Thursday, 27 February 2014

Recipe - Paneer Makhanwala

D is a huge fan of Paneer. That is one vegetarian food item that he is eager to to eat as soon as it is pulled out of the fridge! Such love and reverence is otherwise only reserved for non-vegetarian food. Of course, he eats all other vegetables and loves dal too, but the sight of these don't get him all excited...know what I mean?

The budding cook in me, keeps trying out quick and easy ways to prepare paneer dishes (don't get much time with an over-active toddler around, you see ;) ). After various experiments, this is what I finally settled down for (with a thumbs up from the entire D household :) )
So, this recipe is my version of Paneer Makhanwala.

Paneer Makhanwala


200 gms Paneer (cubed)
2 Onions
2 Tomatoes
7-8 Garlic cloves
1 1/2 inch piece Ginger
20 Cashews
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp jeera
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 green chilli (2 if you want it a little more spicy)
A bunch of coriander leaves for garnishing (chopped fine)
2 tbsp butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp oil
Salt to taste


Roughly chop the onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, green chillies and keep aside.

Chop and soak the cashews in hot water and keep aside.

In a kadai, heat the oil and lightly fry the paneer till light golden brown. Drain on a kitchen towel.

In the same kadai, add the jeera and fry for a minute. Add the onions and fry till it turns pink in colour.

 Add the ginger, garlic, green chillies, cashews and fry till the raw smell evaporates.

Now add the tomatoes.

Mix and cook till it becomes soft. Keep aside to cool.
After the mixture cools down, grind it to a smooth paste. You may add a little water if required.

Heat the kadai again, and add the paste.

Add the red chilli powder and turmeric powder and mix. Add water and bring to a boil.

When it boils, turn the gas to slow and add the milk and paneer.
Add the garam masala powder and salt. Mix well. Simmer on slow flame for 5 min.

Add the butter and coriander leaves, Stir and cook for 2-3 mins.

Paneer Makhanwala is done. Serve hot with rice or rotis. :)

Enjoy :)

Over To You:
What is your favourite Paneer recipe?
Do drop in a comment if you try this at home. Actually, even if you do not try this.
Love to hear from all of you :)