Varieties of Paneer, Are They Different Or Just The Same?

Paneer Butter Masala” ya “Paneer Lababdaar“?
Shahi Paneer” ya “Paneer Do Pyaaza“?
Paneer Peshawari” ya “Paneer Tikka Masala“?

Vegetarians, how often do you walk into a North Indian or a Multi-Cuisine Restaurant and crave for a portion of your favourite paneer recipe but end up getting confused because of the long list of paneer variants. Quite often, right?

We tell you about the most commonly served Paneer recipes in restaurants and how they are different from one another.

Kadhai Paneer 

kadhai paneer

Kadhai Paneer also known as Paneer Masala is one of the most simple preparations of paneer  prepared by dry roasting and grinding some Indian spices. These signature Indian spices give an added flavour to the recipe. Paneer Cubes and capsicum are sauted in an onion tomato gravy ,flavoured with a special spice mixture known as Kadhai Masala. You can also slightly roast the paneer cubes before adding them in the gravy.

Paneer Butter Masala 

paneer butter masala

Paneer Butter Masala is one of the most widely famous paneer recipe served in North Indian restaurants. The rich aromatic gravy comprises of tomato puree, onion paste, cashew paste and other Indian spices. A very fine balance of spiciness and creaminess of the gravy gives this dish it’s authenticity. In many restaurants, Paneer Butter Masala is also referred as Paneer Makhni or Butter Paneer.

Paneer Lababdar


A rightful combination of paneer cubes, tomato puree, chopped onions, cashew nuts and spices goes into making a slightly sweet yet spicy Paneer Lababdar;which tastes even better after adding a pinch of kasuri methi. Pair it up with piping hot naan and you are good to go.

Shahi Paneer

shahi paneer

As the name suggests, Shahi means royal, hence Shahi Paneer is a royal dish and dry fruits, yoghurt, spices, saffron and cream when added in the right amount make this delicacy “shahi”. The gravy comprises of onions, almonds, cashew, melon seeds etc.

Paneer Tikka Masala 


Consider this an alternative to Chicken Tikka Masala. This exotic Indian curry is made of grilled paneer cubes which are dunked in an onion tomato based gravy. The tender pieces of paneer along with onion, capsicum and tomatoes are marinated in a spiced yoghurt and then grilled to give a smoky flavour to the entire preparation.

The next time you walk into a restaurant, make sure you keep this handy…Burrrrppp!



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