Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala

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Though just a tablespoon, the butter gets a status equal to the paneer in this recipe as you can guess from the name of Paneer Makhanwala.

This is because frying the spice powders and tomato-onion puree in butter gives this dish its unique, intensely rich flavour. At each stage, make sure you sauté the ingredients for the prescribed time and no less than that, so that you get a rich aroma.

The paneer has to be really soft and succulent to get the best outcome from this recipe.

Serve this subzi hot and enjoy with Pulaos , Rotis or Puris .

Paneer Makhanwala recipe - How to make Paneer Makhanwala

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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1 1/2 cups paneer (cottage cheese) cubes
2 cups roughly chopped tomatoes
1 cup roughly chopped onions
1 tbsp roughly chopped garlic (lehsun)
1 tsp roughly chopped ginger (adrak)
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp sugar
salt to taste

For Serving

  1. Combine the tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger and 1 cup of water in a broad non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 6 to 8 minutes or till the tomatoes soften, while stirring occasionally.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Once cooled, blend in a mixer till smooth. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add the dried fenugreek leaves and chilli powder and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  4. Add the prepared tomato-onion mixture, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the paneer, sugar and salt, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve hot with parathas.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy214 cal
Protein8.3 g
Carbohydrates11.2 g
Fiber1.5 g
Fat15 g
Cholesterol7.5 mg
Sodium36.2 mg
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Paneer Makhanwala
 on 08 Sep 20 12:44 PM

Tarla Dalal
12 Sep 20 05:07 PM
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Paneer Makhanwala
 on 08 Jul 20 07:52 PM

Simple and tastes good.
Tarla Dalal
11 Jul 20 01:06 PM
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Paneer Makhanwala
 on 24 May 17 10:59 AM

Paneer Makhanwala
 on 29 Apr 17 06:25 AM

Such a simple and delicious recipe! Thanks!!
Paneer Makhanwala
 on 08 Nov 15 04:41 AM

Tarla Dalal
09 Nov 15 03:48 PM
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Paneer Makhanwala
 on 01 Aug 15 04:23 PM

Paneer Makhanwala always looks very attractive with its red gravy and i didn''t expect it will come out so good when i will make this at home. I made this recipe and it looked very attractive and so delicious was its taste. it s not so quick but not even very lengthy. If in just a few minutes, you can get such a tasty subzi then you should definitely not miss this.
Paneer Makhanwala
 on 07 Sep 14 04:28 PM

Easy to prepared and yummy.
Paneer Makhanwala
 on 09 Oct 12 09:39 AM

Cottage cheese delicately simmered in a onion and tomato gravy. Non spicy and kids love it. Quick to make.