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 Add yours

  1. rakhi doshi says:

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

  2. himakshi khatri says:

    liked this very much. i’ll try .

    1. Jain Foodie says:

      Thanks Himakshi.

  3. Reema says:

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

    1. Jain Foodie says:

      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. Rachana Shah says:

    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.

    1. Jain Foodie says:

      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 says:

    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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