Butter Masala or Paneer Makhani, which literally means, paneer cooked in a buttery rich sauce, is a vegetarian variation of a popular north-Indian dish called Butter Chicken. The original dish was created in the 1950s, in a super popular restaurant in New Delhi called ‘Moti Mahal Delux’.

Traditionally, the paneer is lightly marinated and then grilled in a clay-oven called, Tandoor, and then added to a velvety smooth tomato-cream sauce.  But in this recipe I have skipped that step and made it a dump-and-go recipe, with the same incredible taste. The key is cutting paneer into small, bite-size cubes so that they absorb the flavors of the sauce, and, a little extra garam masala to compensate for the flavors lost in skipping marination.  This is one of the tastiest, and most requested Indian vegetarian recipes by my kids.

Click here to see some of my other dump-and-go recipes.

Spinach-rice-paneer-makhani, garam masala kitchenServing Suggestion: I like to pair this rich and creamy curry with Spinach Rice. The buttery soft spinach and aromatic basmati rice compliment this Paneer Butter Masala really well. It feels like a restaurant style Indian meal, in the comfort of my home. Paneer Butter Masala also goes well with Cumin Rice and Naan, store-bought or homemade!

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