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Paneer Makhmali | Easy GF Side Dishes | Party Sides

How can we have a Mains and Sides week for Proteins Mega Blogging Marathon without Paneer featuring as a star ? As with most Indian families, Paneer is a favourite with my kids too. I make a lot of dishes with Paneer, but in this particular dish, Tofu (or any vegan cheese) can be easily substituted. So, adapted from Vaishali’s recipe, this was one of the few bookmarks I was happy to make twice over and we loved it a lot. Thank you Vaishali, I made a few twists and the kids were thrilled to see a new variation for the weekend dinner.


More Paneer dishes on the blog:

Nargisi Kofta Curry (Mock Egg Gravy)

Shahi Paneer Masala (Side dish for Roti)

Paneer Pudinawale (Paneer in Mint gravy)

Paneer Tikka Manchurian

Matar – Paneer (Peas – Paneer gravy)

Paneer Potato Curry ~ Cottage cheese and Potato curry

Low fat Palak Paneer

Paneer Kulcha (stuffed flatbread)

Paneer Kebab (appetiser)

Paneer Chilli Bites (Appetiser)

Pista Rasabali (a delicious sweet from orissa)

Mini Paneer & Spinach Tarts (Appetiser)

Paneer Manchurian (indo Chinese starter)

Paneer Bharwa Shimla Mirch (Bell peppers stuffed with scrambled and spiced Paneer)

Paneer Gulab Jamun (Indian Dessert with a twist)

Paneer Aloo Paratha

Low Fat Paneer Makhanwala

Raisin and Paneer Pulav

Palak Paneer Parathas (Flat bread stuffed with spinach and Paneer)

Paneer Pav Bhaji

Methi Chaman

Well, as you can see we are a family of Paneer lovers. Lets get to today’s recipe. The prep stages are slightly longer but totally worth the effort 🙂

Paneer Makhmali – a GF Paneer based Gravy

Cuisine : Indian, Course : Sides ; Serves : 4

Serving Suggestions :  Flatbreads / Pulav

Prep time : 20 mins, Cook time : 15 mins

Protein Source : Paneer (Cottage Cheese) & Cashewnuts



Oil – 2 tsp

Malai Paneer – 250 gms – cut into medium chunks

Onion Paste – 2/3 cup

Fresh Tomato Puree – 1 cup

Soaked Cashewnut paste – 1/2 cup (can also use sunflower seeds as in the original recipe).

Salt – to taste

Turmeric – a pinch

Coconut milk – 1/4 cup (opt.)

Ginger – 1 inch long

garlic – 3 medium pods

Kasuri methi – 1/2 tsp (crushed)

Dry spices: Garam Masala, red chilli powder.

Prep work:

Soak 3 TBSP cashew nuts in warm water and grind to a paste.

Blanch and puree 3 medium sized tomatoes.

Dry saute 2 medium onions & ginger and garlic till soft, Cool and puree.


 How to make:

In a pan, heat oil, add the onion-garlic-ginger paste, saute well. Add the dry spices. saute till raw smell disappears.

Add the tomato puree and the cashew nuts puree. add a bit of warm water and let it simmer.

Then add the kasuri methi, paneer and let it simmer.

Add the coconut milk and let it simmer for 1-2 mins more.

Serve warm with Chapatis / Phulkas.



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  1. I guess this is one dish that will always be a hit with kids..Mine can have this all through the week if served!..very good one Kalyani.

  2. Sharmila kingsly

    Lovely paneer curry and you have a very good collection of paneer dishes.. Awesome..

  3. cookingwithsapana

    Paneer curry is always a hit with kids and adults too. This makhmali paneer is so tempting.

  4. Gayathri Kumar

    Looks super inviting Kalyani. The cashew and coconut milk adds to the richness of the gravy. Perfect side dishes for Indian flat breads..

  5. Wow, coconut milk in a paneer dish, thats makes me hungry. Paneer makhmali looks absolutely creamy, am sure this dish will definitely please some hungry tummy without any fuss.

  6. vaishali sabnani

    Thanks Kalyani ! Can you believe even I have not made Paneer since long … this one is one of the best panders and you have made it very well .

  7. Yummy paneer Kalyani. My girls don't like paneer so this one will be a pipe dream.

  8. Such a mouthwatering way to make paneer. A tasteful gravy with coconut and cashew nuts added.

  9. yummm. That addition of coconut milk is great. Adds that rich creamy and sweet flavor. I bet vaandu will love this too. will try it out.

  10. Its a long time since I made some paneer dishes. This marathon is reminding me to make some… Aweosme dish..

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