Perfect Paneer Makhani

Paneer MakhaniFor our first Valentine’s Day together, Nevin decided to cook for me for the first time. He prepared an awesome 3 course meal, and the main dish was paneer makhani! Ever since then, this has become one of our staple recipes. We try to make this once a month or so, and we always make a large batch so we can enjoy it for a couple dinners and a lunch. His original recipe was out of this world and since then we have been working together to make it even better! Enjoy! 

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes


  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 3 cups fresh cubed paneer (we use two 12 oz packs- you can find this in any Indian grocery store)
  • 1/2 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • <1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • >1/8 cup kasuri methi (fenugreek)
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light cream (or 2 cups if you like more sauce)


In a pan over medium heat, heat up 2 tbsp of oil and fry the paneer until light golden brown.IMG_2164

When finished, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.IMG_2165

Meanwhile, add 1 tbsp to the same pan and begin frying the onions until golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste, mix well and fry for about 1 minute. Next, add the coriander powder, garam masala, chili powder, and salt. Fry for about 30 seconds until the masalas are all well combined.IMG_2166

Add the tomato paste, ketchup and kasuri methi. Add in milk and mix well. IMG_2167

Cook covered on low heat for about 5 minutes. Once done cooking, add back in the fried paneer.IMG_2168

Top this off with your cream, mix well and let simmer covered for about another 5 minutes.IMG_2169

Serve this dish warm over your favorite rice or with naan.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 570; Fat: 39 g; Cholesterol: 120 mg; Sodium: 250 mg; Carbs: 9 g; Sugars: 6 g; Protein: 28 g

** Note nutrition facts are for paneer only, does not include rice

Amanda’s Rating: 10/10

Nevin’s Rating: 10/10



4 Comments Add yours

  1. lizjones090 says:

    Yum I want to make this! Not as hard as you’d think but dif types of ingredients you wouldn’t have lying around. Ketchup in it, who knew!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefchewie says:

      You need to make it, it is so delicious! There are so many Indian groceries in NYC, I’m sure there’s one close to you that you might not even know about and then you snag everything you need!


  2. Dora says:

    Aw. Finally the one I’ve been waiting for. Sluuuurp!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefchewie says:

      Thank you! You will have to try it and let me know what you think!



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