Paneer Makhani Restaurant Style | Cottage Cheese in a Buttery Gravy

by Rachna
paneer makhani

Paneer Makhani or Paneer Makhanwala is a silken, creamy and smooth gravy with melt-in-your-mouth pieces of cottage cheese. It is a favourite for vegetarians when they order outside. Now you can make it at home and it tastes just like what you get in a restaurant. Follow my easy, step-by-step recipe and earn praise at home.

paneer makhani

paneer makhani

Paneer Makhani Restaurant Style | Cottage Cheese in a Buttery Gravy

Rachna Parmar
This creamy Paneer Makhani or Butter Paneer is a decadent and indulgent creamy gravy that is mildly spiced and very delicious. Serve it with rotis or rice.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Punjabi | North Indian
Servings 4 serves


  • 250 gm. fresh paneer cottage cheese cut in cubes
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 tbsp. ginger chopped
  • 1 tbsp. garlic chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes chopped
  • 3 green cardamom
  • 1-2 small pieces cinnamon
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2-3 tbsp. cashews
  • 1 tbsp. kasuri methi
  • 2 tbsp. cream optional
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder optional
  • 1 tbsp. deggi mirch for colour
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • Salt as per taste


  • Melt butter in a pan.
  • Add cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and cardamom and fry for a minute.
  • Now add chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste and fry on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes till the onions are golden brown.
  • Add tomatoes and cashews and fry for another 8 minutes or till tomatoes are mushy.
  • Turn off the gas and cool down.
  • Now blend to a thick paste.
  • Heat the pan again and pour this thick gravy into it.
  • Stir it constantly on low heat. The gravy has the tendency to sputter so you can cover the pan half way.
  • Continue to stir for about 10-15 minutes till the gravy becomes glossy. This shows that it is well cooked.
  • Now add the coriander powder, garam masala, both kinds of chilly powder, sugar and salt. Add about a cup of water to make a thick gravy. Stir and taste. Adjust seasoning.
  • Add the paneer cubes in . Don't cook for more than 2-3 minutes now. Crush kasuri methi and add to the gravy.
  • Switch off the gas. Add a swirl of cream and mix well. This enhances the creamy texture of the gravy.
  • Serve hot with rotis, naan or rice


Don't overcook the paneer or it becomes stringy. Just cook it a little so that it is soft and delicious.
You can use this makhani gravy and substitute paneer with grilled or tandoori chicken or seafood.
This is a mildly spicy gravy with a hint of sweet. If you want it spicier, adjust chilly powder as per taste.
Deggi Mirch gives a beautiful red colour to the gravy.
The gravy must be completely smooth so blend it well.
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This is a really easy and tasty paneer makhani recipe. It is high on Calories due to the use of rich ingredients hence make it an indulgence only once in a while. My family loves this recipe.

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Bikramjit -

Another yummy yummy recipe.. i am trying this today for lunch.. i have a day off today yayyyyyyyyyy…..

Vasantha Vivek -

Paneer Makhani Is my hubby’s and son’s favorite. So much thanks for sharing this recipe. Will give a try soon.

Rachna -

Oh how nice! Hope you like the recipe.

Megala -

Wow ! Looks so yummy, thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe.

Rachna -

Thanks. Do let me know if you try it.

Soumya Prasad -

Look at that color! So damn gorgeous!

I shall try this this weekend for my husband who is a paneer lover.

Obsessivemom -

Now this is more like it – here’s a recipe I’m going to try. It looks absolutely delicious Rachna. Thanks for sharing.

Rachna -

Yes, this is such an addictive recipe. It is really so tasty. 🙂

Jyotirmoy Sarkar -

Have taken paneer makhani so many times from different restaurants that now i have became reluctant about this but my family members still love it, will share this recipe with them.

pushpendra پُشپیندر (@pushpendra4acti) -

looking delicious mouth watering

Indu -

This sounds easy,I shall try it


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