Paneer Makhni

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हिंदी में पढ़ें – पनीर मखनी


  • 6oz paneer cubed (this will make 1-1/2 cup cubed paneer, available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds (til)
  • 4 tomatoes medium size cut into small pieces about 2 cup
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Powder the cashews and sesame seeds, (I like to use spice grinder). Set aside.
  2. Puree the tomatoes, ginger and green chili. Set aside.
  3. In about 2 cups of hot water, soak the cubed paneer for 5 minutes or more, this will make the paneer soft and give a nice texture. Set aside.
  4. Heat the butter in sauce pan over medium heat; after butter is moderately hot add cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  5. After the seeds crack add cashew nut powder and roast for about one minute.
  6. Add tomato puree and mix it well.
  7. Add the remaining spices, coriander, turmeric, salt, sugar, mix it well and cover the pot. Tomatoes splatter while cooking.
  8. Cook for about four minutes stirring in between until tomatoes start leaving the oil and tomatoes will be half in quantity.
  9. Add cream, cook for about two minutes stirring often.
  10. Add one cup of water, cover the pan and let it cook for about two to three minutes.
  11. Take out the paneer from water and put into the gravy, stir and cover the pan and cook for about five minutes.
  12. Adjust the gravy to your liking. If needed, add little more water, and cook. Turn off the heat.
  13. Add the cilantro and garam masala stir and cover for few minutes before serving.

Khud Khao, Sabko Khilao 😀


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