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Paner Makhani

Panner Makhnai is a delectable, sweet and tangy gravy (made with tomatoes as core ingredients) with soft Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese. Paneer Makhnai or Paneer Makhanwala, recipe with stepwise pics.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main, Quick Lunch and Dinner Ideas
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Indian Cottage Cheese, Makhani gravy, Paneer, Paneer recipes
Servings: 4
Author: Swati


  • 200 g Paneer/Indian Cottage Cheese approx. 2 cups
  • 10-12 Cashew Nut pieces
  • 4 Tomaotes(Medium)
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi/Dried Fenugreek Leaves
  • 1-2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Cinamom stick (small) optional
  • 1 tsp Suagr/Honey/Agave Nectar
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 4-5 Garlic Cloves
  • 1" Ginger Piece
  • 1 Green Chilli optional
  • 2 tbsp Canned Tomato Sauce optional


  • Cut Paneer into cubes of desired size.
  • Soak in lukewarm water fro 5-10 minutes.
  • Cut tomatoes in irregular pieces.
  • In a pan, add water about 1.5-2 cups water, then add cashew nuts, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and whole spices.
  • Once the tomaotes are soft and mushy, swtich off the gas and let the mix cool down.
  • Puree the mixture in very smooth paste. You can take starin water before making puree. Add it later to curry.
  • In the same pan or take another one, add oil and butter. Once the butter starts to melt, add Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder.
  • Mix with butter for a few seconds and then add puree. Mix nicely. Puree will splutter so be careful.
  • Keep on cooking the mixture for a 1-2 min, stirring in between.
  • Add tomato sauce(optional), sugar, garam masala and mix well.
  • Add about ΒΌ-half cup of water to adjust the consistency. Use the water strained after cooking tomatoes and spices. Cook for a minute.
  • Add Paneer cubes and salt and mix nicely.
  • Cook for just a couple of seconds so that the masala coats evenly on paneer cubes.
  • Add roasted and finely crushed kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves and mix well.
  • Add more butter if you like and serve hot with the bread of your choice.



Substitute Paneer with Tofu and butter with any flavourless oil, for vegan version..