Jain Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala

Serving : 2 Persons

Ingredients :

For Tomato Puree

  • 3 Tomatoes (Medium)
  • 1 Tablespoon Yogurt (Curd)
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Cream (Malai)

For White Paste

  • 8-10 Cashew Nuts (Kaju)
  • 1 Teaspoon Sesame Seeds (Til)
  • 1 Teaspoon White Watermelon Seeds (Magtari)

Other Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Butter or Ghee
  • 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds (Rai)
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder (Lal Mirch)
  • 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 100 grams Grilled Paneer
  • Coriander Leaves (Kothmir) (Finely Chopped)
  • Salt To Taste


For Tomato Puree : Blend tomatoes with curd and cream to a smooth puree.

For White Paste : Soak all the ingredients in water for about half an hour and then blend it to a smooth paste.

Heat butter in a pan and add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Add white paste and roast it till the paste changes colour. Add tomato puree and rest of dry masala and let it cook till the oil separates from the gravy. Add grilled paneer and cook for a minute more.

Garnish it with chopped coriander and serve hot with tandoori roti, naan or paratha.


  1. To make low calorie recipe, you can skip cream in tomato puree, instead just add 2 tsp of milk into the gravy just before serving. It will taste as creamier but without calories.
  2. You can add boiled green peas along with paneer to the gravy.

8 comments for “Paneer Makhanwala

  1. rakhi doshi
    November 7, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    LET ME TRY IT TODAY ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. himakshi khatri
    January 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    liked this very much. i’ll try .

  3. Reema
    March 1, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Do I need to saute the tomatoes before blending into a puree??

    • March 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      No, you will not need to saute the tomatoes. I have also found a new improved recipe for Tomato Gravy which will be put up soon. Keep checking.
      Note that Tomato Gravy is used as base for most of the punjabi dishes so the preparation will be same.

  4. July 18, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    I m trying my hand on jain recipes for the first time. So I happened to check this website n recipes..I made chole n Pav bhaji which rocked at my place. Please keep posting new items.

    • July 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Hi Rachana, Thank you for your comments and I am glad it turned out to be good. Please do share your feedback for other recipes and if you have any special request for new recipes you can mention them here or e-mail us.



  5. Alka shah
    June 30, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    I made this but it’s too sour and taste is coming only of tomatoes.I want improve it,what should I do???

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