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A crowd pleaser - Paneer Makhni

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 The beautiful garden of the resort was glistening with the golden lighting. The drinks were getting mixed flamboyantly, the pretty ladies were elegantly showing off their solitaires and the music was trying to find its audience. As the party was getting warmed up, the sublime quietness couldn't be mistaken.

At that very precise moment, she entered. Dressed to kill, in that bold yet so sophisticated red dress. The white stilettos, added not just height, but lot of grace and poise to the demure beauty. Many pairs of eyes turned quickly to greet, while others preferred to show ignorance; while making a mental note to know her in person. 

She walked across the length of the room, in that confident gait, which only a self assured one can possess. She stopped, right in front of the hosts. Soon there were warm hugs, cheerful greetings and “that” laughter. The full throttled one. As if someone just popped open a bottle of champagne. The camaraderie attracted all the friendly souls. And soon the casual banter, the jokes broke the ice. Her charisma and warmth worked as the spark, that brightened the whole atmosphere.

The music became racier, the dance floor became busier and the chatter became louder. The party has just begin. Such was the power of that effervescent crowd pleaser!!

This dish has the same impact. Can brighten the simplest of the menu. Can intermingle with different varieties of dishes. Can cater to a wide variety of taste buds. Yet stand deliciously, on its own. Definitely a crowd pleaser.

Simply translated - “paneer” is “cottage cheese” and “makhni” is “made of butter or buttery”. So its as sinful, as the name. Cottage cheese in rich tomato gravy, with indulgent amount of butter, traditionally. Reduced here, to keep us all fitted in that gorgeous “little black dress” and “tuxedos”. Amen!

Paneer Makhni Recipe
(Absolutely delicious curry of soft cottage cheese cubes, in rich and aromatic tomato gravy.)

  • 200 grams paneer (cottage cheese). See note*
  • 3-4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp cashews, soaked in little water
  • 2-3 tbsp butter. See note*
  • 1 tbsp ginger- garlic paste. See note*
  • Some whole spices – 1 bay leaf, 2 cardamom, 2 cloves, 1/2” cinnamon
  • ½ - 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ garam masala powder
  • Pinch of sugar
  • ½ tsp kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt & black pepper, as required
    For garnishing
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream
  • Ginger, finely chopped or coriander, chopped
  1. Wash and chop tomatoes. Puree the tomatoes in a blender. Also grind cashews with very little water, to a smooth paste.
  2. If using frozen paneer, defrost and keep in warm water, till used. Even fresh paneer, should be kept in warm water, to soften it.
  3. Heat a wok. Add butter and as it melts, add the aromatic spices. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for a minute.
  4. Then add the tomato puree. Add salt, sugar, red chilly powder and coriander powder. Keep flame on medium heat, and let it cook well, till it thickens like a sauce. Stir in between
  5. After about 15 mins, add tomato paste. Stir. Then add about a cup of water
  6. Now add the cashew paste. Cook for another 2-3 mins. Add black pepper, garam masala and crushed kasturi methi. Check seasoning.
  7. When the desired consistency of gravy is achieved, remove paneer cubes from warm water, and add to gravy. Finish off a with a dollop of fresh cream
  8. Garnish with green chillies/ginger or chopped coriander leaves and serve warm, with Indian bread or rice.


  • Butter gives the dish its unique taste. Substituting with oil will effect the taste quite a bit.
  • Always keep paneer in warm water, to retain softness. I simply microwave frozen paneer cubes in water for 3-4 mins.
  • Kasturi methi imparts an earthy flavour to the dish and is highly recommended
  • You can remove the whole spices, before serving the dish
  • You can also use little milk to adjust consistency, if not using cream. But cream will make it real “restaurant style”
  • Some people like this gravy sweet, some mildly spicy. So adjust the spice level according to your taste. And usage of sugar to cut the tartness of tomatoes.

6 comments: Leave Your Comments

  1. Oh my, this dish is so inviting. I will have to give this a try. Blessings, Catherine

  2. This looks absolutely delicious. My B is a fan of paneer though nobody else favors it in the house... gotto sneak it in when only he has his dinner... hehe...

  3. absolutely delicious, I had paneer makhni befor in a restaurant but never tried to make it at home .Thank you for sharing

  4. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments!

  5. Thalia @ butter and briocheSeptember 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Looks incredibly delicious and full of flavour. Thanks for the great recipe, I have never made paneer makhni before and I definitely will be making your recipe!

  6. I love making paneer. The next time I make it, I will try out this dish! YUM! Gorgeous, warm photos!

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