Paneer Makhani is a delectable and rich Indian gravy made of Paneer pieces cooked in a base of butter, tomatoes & cream. It is flavored with Garam Masala & other Indian spices.
This dish has very unique flavor profile with slightly sweet, tangy and spicy notes. Tomato is one of the core ingredients in the gravy. The tomatoes are cooked in butter (called Makhan in Hindi) and that is the reason behind naming this dish Paneer Makhani.
Generally either cream or a paste of cashews and almonds is added to the gravy in order to achieve a smooth and silky texture. However, if you want to make a lighter gravy, you can also use milk as a substitute for cream.
Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) is one of the most loved foods across India and has started gaining prominence around the world as well in the form of gravies and snacks. Paneer Makhani is one of the simplest but highly popular Paneer dishes made all across the world.
This dish is often found in the menus of Indian restaurants and dhabas. Paneer Makhani is an all rounder dish which fits well any type of special occasion or party menu.
To make Paneer Makhani at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
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Category: Main Course
Nutrition (per serving)
Ingredients For Paneer Makhani Recipe
- 200gm Paneer
- 4-5 Large Tomatoes
- 1-2 Green Chilies
- 3-4 Garlic Cloves
- ~1 inch piece of Ginger
- 2 Green Cardamom (Hari Elaichi)
- 2 Cloves (Laung)
- ~1 inch stick of Cinnamon (Dalchini)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
- 1 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania Powder)
- 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala
- 1 Teaspoon Salt, or according to taste
- 1 Tablespoon Heavy Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Kasuri Methi (Dry Fenugreek Leaves)
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
Step By Step Instructions for Paneer Makhani Recipe
Heat some butter in a pan and add Cumin Seeds, Dalchini (Cinnamon Stick), Elaichi (Cardamom) and Laung (Cloves). Fry the whole spices for a minute.
Add finely chopped green chilies along with ginger-garlic paste to the pan and fry for a minute so that they are roasted.
Make puree of 4 tomatoes and add it to the pan after the ginger-garlic is roasted. Sauté for 4-5 minutes till the tomatoes are cooked.
Wait till the tomato puree has reduced and then add Turmeric Powder, Red Chili Powder, Coriander Powder, Garam Masala and Salt. Cook for a couple of minutes till the spices are roasted and the gravy starts to leave oil on the sides.
Add some cream and around 1/2 cup of water to the gravy. You can use milk instead of cream to make the dish lighter.
Add Paneer cubes to the gravy. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 3-4 minutes till the Paneer is soft and cooked.
Sprinkle some crushed Kasuri Methi (Dry Fenugreek Leaves) and mix everything together.
Paneer Makhani is ready. Drizzle some cream on the top along with some cilantro leaves for garnishing. Serve it hot along with any Indian Bread or on the side of any Rice dish.
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