Khoya Paneer

Khoya Paneer

Khoya Paneer is a rich, creamy gravy made with Khoya(evaporated milk solids)blended with onion-tomato masala with added Paneer, makes a perfect royal treat of any festive or special occasion.

Khoya Paneer as it is known as is a royal dish from the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. The curry made rich with khoya, cashew nuts is enjoyed best with naans, pooris or jeera rice. The no-onion no-garlic version of the gravy is popular during the fasting period(Navratri or functions for any auspicious occasion) when people who avoid onion and garlic in their food preparations. During Diwali, we buy from stores or make a lot of khoya for making traditional Indian sweets. Diwali had just gone by and if you have any khoya left in your freezer and due to sugar rush don’t want to make any more sweets, try out this rich khoya Paneer recipe.

Did I just hear you say.. no khoya left or don’t have any khoya, don’t worry we can still make this yummy creamy curry using Milk powder or Mawa Khoya(available in Indian grocery stores outside India). This is the season of celebrations and parties for everyone, time to have some rich homemade gravies!! I made this yummy Khoya Paneer when I had some guests at my place. With Mix Veg Pulao, Dal Makhani and Cucumber Raita and some homemade fresh naans it was a perfect festive treat!! I didn’t have any Khoya, I added Milk Mawa Powder from which I made khoya for my preparing Diwali sweets. If you like to check the recipe for homemade Khoya, click here. Paneer added to the gravy can be store-bought or homemade. For homemade paneer recipe click here.

The curry gets the flavor and the aroma from the whole spices and powdered garam masala and a special Indian spice powder “Kitchen King Masala”. You can get all the spices at the Indian grocery stores.

I know this is another Paneer curry on the blog just after my last post Kale and Spinach Saag with Paneer Koftas also had paneer but in different form. But since I made it last week and it was loved by my guests and family so thought of posting it now only.


Let’s see how I made this rich, creamy delight!!

Khoya Paneer

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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A rich creamy paneer gravy made with the rich blend of evaporated milk, onion, tomatoes and cashews. Perfect for any festive occasion or parties. Learn how to make Khoya Paneer


  • Paneer – 200g
  • Grated Khoya/Milk Powder/Milk Mawa- 1 cup
  • Chopped Onion- 1/2 Cup
  • Tomatoes-3
  • Green Chilli-Ginger-Garlic Paste- 1tbsp
  • Cashew Nuts-5-6
  • Cumin Seeds- 1 Tsp
  • Bay leaf- 1
  • Black Cardamom-1
  • Cloves-2-3
  • Black Peppercorns-3-4
  • Coriander Powder- 1Tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder- 1 Tsp
  • Kitchen King Masala- 1 Tsp(optional)
  • Red Chili Powder-1/2 Tsp
  • Kasuri Methi- 1/4 Tsp
  • Sugar-1/4 Tsp
  • Salt to Taste
  • Oil- 1 Tbsp


  1. In a heavy bottomed pan, dry roast milk powder/mawa milk powder or grated khoya till light brown.
  2. Soak cashews in warm water for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Roughly chop the tomatoes, onions.
  4. In a pan, heat oil, add cumin seeds, when the seeds crackle, add green chili-ginger-garlic paste, saute for a minute. Add chopped onions and saute till light brown.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes till the tomatoes are soft and mushy.
  6. Cool and puree the onion-tomato-cashew masala.
  7. Add to the same pan and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add sugar and powdered spices.. coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala and kitchen king. Cook it for few seconds and add the dry roasted khoya or milk powder. Mix well.
  9. Add 1/2 cup water to adjust the consistency of the masala.
  10. Add paneer cubes, mix well and add some more water(if required) to get the desired consistency of the gravy.
  11. Roast fenugreek leaves on tawa/griddle, crush and add to the gravy.
  12. Mix well, and take off the pan from the flame.
  13. Serve hot with Naans or any flat-bread of your choice. It also goes well with steamed rice, any kind of pulao or even simple dinner rolls.

Khoya Paneer

So make this Khoya Paneer for your guests and loved ones or take to your potluck for the main course. I am sure you and your loved ones will surely like this rich, creamy paneer gravy.

Khoya Paneer and Naan

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Author: Swati

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42 thoughts

  1. Addition of khoya in paneer curry here is making the whole dish much more delicious. Lovely dish and thank you for sharing with us

    1. Thanks Nisha!! Khoya does add richness to simplest of the dishes and makes perfect treat for special occasions!!

  2. Khoya and paneer together in a curry!!! I can imagine how rich and delicious it might be. Awesome share…

    1. Thanks Preethi!! Do try the dish if you want to finish the left over khoya instead of using it in any mithai.

  3. Rich, creamy and such a delicious looking dish! I am sure it tastes awesome with rotis, chapatis etc.! Adding khoya I am sure gives a wonderful texture and flavor to the dish! Awesome share!

  4. Definitely a double bonanza for whoever likes khoya and paneer in their meal. Seriously such an irresistible and very rich looks side dish.. Drooling here.

    1. Khoya adds richness to gravies and especially it adds texture to no-onion no-garlic dishes. Milk powder is also a good substitute for khoya.. Do give me the feedback whenever you try my version!!πŸ™‚

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