Sunday, 1 May 2011

Paneer Makhani : Side Dish

Paneer is a common ingredient used in Indian dishes and for non-Indians it is nothing but a form of cheese. You can even call it the 'Indian Cheese' and it is readily available in almost all grocery stores here in India. Paneer Makhani is a rich side dish usually prepared for dinners.

Paneer Makhani

  • Tomato - 4 medium sized
  • Paneer - 200 gms
  • Ghee - 2 Tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 Tbsp
  • Cashews - 25-30
  • Tomato Ketchup - 1 Tbsp (Optional)
  • Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 Tbsp
  • Kasturi Methi / Fenugreek Leaves - 2 Tbsp
  • Milk - 1 Glass
  • Fresh Cream - 1/4 glass
  • Chilli Powder - 2 Tbsp
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1 Tbsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt to Taste

Cooking Method
  • Slice tomato into 4 slices and soak it in 2 glasses of hot water for 10 mins.
  • Soak cashews in 1/2 glass of hot water for 10 mins.
  • After 10 mins grind them and make tomato and cashew paste separately.
  • Heat the pan and add ghee and cumin seeds to it.
  • Add ginger garlic paste.
  • Once the raw ginger garlic smell subsides, add the tomato puree and cook until it boils.
After Adding the Tomato Puree
  • Add the cashew paste, kasturi methi and tomato ketchup.
  • Also add chilli powder, salt, garam masala and coriander powder.
  • Leave this to boil for few mins and then add sliced paneer.
After Adding Paneer
  • While it starts to boil again, add milk and fresh cream and cook for few mins.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and decorate with fresh cream.
Total Preparation Time - 15-20 mins
Serves - 4

  • If you prefer thick curries then make the tomato puree and cashew paste thick, else you can make it watery if you need more gravy (as I have made it).
  • If you want the dish to be more rich then add more cashew paste and if you like it less tangy then skip the ketchup or add just 3 tomatoes instead of 4. 

Serve this dish with chapathis, rotis or parathas for dinner.

♥ Aarthi ♥


  1. It was really yummy Varshi :)

  2. This looks soooo tempting .....I do make it and add a pinch of sugar and cardamom powder to it!!

    Lovely Post

  3. I silently viewed the recipe and tried it yesterday ...turned out great

    Much Thanks for sharing

  4. Thanks for the tips Lipsy. I shall try it for sure :)

  5. Wow Lipsy.. I am so glad you tried it :)

  6. yumm the dish looks very delicious! will try it soon and let you know how it turns out :) thankyou for sharing

  7. Thanks Sara.. Do share how you liked it :)

  8. Wow! You sound like a professional Aart! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this! And it looks YUM!

  9. Slurp!! The picture itself is so yummy. I can't wait to try it


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