Paneer Makhanwala

Posted: April 20, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Dinner, Indian Food
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Paneer Makhanwala is a dish from Mughlai cuisine. Mughlai cuisine consists of the dishes which were prepared in the kitchen of Mughal Emperors. These dishes are very exotic, rich in flavor and spices. Also, in the preparation of most of mughlai dishes, milk and cream is used to enhance the richness of the dish. This cuisine is very popular in northern part of India though you can eat most of mughlai dishes these days in every restaurant. But the best place to enjoy mughlai food is Delhi which specializes in the preparation of this cuisine.

Paneer is a fresh cheese common in south asian cuisine  and makhan is referred to cream used in the dish. Hence the name Paneer Makhanwala. It is also called Shahi Paneer, reference to the royalty which use to enjoy this dish. It is best served with indian bread called Naan.

Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala


  • 2 cups paneer, cut in cubes
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 green chillies, devined and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon tandoori paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 3 tablespoon heavy cream
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 dry bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • chopped cilantro leaves for garnish
Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala


  • Heat 1/2 teaspoon of oil in a pan , add onions, chillies, garlic, ginger with a pinch of salt. Cook until onions are softened. Cool down the mixture and transfer this to the blender jar and blend it into a fine paste.
  • In the same pan, add rest of the oil and butter, then add bay leaves followed by onion paste. Cook until it turns light brown in color.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, tandoori paste, salt and cook until the oil separates from the masala about 7-10 minutes.
  • Add little bit of water for desired consistency, cover the pan and cook for another 3-4 minutes on low heat.
  • Add cream to the sauce and mix everything well. In the end add paneer cubes to the sauce and gently stir to mix everything well. If you are using store-bought paneer, put in hot boiling water for 10-15 minutes, so that it gets little soft.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve!
Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala

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  2. I’m sold out seeing your first picture….fantastic!

  3. Legume says:

    Thanks so much, I can’t wait to make this!

  4. prabha mani says:

    First time here..U having a great blog with yummy recipes..I Love Paneer(Who doesn’t love Paneer?) …Glad to Follow u.. 🙂

  5. Paneer makhanwala….wow! Always my favorite…..Yours seem so classic and creamy. Like those naan in the background too:) I should try to do this like you soon:)

  6. Nithu says:

    Am just drooling. Wonderful recipe.

  7. my d is crazy about this gravy and urs llook perfect- slurp !

  8. kshipra says:

    Wow!! looks so tempting. droolworthy pics.

  9. Mmm looks so yummy! I gave paneer another chance and made my own and I loved it so much more than those I’ve tasted in restaurants.

  10. Love this paneer makhanwalla recipe. The pictures look yummy. Since you are passionate about Indian cooking you might like one of my new websites I am following recently –

  11. SinFoodie says:

    Wow, This looks rich !! Great photographs.

  12. Joyti says:

    Yum! I love paneer, and although our family’s food is not quite as rich as the Mughal-inspired stuff from the North – Northwest, I still think its very tasty. The paneer makhanwala certainly sounds delectable.

  13. Padhu says:

    Wow Such a beautiful picture! looks irresistible

  14. Raji says:

    Paneer makhanwala is the most frequently ordered dish by us in the restaurant. The colour has turned out very lovely and sure does looks very rich and creamy. Thanks for dropping by at my space Suman.

  15. Gayathri says:

    Lovely click …Yummy , delicious …

  16. Tanvi says:

    Looks so tasty.I m craving this scrumptious meal nw.

  17. saffronstreaks says:

    thanx Suman for dropping by, you have a lovely space here.

    Paneer makhanwala is simply irrestible with gorgeous color.

  18. sonia says:

    Hi Suman, The paneer is looking absolutely delightful. Very nicely made and presented. Its always fun to see ur appetizing recipes. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day !!!

  19. Sobha Shyam says:

    Looks very tempting and lovely…nice clicks..wonderful blog 🙂 Thanx for stopping at my space.

  20. Panchpakwan says:

    Delicious and creamy paneer..Loved the whole spread..

  21. Sarah Naveen says:

    Beautiful clicks…Tempting presentation…totally wow!!! yummy yumm!!

  22. Pam says:

    Mmmm. I think it looks so delicious!

  23. Joanne says:

    Mmm I have really been craving paneer lately so this dish has gotten my stomach growling!

  24. Rosa says:

    That dish looks so mouthwatering! I want some for lunch, please…



  25. Kankana says:

    looks very delicious.. made to perfection !! 🙂

  26. simply outtasight my dear – totally drooling over this!

  27. Tes says:

    Wow your paneer makhanwala looks so creamy and rich 🙂 I will definitely try this recipe 🙂

  28. Radhika says:

    I love the color of the gravy so much. So thick and rich. Incidentally I love makhanwla more than the usual PB Masala.

  29. Very flavorful and tempting dish!

  30. Delish!! Give me some with some kulchas now 🙂

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  31. love2cook says:

    What a divine curry! Feel like grabbing the whole pot now 😉

  32. daksha says:

    Looks so appealing! What a great mix of flavors…definitely a must try!

  33. rebecca says:

    great dish I just love paneer 🙂 and need to make it myself my friend makes it very well with chappati yum

  34. Mary says:

    This is really lovely. I would love to have been at the table when this was served. Your photos are beautiful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  35. MaryMoh says:

    Love that thick sauce and colour. Can tell it’s very delicious…mmm

  36. Namitha says:

    Really royal 🙂 Love this

  37. Swathi says:

    Paneer makhanwala looks awesome, love the color and creaminess Suman.

  38. Paneer look so delicious and inviting.

  39. Priya says:

    Omg, cant take my eyes from ur paneer makhanwala,simply irresistible..

  40. Deepa says:

    Mouthwatering, Delicious, Lavish looking Paneer preparation. Looks yummy.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  41. biny anoop says:

    dats soooo tempting dear…paneer makhanwala looking fab

  42. Vimitha says:

    The curry looks spicy rich and restaurant-y

  43. Nandini says:

    The paneer makhanwala looks tempting and groovy!

  44. aipi says:

    Any paner dish is my fav n this one is super fav! The spread looks really inviting- how I wish I was your neighbor ;))

    US Masala

  45. That is a dish that my son would adore and so I am bookmarking it! Love the idea that it was served to emperors! 🙂

  46. Nicole, RD says:

    I’ve never cooked with paneer…I need to change this!

  47. Thick and rich gravy….goes well with any flat breads…nice clicks too

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