How to make Makhanwala Paneer -

Chunks of paneer cooked in a creamy onion tomato masala.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Paneer (cottage cheese) (पनीर), Tomato (टमाटर)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Makhanwala Paneer

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Every paneer lover swears by this recipe of makhanwala panner or paneer butter masala. Chunks of soft paneer tossed in a smooth onion tomato masala made rich with a good addition of fresh cream and butter.  The hint of spices in the sweetish creamy gravy is like a party for your taste buds. Have it with crisp tandoori rotis and you will definitely be pleased.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Makhanwala Paneer Recipe

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) cut into 1 inch cubes 400 grams

  • Tomato quartered 500 grams

  • Garlic cloves 7-8

  • Ginger piece, roughly chopped 1 1/2 inches

  • Green cardamoms 7

  • Mace blade 1/2

  • Red chilli powder 2 tablespoons

  • Nutralite 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Honey 1 tablespoon

  • Fresh cream 1/4 cup

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • For garnish

  • Fresh cream 2 teaspoons

  • Fresh coriander leaves 1 sprig


Step 1

Heat a deep non-stick pan. Add the tomatoes, garlic, ginger, green cardamoms, mace, 1 cup water, red chilli powder and Nutralite and let it boil for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Add the salt and mix well. Take the pan off the heat and allow it to cool.

Step 3

Blend the gravy to a fine puree, strain into another deep non stick pan and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add the cottage cheese cubes and kasoori methi powder and honey and cook for further 2-3 minutes. Add the cream and garam masala powder and mix lightly.

Step 5

Transfer into a serving dish, garnish with a swirl of fresh cream and a coriander sprig and serve hot.

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