Instant Pot Butter Paneer + Video

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Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali. I decided to not share another sweet recipe and in stead share this easy Instant Pot Butter Paneer with you guys on Diwali! This has to be the easiest and also the tastiest butter paneer (restaurant style!) that you can make in no time. So excited to be sharing this recipe with you guys because it took me some time to perfect it and I couldn’t be more pleased with the final results!

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A paneer dish is almost certain on every Diwali menu in India. I mean whether you are a vegetarian or not is immaterial – you are an Indian and it’s Diwali so there has to be some paneer on the menu. I remember we always had butter paneer or matar paneer or paneer pulao for every Diwali meal. So if you are still looking for some last minute Diwali recipe, look no further. This butter paneer will be just the perfect addition to your Diwali menu, and the best part is that you can make it in less than 30 minutes in your Instant pot.

butter paneer made in the instant pot

You guys know I love my Instant Pot, these days I hardly use any other pan or cooker. It’s always the Instant Pot, love the convenience of it and the fact that I don’t have to clean too many dishes when I cook in it. Yeah I hate those piles of dishes, so the lesser the better it is for my sanity! For this recipe, we pressure cook tomatoes, blend them and then finish it off with some cream and butter. It really can’t get easier than this, even if you are a beginner in the kitchen, you will get this one right and I promise you that. The creamy curry gets its flavors from cardamom, garam masala, butter, cream and a touch of honey.

This Instant Pot Butter Paneer 

✓ tastes just like the one at your favorite restaurant!

✓ is super easy to make and gets done in less than 30 minutes

✓ has a creamy, buttery sauce and you might want to drink it straight out of the bowl 😉

creamy butter paneer garnished with cilantro

It took me some time get this recipe right. I wanted it to taste like the one you get in restaurants but without much efforts or prep work. What made a lot of difference to the final result was the addition of tomato paste and kasuri methi. For those who don’t know kasuri methi is dried fenugreek leaves and often used to impart a nice aroma to Indian dishes. Tomato paste is also very important, it makes the tomato flavor so much more pronounced (since it’s concentrated), I highly recommend not skipping it. By the way, I always used to buy those cans of tomato paste and then after using 1-2 tablespoon, it would eventually go waste. Well not anymore! Now, I buy these tubes of tomato paste and use them as and when needed. You can get one HERE.

restaurant style butter paneer made in the Instant pot

Hope you guys enjoy this Instant Pot Butter Paneer recipe as much as we did! If you want to keep this vegan, use tofu in place of paneer, vegan butter in place of regular butter and replace cream with coconut milk. Enjoy!

Method

To the inner pot of your instant pot, add diced tomatoes.

Then add chopped ginger, garlic and green chili.

Add in the cashews and crushed green cardamoms.

Add the spices- red chili powder, garam masala, salt along with 1/2 cup water.

Close the lid of the IP and set valve to sealing. Press the manual/pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Quick release the pressure.

Open the IP and puree the contents using an immersion blender or using your regular blender. Press the saute button.

Add butter, tomato paste and heavy cream.

Also add in more garam masala, honey, kashmiri red chili powder and salt (as required). Mix to combine everything together.

Stir in the paneer cubes. Add chopped cilantro and kasuri methi and let the curry simmer for 2 more minutes.

Serve instant pot butter paneer with naan or any bread of choice!

* You may strain the sauce to make it completely smooth – I did not do it.

Instant Pot Butter Paneer

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Serves: 3-4

Easy Instant Pot Butter Paneer! Make restaurant style butter paneer at home in no time using your Instant Pot and enjoy with naan or rice!
Ingredients
To pressure cook
  • 4 large tomatoes [500 grams], roughly chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves [12 grams], roughly chopped
  • 1 inch ginger [12 grams], roughly chopped
  • 1 green chili [1 gram] or adjust to taste, chopped
  • 8 cashews
  • 4 green cardamom, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup water
To finish
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2.5 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1.5 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder, for color
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 225 grams paneer, cut into cubes [around 1.5 cups paneer cubes]
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi, also known as dried fenugreek leaves
Instructions
  1. To the inner pot of your instant pot, add diced tomatoes, chopped ginger, garlic and green chili.
  2. Add in the cashews and crushed green cardamoms. Add the spices- red chili powder, garam masala, salt along with ½ cup water.
  3. Close the lid of the IP and set valve to sealing.
  4. Press the manual/pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Quick release the pressure.
  5. Open the IP and puree the contents using an immersion blender or using your regular blender.
  6. Press the saute button.
  7. Add butter, tomato paste, heavy cream.along with more garam masala, honey, kashmiri red chili powder and salt (as required). Mix to combine everything together.
  8. Stir in the paneer cubes. Add chopped cilantro and kasuri methi and let the curry simmer for 2 more minutes.
  9. Serve instant pot butter paneer with naan or any bread of choice!

Instant Pot Butter Paneer

11 thoughts on “Instant Pot Butter Paneer + Video

  1. I was just talking about Instant Pots with a friend yesterday, and she said she got one but didn’t know what to do with it. I totally sent her over her to check out some of your recipes! This paneer looks amazing, Manali!

    1. Hi Connie, hmm I am not too sure..what about pumpkin/sunflower seeds? Or you could also add some coconut cream (the thick cream not the milk) Hope that helps! But this will be good without the cashews too so I wouldn’t worry too much about it!

  2. Hi Malini, I tried your recipe today, and it tasted delicious!!! Thank you so much for sharing. But mine just turned out a tad bit on the tangy side. (I didn’t mind it. It still tasted great!)

    I was trying to avoid the cream, and tried to substitute with yogurt. Surely that is what gave it the tangy flavor.

    Can you suggest another substitute for heavy cream? Do you think milk would work perhaps?

    1. Hi Amy, thanks for trying the recipe & glad to hear that you liked it! I would replace the cream with either regular milk or coconut cream! Also make sure your tomatoes aren’t very unripe, that also makes the curry tangy. Hope that helps!

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