Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe - How to make paneer butter masala (Restaurant style)

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe
Paneer Butter Masala - Hearing the name itself makes me crave for it as its my staple order in restaurants.Is there anyone who doesnt like PB masala? I can definitely hear a NO......I've tried 2-3 different versions but was not fully satisfied with any as I cudnt get the exact restaurant taste. 
PB Masala Recipe

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Paneer - 1 packet (200 gms)
Butter - 1.5 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Tomato puree - from 2 medium sized tomatoes (comes to 1 cup)
Cashewnuts - 5
Milk - 1/2 cup
Cream - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste

For mixing:

Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Dried Kastoori methi leaves (crushed) - 1/4 tsp
Tomato sauce - 1 heaped tsp
Milk - 1 cup

Method:

  1. Soak cashews in milk for 10mins and grind it to paste, set aside.Though this is optional it gives a richness and nice flavour to the gravy.
    How to make paneer butter masala - Step1
  2. Chop paneer into cubes. Take puree from 2 tomatoes and keep aside. Chop onions finely and make it ready. Now in a mixing bowl add chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, dried kasoori methi leaves, tomato sauce then add milk.
    How to make paneer butter masala - Step2
  3. Mix the milk spices mixture well and keep aside.In a nonstick pan add a tsp of oil, fry the paneer cubes till slightly golden brown and drain in a tissue paper and keep aside.
    How to make paneer butter masala - Step3
  4. Now add butter in the same pan , allow it to melt then add ginger garlic paste saute for 2mins then add onions and fry till golden browned.Then add tomato puree and fry until raw smell completely leaves, this will take atleast 5mins.
    How to make paneer butter masala - Step4
  5. Now add the mixed milk-spices mixture,cashew paste,1/2 cup water and then simmer for 5-7 minutes.The gravy would be thick and mixed well at this stage.Add remaining 1/2 cup milk little by little stirring continuously to prevent milk from curdling. Add required salt.
    How to make paneer butter masala - Step5
  6. Simmer again for 3mins to see like the below consistency.Then add the fried paneer cubes and mix well. Allow the paneer to sit for 2mins then switch off. Garnish with cream and Serve hot with rotis or naan.
    How to make paneer butter masala - Step6
I am sure you'll also be surprised like me once u taste it, it tastes a in restaurants. Garnishing/adding cream enhances the flavour of the gravy and gives a rich creamy taste. This is another long time to desire to get the exact taste for PB masala and now am very much satisfied with this recipe and easiness. Sure to be my keeper!
Paneer Butter Masala Recipe - Restaurant style

My Notes:

  • To avoid milk from curdling - You can first heat and boil milk then add it - Dont add refrigerated milk directly.Simmer the heat once milk is added and keep stirring continuously.Also add the milk little by little stirring continuosly.
  • You can substitute 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 cup of cream and skip the garnishing.
  • Frying paneer is optional you can add it raw too as in the orginal recipe, but I always fry as we like it that way.
  • The gravy cooked in milk gives it a slight sweet taste even without adding sugar as in restaurants.
  • Tomato puree can also be added in the mixing part itself as in the orginal recipe but I find sauteing this way even more flavourful. I used fresh tomato puree, you can use store bought ones too.
Restaurant style PB Masala
Written by: SHARMILEE J

137 comments:

  1. Tempting thick and creamy recipe...

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  2. The gravy looks soo creamy!! Delicious..just like the one we get in restaurants:-)

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  3. Looks yummmy......one of my favorite gravies!!

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  4. I am always up for PBM- looks mouthwateringly delicious!
    US Masala

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  5. I looooooove it..looks so so good Sharmi,definitely bookmarked.The step by step pics make it even more tempting!

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  6. Well explained recipe.We planned for a potluck tomorrow and i was supposed to make PBM. For a change will try this yumy one.soundsinteresting

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  7. Paneer butter masala is looking so delightful.One of my fav restaurant dishes...so well explained step by step pictures.Bookmarking this.

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  8. Give me that whole bowl,i can finish it in no time,simply irresistible..

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  9. ohhhh the paneer butter masala looks fabulous!!! Simply mouth watering :)

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  10. Our family favorite..Have bookmarked it...Delightful shots...

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  11. Perfectly made paneer butter masala.. Looks damn creamy and delicious :) wish to grab some with chapathi right away :)

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  12. yummy yummy paneer...beautiful clicks too dear.

