Paneer or cottage cheese is a great Indian form of cheese, healthy and hugely like by every one but Makane (lotus seeds) are on the other side not so very often used although have numerous health benefits. They are used more during religious ceremonies.
This is a traditional north Indian dish, rich in taste and can be included in a normal day or party menu. Its made with paneer & makhane in rich tomato gravy.
Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Yields
20 mins 20 mins 40 mins 2-3 Serving
Cottage cheese (paneer) – 250 grams (cut into small pieces)
Lotus seeds (makhane) – 2 cups – roasted in ghee
Onion – 3 large
Ginger – 1 inch long piece
Garlic – 3-4 cloves
Tomato – 4 large
Green chili – 1
Dried mint – ½ teaspoon
Fresh green coriander – ¼ cup
Ghee (clarified butter) –
Milk – 2 cups
Fresh cream – ½ cup
Salt per paste –
Cumin seeds – ¼ teaspoon
Red chili powder – ½ teaspoon
Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
Coriander powder – ½ teaspoon
Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
Poppy seeds (khus khus) – 1 tablespoon
Cashew nuts – 1 cup (sliced or chopped)
Almond – 8-10 (thinly slices or flakes)
Pistachio – 8-10 (thinly sliced)
- Heat clarified butter in a pan and fry makhane.
- Soak poppy seeds a bowl of water for 10-15 minutes.
- Blend tomato, onion, ginger & garlic together in a blender and make a paste.
- Heat ghee in a large pan, add cumin seeds first & then blended onion tomato mix and fry for 5-6 minutes. Now add poppy seeds & dried mint & fry for another 3-4 minutes.
- Now add paneer small cubes, toasted lotus seeds, salt, turmeric, red chili, and coriander & garam masala powders. Take off heat & keep aside for half hour for the spices to blend with the cottage cheese & lotus seeds.
- Now put the pan again on heat, add milk & cream and let it come to a boiling point, then add water, let it simmer now at low heat for 8-10 minutes so that the lotus seeds (makhane) to become soft & cottage cheese (paneer) to get a distinct colour.
- Now add the cashew nuts, let simmer for another 2 minutes and then add garam masala in the end for the aroma and flavor to be great.
Note: Garnish with fresh green coriander and this yummy curry dish can be served with roti, chapatti, naan or even rice. Yum!
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