How to make Paneer Makhni -

Paneer simmered in a creamy onion tomato masala.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

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

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

For more recipes related to Paneer Makhni checkout Paneer Butter Masala, Paneer Manchurian, Shahi Paneer, Malai Kofta Curry . You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Tayi Ji Gobi Bhenda Hooli Baked Spinach & Potato Delight Masaledar Shalgam

Paneer Makhni

Paneer Makhni Recipe Card


Paneer makhani is also known as paneer butter masala and is made with cottage cheese simmered in a creamy onion tomato masala. This popular paneer recipe has the slightest hint of sugar that goes in to balance all the flavours from the spices. The final sprinkling of kasoori methi or dried fenugreek leaves is essential to round off all the flavours and lift the taste of the final dish.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Paneer Makhni Recipe

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) 200 grams

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Green cardamoms 4

  • Cloves 6

  • Cinnamon 2 inch stick

  • Garlic crushed 7-8 cloves

  • Ginger chopped 1½ inch piece

  • Green chillies chopped 2

  • Fresh tomato puree 3 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Kashmiri red chilli powder 1½ teaspoons

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 3 tablespoons

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) 1 teaspoon

  • Honey 2 tablespoons

  • Skimmed milk ¼ cup


Step 1

Cut the paneer into thick slices. Heat two teaspoons oil in a non-stick pan. Add green cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, garlic and ginger and sauté till fragrant.

Step 2

Add green chillies and continue to sauté. Cook tomato puree in another non-stick pan with salt till it reduces slightly. Add this to the ginger-garlic masala and cook.

Step 3

Heat the remaining oil in a grill pan and place the paneer slices on it. Sprinkle some salt and red chilli powder and grill, turning sides once, till both the sides are golden.

Step 4

Add coriander leaves to the tomato gravy and mix. Add salt, remaining red chilli powder, garam masala powder, kasoori methi and honey and mix well.

Step 5

Once the paneer pieces are well grilled, take them off the pan and cut into cubes. Add these cubes to the gravy and mix. Just before serving add milk and mix. Serve hot with chapatti.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.