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  13. looks delicious...Even I like it... But think about the calories.. I never bother to prepare it :D

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  14. The curry look so creamy and scrumptious!

    Lite Bite

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  15. Paneer butter masala luks so creamy n delicious...damn Gud...lovely pictures ...clean recipe,bookmarking this!!!!

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  16. Absolutely mouth watering, drooling all over it :)

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  17. Creamy and rich..absolutely tempting butter masala

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  18. agree!!!! its does look resto style.. and creamy..
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  19. My all time favorite... Looks delish

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  20. Lovely clicks! Perfect looking PBM..

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  21. Paneer butter masala looks awesome delicious.

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  22. Nicey..My all time fav. Looks perfect !!

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  23. yummy dish... its my all time favourite

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  24. I think the most popular paneer dish ever :-) Looks beautiful

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  25. wow...this looks so perfect and tempting..awesome clicks too..:)

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  26. My recipe is similar except I use tomato paste and evaporated milk - simple & tasty. Loved the pics.

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  27. hi sharmi....you have such an awesome blog here...love it...paneer butter masala is a fav dish at home too...:)

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  28. Hey Dear ! what a lovely blog you have here :) The paneer masala looks so tempting ...
    thank you so much for stopping by my blog ... I would really appreciate if you follow it as well :)
    http://kitchensojourn.blogspot.com

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  29. we have almost exact recipes for this ... Of course I avoid the cream and use some cashews for the texture and creaminess instead ... Looks tantalizingly delicious :)

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  30. Paneer Butter Masala looks simply awesome, very beautiful clicks.

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  31. yummy looking curry.. so inviting .. perfect with naan.

    new to ur space n happy to follow u for more wonderful creations..
    do visit me when u get time ..
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  32. Its everywhere paneer butter masala, even i Had posted it 2 days back. do have a look. every body's fave I guess.

    yours is simply amazing, with perfect texture,

    pls do check the event on my site: summer coolers

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  33. Adorable clicks..looks awesome Sharmilee!!!

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  34. Delicious looking paneer dish!

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  35. Yummy and creamy one.... Nice recipe... Gud pictures...YUM!

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  36. Great tutorial and the end result looks fabulous!

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  37. Rich and creamy! my sons fav and looks so delicious!!!

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  38. excellent......yummy....and my first paneer which has been successful.....made me and my hubby happy.....

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  39. @Lekha : You made my day...Glad that u liked it :)

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  40. Tried it,came out well,thanks!

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  41. delicious looking paneer masala looks fabulous wonderfully done Sharmilee

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  42. Saw this on FG...simple but authentic one...ur version sounds very simple....nice clicks too.

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  43. Sharmi, first time here and loved this recipe and the photograph!! Loved reading the post and going through the recipe.

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  44. hi,

    I have been seeing ur receipe recently. I found interesting to try paneer butter masala receipe. It was so tasty and yummy. From elder to kids all liked it. And i also tried the same receipe with carrot and grean peas.It was tooo yummy. I was praised by my guests. Thank u. All the best. Keep going.

    Kotiswarri

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  45. @kotiswarri: Thats great to know that you all liked it...carrot adn green peas is a nice combination too :)

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  46. I found your site this past month and made a few dishes and loved all of them. :) This dish by far is my favorite! I made my own paneer this time and was pretty excited. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful recipes.

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  47. @Eva : Thats great to hear, glad that u like the recipes and good to hear ur feedbacks :)

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  48. Hi Sharmili

    I used to visit websites for knowing the recipies.. Some have pictures some do not. But your website has each and every picture to show the step by step procedure which is really wonderful. This is what i needed and i found it in your website. Please keep up the good work. Do post many recipies so that i can see a detailed pictured which helps me in cooking.

    Cheers
    Nithya

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  49. @Neethu : Thanks a lot for ur kind words, sure do visit often :)

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  50. mrs subramani says,
    wonderful recipe!!!!we can make whenever we want.
    thanks a lot.

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  51. Would like to know how much grams paneer was used to prepare the dish?

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  52. wonderful.....lovely...;-)
    it is very tasty....

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  53. yummy!!!!! would like to taste as soon as possible......vil make @ my place 2morow....:)

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  54. yesterday i made the oats idli...and today i tried this paneer butter masala. both turned out fantastic. your recipes are so quick and easy but at the same time so tasty. i can't blv how easy it was to prepare this dish...it took me only 30 mins to cook it...

