Paneer Makhani

ranjani24's picture

Feb. 18, 2010

This is not a curry you should try to make if you're counting calories. Lightening this curry will not give you the same taste. The flavor of this dish comes from the rich ingredients used, you will not get the same results if you substitute cream with milk or forgo the cashew nuts. It is an indulgence, and not an everyday dish so remember that! Besides you can always burn it off by going dancing after dinner:)


Paneer cubes 400 Gram
Tomatoes 5 Medium , blanched, and pureed in a food processor
Cashew nuts 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , dry roasted, and finely ground up in a coffee grinder
Garlic ginger 1 Teaspoon
Green chillies 2 , finely chopped with seeds
Fenugreek leaves 3 Teaspoon , crushed (Kasuri Methi)
Red chilli powder 1 Teaspoon
Dhania powder 2 Teaspoon
Honey/A pinch of sugar 1 Teaspoon
Cream 3/4 Cup (12 tbs)
Butter 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (1 Stick)
Freshly ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon
Bay leaf 1
Cloves 4
Cardamom 1 Large
Cinammon stick 1


Melt the butter in a large pan, and when it melts add all the whole spices, and let it saute it for a few minutes, until you can smell the aroma of the spices.

Add the ginger garlic paste and the green chillies and let it cook for a couple of minutes until the raw smell of the garlic disappears. At this point the butter will forth up, don't worry, just turn down the heat to the lowest setting when it happens.

Add the tomato puree, powdered cashew nuts ,red chilli powder, dhania powder, salt and half a cup of water and let it cook for 8 minutes.

Add the paneer, honey/sugar, crushed fenugreek leaves and the garam masala and let it cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Stir in in the fresh cream, cook for another 2 minutes, and take it off the heat.

Dig in:

Serve it hot, drizzle some extra cream (purely as a granish!!) . I like to serve it with hot tandoori rotis or pulao.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1342Calories from Fat 708

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 81 g124.6%

Saturated Fat 38 g190%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 977 mg40.71%

Total Carbohydrates 118 g39.3%

Dietary Fiber 10 g40%

Sugars 53 g

Protein 42 g84%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet