Paneer Makhani: A Curry With Butter and Tomato Gravy

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Paneer makhani.

Paneer makhani.

About Paneer Makhani

"Makhan" means butter in Hindi. Paneer makhani is a curry made with butter; oil is not used in this curry. The butter gives this spicy curry a smooth texture and wonderful flavor. I used a few cashew nut pieces and fresh cream along with the other spices to make the gravy. Paneer immersed in this spicy and creamy gravy tastes awesome.

I serve paneer makhani with cumin rice.

I serve paneer makhani with cumin rice.

Cook Time

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10 min

20 min

30 min

Serves four people


  • 1 bowl tomato, finely chopped
  • 200 grams paneer, cut in cubes
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons fresh or frozen milk cream
  • 2 to 3 green chilies, slit and cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, for making ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 inch ginger, for making ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 inch ginger, julienned
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder (gives red color), or any other chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder, available in Indian stores
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or as per taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon or more sugar, as per taste
  • 2 tablespoons cashew nut pieces (optional), soaked in water


  1. Chop tomato. Soak cashew nut pieces in water for 10 minutes. Grind them together to get a smooth liquid. Keep aside.
  2. Make ginger-garlic paste, by crushing them in a pestle. Alternatively, if you have ready paste, you can use it.
  3. Immerse paneer cubes in very hot water for 30 seconds. Drain the water. Run cold water on it. Keep aside.
  4. Heat butter in a pan. Add ginger-garlic paste. Saute till they turn golden. Pour tomato puree to it. Let the mix boil on a medium high fire. Stir the mix occasionally. Add red chili powder and salt. Lower the fire, when the paste starts leaving oil on the edges. It may take about 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Throw julienned ginger and slit green chilies. continue stir-cooking for 2 minutes. Add a cup of water. Let the mix boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Add paneer cubes. Gently mix them with the gravy. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  7. Add milk cream and sugar. Softly turn and mix the gravy. Simmer for a few seconds or till you get the thick consistency. Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves on it.
  8. The paneer makhani is ready! Serve it hot with fried rice, cumin rice, biryani, or flatbread. Enjoy this creamy curry!


ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on June 06, 2017:

Thank you. Yeah. You are one of my inspirations. This is a healthy and delicious curry. Make this curry and relish the taste!

ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on June 06, 2017:

Thank you. You are one of my inspirations. Yeah. It is a healthy and delicious curry with paneer. Make this dish and enjoy eating!

ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on June 05, 2017:

Thank you. You are one of my inspirations. Make all these tasty and healthy dishes and enjoy eating!

Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on June 05, 2017:

Your recipes always make me hungry! This one looks especially tasty. You know how much I love paneer!

ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on June 02, 2017:

Yes Tara. It is an awesome recipe that can be made in 30 minutes. Give a try.

Tarasquirrel from Azores on June 02, 2017:

Wow. Sound's good and looks quite easy to make.

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