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  55. made this dish and it turned out to delicious.thanks so much. you site is brilliant with step by step instructions.

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  56. i always wanted to make paneer butter masala but never got the rig receipe.my husband got me this receipe and we tried this..it was unbelievable..it was much tastier than what u get from restaurants..u have a done a great job..thanks for the depicting the steps.it was lot more than just helpful..thanks a lot...keep posting such great receipes..

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  57. Thanks! Actually today morning i am making that.
    So that i have doubt.it came very nice and tasty too.

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  58. sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  59. Morning i made this dish and came out excellent. Thanks a ton for the great and detailed recipe. :):)

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  60. it looks great and delicious.i wil syrely try it in my home

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  61. it looks delicious and surely i wil try at my home

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  62. superrrrrrr dish...thank u chef..thanks a lot.

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  63. tried it today, the dish turned out pretty tasty.. thnx for the step by step tutorial!! :) could u suggest an accompanying gravy/ non gravy dish to serve along with it? the usual yellow dal that we make everyday at home wasnt tasting as nice..

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  64. @Ritika : Thats great to hear!! :) This is already a gravy why do you need a gravy to accompany it...Or have I misunderstood?! Do clarify so that I can suggest accordingly.

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  65. Tried it first time , new cook and first north Indian dish came out excellent

    Thank you

    Anand

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  66. lol.. i just meant another dish, with or without gravy.. just to have variety on the table.. :) by the way, i'm gonna try ur dum aloo recipe today..and planning to put cream instead of curd (had bought a lot of fresh cream for the paneer recipe.. hehe ) lets hope it does not turn out to be a disaster!

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  67. i tried it !!:) awesome recipe loved it thnx loads :)

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  68. tried it.Came out real nice.Thanks

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  69. I don't know why, my milk curdled when I mixed the milk spices and water almost immediately !

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  70. @Shruti : It usually curdles when flame is high...Just simmer and add milk.

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  71. I thought maybe it was because of the tomato puree.. I will surely try it out again in low flame throughout. My parents loved the flavour though ! I will let u know how it goes. Thanks a lot ! :)

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  72. Saturday we made this yummy paneer butter masala.
    It was so good in taste and we all liked & enjoyed much.We felt the exact taste of restaurant ones where we go here.Hereafter no need of going to restaurants,we can make it at home whenever we feel like.We will make it often for sure.Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

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  73. Tried this recipe for Hubby's birthday party and was an instant hit among the guests!! Tasted just like it does at the restaurant!! Thanks a ton for sharing :)

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  74. i made it twice....and both the times it turned out to be finger licking good :) Thank you sooooooooo much Sharmi!

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  75. I made it twice...and i should say...it turned out to be finger licking good....Thank you sooooo much Sharmi!

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  76. I tried this and turned up gr8.. thanks

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  77. just gone through the receipe just now . my son likes it very much . will make it aand surprise him . thanx a lot

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  78. My husband is a paneer lover and i prepared this PBM yesterday. It came out very well and he was surprised at the taste just like the hotel made one, thank you so much for the recipee Sharmi!

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  79. Thanks Sharmi for you wonderful recipe. I'm definitely going to try this seems good to me.

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  80. Thanks Sharmi, I was trying hard but never made it like this, now I'll try your way and see the result.

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  81. i stay alone in room and i was confused how to cook food for myself but after following this recipe it was really awesome experince to me really i liked it very much and thanks for uploading such a recipe its really worth for boys like us

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  82. Dried Kastoori methi leaves (crushed). i dont ve this item. may i skip this item or not. suggest any other alternative for this ingredient. m gng to prepare it for dinner.

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  83. @Hema: Yes but the flavour will differ....you can use coriander leaves instead

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  84. Paneer Butter Masala looks nice n tastes good too. I thought this may be too make at. but i was wrong. thank u 4 sharing.

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  85. Ur recipe reli helped. Loved the delicious pmb i made using this post. Thanks a ton!!

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  86. its something awsome..my first experiment was successful and memorable

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  87. sharmi ,
    thanq for the wonderful recepie..tried out this for dinner...the taste was just awesome...but i got confused with adding cashewnut paste as it is mentioned twice in d steps....also can u tel me how many liters of milk have u used...just wanted to make sure that whether i did right..sorry to bug u with these many doubts..

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  88. @Kalyani : Milk is 125 ml as its 1/2 cup...cashew paste should be added along with milk spices mixture.Hope this clarifies now.

