Shital's-Kitchen: Paneer Makhani

Monday, September 27, 2010

Paneer Makhani

Cubed cottage cheese cooked in a smooth and rich buttery gravy. You could substitute cottage cheese for veggies or grilled chicken.


Paneer cubes
Bay leaves
Cashew nuts
Chilli powder
Coriander powder
Kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
Heavy whipping cream
For the paste :
1 medium sized onion
1 inch ginger
4 garlic cloves
3 dried red chillies- small
¼th cup of water

Heat 2 tbsp of butter 
Add 2 bay leaves and 3 cardamoms.
Add freshly ground onion paste and sauté for 3-4 mins.

Blend 3 tbsp of cashew nuts with 1 cup of water to make a smooth paste.
Add cashew nut paste to onion mixture and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes

6. Chop 4 tomatoes and blend to form smooth puree.
7. Add tomato puree to the sautéing pastes.

Cover and cook for 5 minutes

Meanwhile cut ½ inch cubes of Paneer
Heat oil or butter in a frying pan
Fry Paneer cubes till they change color and get light brown. 
Frying is optional. You could pan sear them or leave the cubes as is.

To the gravy add:
  1 teaspoon turmeric
  1 tsp chilli powder
  1 tsp coriander powder
  2 tsp kasoori methi
  Salt to taste
  1tsp sugar
Mix well, cover and allow all spices to cook for around 3-4 mins. On medium high heat.
Add 2 tbsp of heavy whipping cream and paneer pieces.
Mix well, simmer for 3-4 mins.

Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro or butter or cream, and serve with naan or tandoori roti or rice.



  1. Hi Shital,

    I made this last Friday and the taste was very very good. Thanks so much for your step by step illustrations! It really helps a lot!


    1. Thanks a lot Smitha. So glad u liked it!

  2. Thanks so much for this recipe Shital! I tried it yesterday and it was mind blowing!! Never ordering this from a restaurant now ;) you are awesome!!

  3. Hi Shital, Can you confirm these measurements you have taken that is for 2 servings or 4?

  4. Thanks in Advance..

  5. Thanks for so much Shital for the recipe...its a savior for quick to make and the results are amazing!!!

  6. Thanks for the amazing recipe..........totally loved it. Really excited to try other recipes from the blog.

  7. Hi shital, tried ur samosa recipe today, it came out really gud! ! Thank u very much for sharing such yummy recipies! Just loved the marks in the above recipe pics, cud u please tell me where do u buy such pots?

  8. Sorry not marks , it was a typing mistake
    I meant that brown matka :)