How to make Paneer Makhanwala - SK Khazana -

Rich and delicious – cottage cheese cooked in a delicious and velvety tomato gravy

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Cottage cheese (paneer) (पनीर), Ghee (घी)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

Paneer Makhanwala - SK Khazana

Paneer Makhanwala - SK Khazana Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet & Sour

Ingredients for Paneer Makhanwala - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Cottage cheese (paneer) 250 grams

  • Ghee 2 1/2 tablespoons

  • Cashewnut powder 4-5 tablespoons

  • Medium tomatoes ground to a fine puree 4

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic finely chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Tomato ketchup 2 tablespoons

  • Fresh cream 2 tablespo to garnish

  • Medium carrot peeled 1 to garnish

  • Medium cucumber 1 to garnish

  • Medium tomato cut into roundels and halved 1 to garnish

  • Cashewnuts 7-8 to garnish


Step 1

Heat ghee in a deep non-stick pan, add cashewnut powder and mix well. Saute on medium heat, stirring continuously to ensure that the mixture does not get burnt, till fragrant.

Step 2

Add tomato puree, mix well and sauté, stirring continuously, till ghee separates.

Step 3

Add salt and turmeric powder and mix well. Crush and add kasuri methi, garlic and tomato ketchup and mix well. Add fresh cream and mix well. Cook on medium heat for a minute, stirring continuously. Switch off the heat.

Step 4

Cut cottage cheese into triangles or squares and add to the gravy. Add a little water to get the required consistency and mix gently.

Step 5

Turn on heat and cook, stirring continuously, for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Switch off the heat.

Step 6

Cut cucumber into a flower, Slice the carrot diagonally with a serrated knife.

Step 7

Transfer prepared paneer gravy into a serving plate and a serving bowl. Decorate with tomato slices, carrot slices, cucumber flower, cashewnuts, a cottage cheese triangle, crumbled cottage cheese. Drizzle some cream on top and serve hot.

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