No celebration is complete without a rich, creamy paneer (cottage cheese) dish. This is one of my favourite paneer recipes that has won many hearts and beats any restaurant paneer recipe with a safe margin.
Difficulty Level: Easy
- Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) – 400 gm
- Butter – 4 tbsp
- Oil – 1 tbsp
- Green Cardamom – 4 (seeds finely crushed)
- Cloves – 4
- Bay leaves – 2
- Cinnamon – 2 (one inch long)
- Coriander seeds (crushed) – 2 tbsp
- Dried broken red chillies -2
- Onion (sliced) – 1 (medium size)
- Ginger paste – 2 tsp
- Garlic paste – 3 tsp
- Coriander powder – 1 Tsp
- Red Chili powder – 1 Tsp
- Garam Masala powder – 1tsp
- Tomatoes – 6 medium-sized
- Salt – to taste
- Kasoori Methi (fenugreek leaves) – 1 tsp (crushed)
- Fresh Cream – 2 tbsp
- Honey (optional but highly recommended) – 2 tbsp
- Oil for frying paneer
- Heat 3 tbsp butter and 1/2 tbsp oil in a thick bottomed pan or kadai (wok).
- Add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, broken red chillies, cardamom and crushed coriander seeds.
- Saute for half a minute.
- Add chopped onion and stir fry till the edges begin to turn golden. Now add ginger paste, garlic paste and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add coriander powder, salt, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and chopped tomatoes (you can even use tomato puree).
- Cook on high flame with constant stirring till the butter leaves sides.
- Take the masala off the heat and puree it in a mixer.
- In a non-stick, pan take one tablespoon oil and shallow fry the paneer (cut into triangles) till both sides turn light golden in colour.
- Once the paneer pieces are golden, transfer them in a bowl containing water. Make sure all pieces are dipped inside water.
- In another pan heat the remaining butter and two teaspoons oil, cook pureed mixture for two minutes.
- Add half a cup of water and stir well.
- Drain paneer out of the water and mix well in the prepared gravy. Cook covered for 6 to 8 minutes.
- Add honey and finely crushed kasoori methi. Mix well and take off the heat.
- Mix cream and serve hot.
Serve hot with naan, chapati, parantha or rice.
Tip: Add cream just before serving.
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31 thoughts on “Paneer Makhani Recipe”
Aiyo…..what a telepathy!!…just now i was googling abt some presentable paneer recipes as expecting some guest this wednesday who do not eat non-veg…and i have cooked very few paneer recipes till now…i wd try and let u know how it turns out 🙂
P.S. might bother u with my mail again if i have any questions abt this recipe 😀
Am waiting to hear how it turned out 😀
Feel free to ask any questions Nibedita 😀
I will make this tomorrow promise
Please do let me know how it turned out 😀
repeat my previous reply .. YUMMMMYYYYYYYYYYYYYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Drooling and more drooling 🙂 may be I should use this for my Julia/Julie project 🙂
Yes, go for it RM, it’s yummy and very easy too 😀
Sumptous looking dish 🙂 I have paneer in the freezer right now so dinner is decided then.
Am waiting for you to taste and tell me your verdict 😀
Love it! 🙂
Go for it GB…am sure you’ll like it 🙂
wah re wah 😀
Chalo principle chef get cooking 😉 😀
kaun main? 😆
haan tum 😀
wow.. super re.. parcel now.. can mail u the address.. :)..
😆 make it ashreyamom, it’ll take much less time than if I mail it….trust me Bunty will love it 😀
Sounds yum! I generally don’t have paneer for health reasons but this one I gotta try.
Once the paneer pieces are golden, transfer them in a bowl containing water. Make sure all pieces are dipped inside water.
Why transfer them to water after frying them?
To keep them soft and it also drains (washes) extra oil from Paneer. I use this trick each time I make paneer 🙂
A’s favourite favourite dish!! and it looks scrumptiously yummy!
my favorite too 😀
This is more or less the recipe that I use – I add sugar and curd instead of honey and cream. 🙂 It turns out much better than hotel stuff, I agree.
Droolworthy pic. 🙂
BTW can you post some recipes for healthy food, please? I am looking for some that are simple but tasty yet healthy, and am at a loss. 😦
Yay! same pinch TGND for cooking a similar paneer recipe.
I’ll try to do a healthy recipe post soon 🙂
Yummy! Will try this over the weekend 🙂
Do you always fry the paneer in your paneer dishes? I normally use directly…
Yes I do, except while making Palak Paneer where I tend to use it as it is 🙂
Do let me know lifesong how it turned out 😀
I have Paneer sitting in the fridge , I will try this recipe over the weekend. Looks delicious!!
Go for it LF 🙂
Do let me know how it turned out 😀
When to add salt while cooking? It is in the list of ingredients.
Thank you for pointing it out SG. The salt is to be added with other spices.
Have edited to add salt in the method 🙂
Era, It was a genuine question. Not a “gotcha”.
I can understand SG, offcourse when to add the salt DOES make a lot of difference. I know it well for I cook and experiment with food a lot 🙂
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