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  89. sharmi,

    one suggestion, instead of using cream, if you garnish with butter only, it tastes more awsome.

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  90. It's really yummy and so easy to cook

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  91. My fav one dish i tried this in my kitchen & jas come out very well. Thankk u sharmilee:-)

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  92. Excellent taste.tried it has come out very well

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  93. thanks for posting :-) could u tel me how to make tomoto puree at home...also the amount of milk used for the whole recipie.

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  94. @Ganeshkumar : The traditional way of making tomato puree is : Boil water, add the tomatoes and cook till soft, peel of the skin and grind it to a puree. But attimes, I use shortcut of just grinding the raw tomatoes to a puree :)

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  95. Hi Sharmi,
    I really loved your instructions as well as the pictures. However, the milk curdled despite me heating it first. I wonder why...However, it tasted great! Look forward to more recipes from you.

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    1. Milk should be added little by little stirring continuously, also it should be simmered. Please check the mynotes section for more tips.

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  96. Replies
    1. Blanch the tomatoes, peel off the skin and then puree it. Will be coming up with a seperate post soon :)

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  97. Hi, pls tell me what needs to be done if the gravy becomes thick after sometime, say half an hour or so

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    1. Just add milk and heat it up just before serving...

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  98. I also wanna know does this happen usually, I mean the gravy becoming thicker after sometime or depends on the preparation..

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  99. Hey I tried this one yesterday and it was awesome ... everyone loved it ... my husband who is HUGE fan of paneer butter masala and orders almost everytime we dine out confirmed that this one tastes better :) thank u thank u sooo much . please add more paneer recipes .

    Love

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  100. hello sharmi..
    i tried it today, and it tastes very close to the one prepared in restaurant..
    thanku so much..
    not just this recipe, i've tried ur other recipes as well..and vrything turned out to be good..
    nice work.. :)

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  101. Hello Sharmi...tried this recepie last nite...turned out really great...thanks

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  102. hellooo..Sharmii...:) :) jus tried this lovely reciepe..!!! wowww...it tasts heavnlyy..wow..wow..!! paneer butter is ma all time fav dish..:)

    Thanks a lott...:) :) :)

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  103. I tried this recipe , it came out very well. Thanks a lot :)

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  104. My very first attempt on this was a big success.. thanks ya :-)

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  105. very tasty out thing at home it can be made

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  106. Hi sharmi,m a regular visitor to your blog.I try most of your receipes nd they have turned out awesome. I tried ur PBM it did turn out well,but little confusion regarding the amount of milk used.

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  107. I tried this yesterday and it was truly "restaurant style"...I see by the number of comments that I'm not the only one wowed by your recipe...a ton of thanks!! Will keep coming back for more..

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  108. last sunday i tried this and it was excellent taste.thank u very much

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  109. made this yesterday...was yum and hubby liked it lots. Thanks sharmi! :)

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  110. Hey sharmi!!! I made this today wid lachha parantha!!! Wow it was supeerb... my hubby is a huge fan of pnb n just it loved it.... it truly tasted lyk the one we get it@ a restaurant.... another fan of your blog!!! Few changes that I made were, grinded cashew and milk with blanched tomatoes (as quantity of cashew was less wasnt getting a soft paste).. n added ginger gatlic n green chilli (just a small piece) paste as my hubby likes little spicy!!! Youuuuhoooooo

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  111. I was tried this today n comes out superb. U explained very clearly.. Tastes very excellent.

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  112. Tried today.. superb dish :) :) thank you

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  113. Hi, what tomato sauce have you used? Do you mean ketchup? Please let me know soon!

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    1. Yes it is tomato ketchup, I use Maggi / Kissan

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  114. A great recipe, tried out last night and it was so so good. A Million thanks and likes!!!

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  115. I tried this several times now. It comes out well. My husband and son love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  116. You are the real masterchef ,this is really awesome recipe

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  117. I tried most of your recipe and are awsome thanks a lot.u are the real master chef :-)

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  118. Hi Sharmi i like PBM very much and i tried this several times searching in net but didn't get the restaurant taste. Unexpectedly i saw ur blog and i tried this and it turned out very well and my hubby also liked it.Thanks a lot....ur blog is simply superb....luv u so much...God bless u forever......

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  119. Thanks a lot for sharing ths version of PBM. I tries it and came out very well..

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