November 23, 2011

Low cal Paneer Makhanwala | Low cal cottage cheese in spicy onion gravy

Low fat Paneer Makhanwala ?? That's the message I read on hubby's face as I planned my dinner menu last night. I have my husband's nephew who orders either Paneer Makhanwala or Paneer Butter Masala everytime with Butter Kulcha everytime he goes out : so much so that they have stopped asking him what he wants to eat. Today's dish is a take on the same - and adapted from here, I chose to make it as low fat and low cal as possible. We enjoyed it Butter Kulcha, and my daughter now says I need to make Paneer dishes twice a week instead of only Sundays... Mission accomplished : I had satisfied my fussiest eater :-) 

This dish goes to :
Radhika's Winter Carnival 
Day 1 of Blogging Marathon - Winter Foods for Nov'11. 
Only Curries - event by Pari, hosted by Kamalika
Kavi's HCC - event by Smitha 

Do check out my fellow marathoners here
Check out other side dishes for Roti here.

Prep time : 15 mins. Cook time : 15 mins. Serves: 4

  • Paneer / Cottage Cheese - 200 gms
  • Onions - 3 large (split use) - chopped thin vertically
  • Tomatoes - 3 large
  • Salt - to taste
  • Butter - 1/2 TBSP
  • Ghee / Clarified butter - 1 tsp
  • olive Oil - 2 TBSP
  • Milk - 3/4 cup

To grind:

  • Onions (caramelised)
  • Poppy seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Cashew - 3 or 4
  • Garlic - 1 pod
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Green Chilly - 1 no
  • Red chilly (Kashmiri) - 1 no.

Dry Masalas : 

  • Garam Masala - 1 TBSP
  • Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
  • Kitchen king Masala - 1/2 TBSP
  • Turmeric - a dash


  • Kasuri Methi - 1 tsp
  • Coriander - little
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh cream - 1/4 tsp (opt.)

1) In a non stick pan, melt butter and ghee together. Add the paneer chunks and fry them till golden brown and slightly crunchy. Drain on paper towels and immerse in luke warm water for 4-6 mins. 
2) Blanch and puree tomatoes till you get a fine puree. Strain and reserve.
3) Soak cashewnuts in 1/4 cup of hot water for 10 mins.
4) Meanwhile, fry 3/4 of the finely chopped onions in 2 TBSP of oil till golden brown. Add a teeny weeny pinch of sugar to aid quicker caramelisation. Drain on a paper towel.
5) Grind together the caramelised onions with the rest of the ingredients under "to grind" above.
6) In a deep bottomed pan, add 1 tsp of oil. Add the rest of the sliced onions. Fry well. Add the ground masala , salt and fry again. Now add the pureed tomatoes and the dry masalas one by one. When the gravy starts leaving out oil on the sides, add the fried paneer cubes. Mix well.
7) Take it off the fire and add the milk. Cover and sim for 2 - 3 mins.
8) Finish with cream(opt.), coriander leaves, kasuri methi, lemon juice and serve hot with any Indian bread.


  1. An all time favorite..looks really yum and delicious..

  2. v tempting Kalyani...looks like restaurant food...:)

  3. Lovely healthy paneer creamy curry. yummyy.

  4. Looks super delicious.. perfect with hot hot rice..

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  5. Is Paneer Makhanwala = Paneer Butter Masala??

  6. SUper rich looking paneer makhanwala,just drooling over here..

  7. Awesome.. very tempting recipe..

  8. gorgeous looking curry!

  9. This is one of my favorite dishes, yours look awesome. Simply love it.

  10. yummy paneer makhanwala. looks rich and delicious

  11. One of my favourite dish. looks yum and sounds interseting.

  12. Looks so much like what we get in restaurants. Absolutely great!


  13. Amazing, so glad to run BM again with you..recipe looks simply inviting

  14. My all time fav. looks so delicious and the clicks are awesome.

  15. great recipe. I'm drooling!!! thanks for linking!
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  16. yummy that it is low calorie..


  17. Looks delicious and the clicks are awesome :)

  18. Man that is making my knees weak! Love anything with Paneer!

  19. wow... paneer makhanwala looks so delicious.. cant wait to try this at home.. thanks for sharing... glad to follow you.. do visit my blog sometime...

  20. bookmarking this...looks very nice


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