Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy

Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy

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Basic makhani Gravy, the name says it all! The cream and butter used to prepare this gravy gives it the name “makhani”. It is a reddish tomato-based gravy commonly used in North Indian cuisines.


The sour taste of tomatoes is balanced by the use of fresh cream. Makhani gravies are an all-time favourite on the menus of almost all restaurants; the very famous Paneer Makhani , will tell you why! it can be combined with vegetables of your choice too.


Malai Koftas in Makhani Gravy , Makhani Paneer Tikka Roll and Mushroom Mutter Makhani are other popular recipes made using this gravy.

Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy recipe - How to make Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 1.5 cups
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Ingredients
Method
    Method
  1. Combine the tomatoes, cloves, cashewnuts and ½ cup of water in a mixer and blend to a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  2. Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds and sauté on a medium flame for few seconds.
  3. Add the ginger-garlic paste and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste, chilli powder, garam masala, dried fenugreek leaves, tomato ketchup, sugar and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Switch off the flame, add the fresh cream mix well.
  6. Use as required.

Storage

    Storage
  1. Use this gravy on the same day to make recipes of your choice. If you wish to store it in the deep-freezer for a few weeks, avoid adding cream as they may get spoilt on storing.
  2. Cool the gravy completely, pour in food-grade zip lock bags or airtight containers and store in the freezer.
  3. While making the subzi using the stored gravy, thaw and use it as per the recipe. Towards the end, add the cream, mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per cup
Energy190 cal
Protein3.6 g
Carbohydrates15.4 g
Fiber2.9 g
Fat13.2 g
Cholesterol15 mg
Sodium156 mg
Basic Makhani Gravy ( Popular Restaurant Gravy) by Tarla Dalal
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    1. From readymade soups and curry pastes to chutneys and dry spice mixes, nowadays in this fast paced life, everything is easily available in local stores. But, there are many people who still prefer preparing their own Indian spice blends at home like garam masala, chole masala, chaat masala etc. Working couples and bachelors also plan their meals over the weekends and stock up their refrigerators with basic gravies that come handy during lunch and dinner preps. Here are some popular basic gravy recipes that you might wanna try :
       

    How to make restaurant style makhani gravy :

    1. To prepare Punjabi makhani gravy at home, in a deep bowl, take tomatoes. Make use of fresh, red ripe tomatoes to get a naturally bright red colored gravy. Also, the tomatoes have been washed and chopped before grinding.
    2. Add cloves, Add cashew nuts. Peanuts, almonds and pine nuts work particularly well as substitute also, if you are looking for a nut-free solution then use watermelon seeds or sunflower seeds. Silken tofu, young coconut flesh are some other alternatives, but they surely will affect the texture of the gravy.
    3. Pour ½ cup of water.
    4. Transfer this to a mixer jar and blend to a smooth paste. Keep aside.
    5. To prepare the basic makhani gravy, heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan.
    6. Add cumin seeds and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
    7. Add ginger-garlic paste.
    8. Add onions.
    9. Sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes or until they are soft and translucent.
    10. Add the prepared tomato paste.
    11. Add chilli powder. We have used regular red chilli powder which will provide the necessary spice but, if you want a fiery red colour with spicy hint then use a combination of kashmiri red chilli powder and regular red chilli powder.
    12. Add garam masala. For a flavorful makhni gravy, use freshly prepared garam masala. I have made one using this detailed recipe of garam masala.
    13. Add dried fenugreek leaves. Lightly roast them and crush them with your palms before adding to get maximum flavours.
    14. Add tomato ketchup.
    15. Add sugar and salt.
    16. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
    17. Switch off the flame, add the fresh cream. If you are someone who loves absolutely smooth gravy then strain this out to get rid of fibres from the tomatoes.
    18. Mix well and our basic makhani gravy is ready.
    19. Use the Indian makhani gravy as required to make delightful sabzi recipes like: Makhani Paneer, Mushroom Mutter Makhani, Potato Koftas in Makhani Gravy.

    How to store makhani gravy :

    1. Use this gravy on the same day to make recipes of your choice. If you wish to store it in the deep-freezer for a few weeks, avoid adding cream as they may get spoilt on storing.
    2. Cool the gravy completely, pour in food-grade zip lock bags or airtight containers and store in the freezer.
    3. While making the subzi using the stored gravy, thaw and use it as per the recipe. Towards the end, add the cream, mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.

    Reviews

    Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy
     on 24 Jul 18 12:26 PM
    5

    Tarla Dalal
    27 Mar 19 10:26 AM
       Great to hear from you. Thanks for the feedback.
    Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy
     on 05 Jul 18 05:26 PM
    5

    Beautiful. Thank you Tarlaji. May your soul rest in peace.
    Tarla Dalal
    06 Jul 18 08:45 AM
       Hi Irene, Thank you for your kind words.
    Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy
     on 07 May 18 10:48 AM
    5

    I’ve tried it out for mixed veges and it was siperb Thx
    Tarla Dalal
    07 May 18 03:42 PM
       Hi Bella, We are delighted you loved the Basic Makhani Gravy recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking!!
    Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy
     on 07 May 18 06:44 AM
    5

    Thanks a lot. I tried this with veggies and it was super hit.
    Tarla Dalal
    07 May 18 08:35 AM
       Hi Smitha, Thank you so much for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and give us your feedback. Happy Cooking !
    Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy
     on 25 Apr 17 07:09 PM
    5

    ***** This makani gravy Yammy
    Tarla Dalal
    26 Apr 17 08:30 AM
       Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do try more and more recipes and let us know how you enjoyed them. Happy Cooking !!
    Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy
     on 03 Sep 16 10:37 PM
    5

    good test. makhani gravy im chef..north indian......
    Tarla Dalal
    06 Sep 16 09:22 AM
       Hi Narendra , we are delighted you loved the Basic Makhani Gravy recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking
    Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy
     on 21 Jul 16 07:19 PM
    5

    Tarla Dalal
    22 Jul 16 09:19 AM
       Hi Vaasu , we are delighted you loved the Basic Makhani Gravy recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
    Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy
     on 20 Jun 16 04:55 PM
    5

    Basic Makhani Gravy ( Popular Restaurant Recipes )
     on 11 Jan 16 08:07 PM
    5

    Hey, i have tried it, but the question is why do u use tomato ketchup?? Am chef in Indian restaurant bit ido t use ketchup.. Thanks
    Tarla Dalal
    13 Jan 16 08:40 AM
       Hi Chef Sadiq, we have used only 1 tsp of tomato ketchup, if you wish you can surely avoid it..
    Basic Makhani Gravy ( Popular Restaurant Recipes )
     on 19 Apr 14 09:26 AM
    5

    This has become an all time favourite dish at our household!! All the compliments I receive are all re-transmitted to Tarla jee from my heart!
    Tarla Dalal
    06 Jul 18 08:46 AM
       We are delighted you loved the Basic Makhani Gravy recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking!
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