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Healthy Paneer Makhani garnished with coriander and served with rice and a side of chopped onions in a white plate.

Healthy Paneer Makhani

A healthy, low-fat version of the popular Paneer Makhani, but just as flavorful. The thick, luscious gravy substitutes yogurt for cream.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 Portions
Calories 339kcal
Author Richa


  • 6 Tomatoes chopped
  • 2 Onions chopped
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 2 Chilies Kashmiri Red
  • 4 - 5 Cashew nuts
  • 1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds Khus Khus or White
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 Cardamoms
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Tomato Ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • tablespoons Kasuri Methi dry fenugreek
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Yogurt beaten
  • 500 grams Paneer Cottage Cheese


  • In a pressure cooker, add tomatoes, onions, garlic, green chillies, red chillies, cashewnuts, khus khus, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and half a cup of water. After 2 whistles, switch off the flame and set aside to cool.
  • Once cooled, fish out the whole spices (bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom) and puree the rest in a blender till smooth.
  • Add oil and butter to a pan. Once hot add the pureed mixture and tomato ketchup and simmer for 20 minutes. Add salt and garam masala.
  • In another pan, dry roast the kasuri methi and then grind to a fine powder. Add to the gravy and cook for five more minutes.
  • Just before serving, add the beaten yogurt and paneer. Serve with chapatis or rice and a side of onions.


  1. Garam Masalas can vary slightly in taste and strength. Please adjust quantity as required.
  2. In case you don't have a pressure cooker; in the first step, start by sauteing everything except tomatoes in a non stick pan with a teaspoon of oil for fifteen minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for another ten minutes. After which, follow instructions from step 2.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1167IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 457mg | Iron: 1mg