Malai Paneer (Paneer with cream and cashewnuts)

I like using paneer in gravies apart from making panner tikkas. This malai paneer is another version of paneer butter masala but I use coconut, cashews and cream to complete the cooking process.

Ingredients: (Serves-2)

Small onion-1
Roma tomatoes-3
Red chili powder- 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala powder- 1 tsp
Salt- to taste
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Oil- 1 tbsp
Ginger Garlic paste- 1 tsp

Spice powder(dry roast and powder):
Coriander seeds- 2 tbsp
Red chilies-4
Cinnamon-1″ piece

Cream paste:
Cream- 1/2 cup
Coconut-3 tbsp
Cashewnuts- 2 tbsp

Other Ingredients: Paneer cubes(fresh) about 16 cubes


Roast onions with 1/2 tsp oil in a pan till onions turn transparent. Let it cool.

Boil a cup of water and drop the tomatoes in the water. When the skin starts to peel off, switch off, remove the tomatoes from the water. When tomatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the skin and puree them.

Toast the ingredients given under the list-spice powder. Let it cool and grind it to a coarse powder. Add fried onions to this powder along with the ginger garlic paste and blend the spices and onions together to a paste.

Heat oil in a pan and add the fried onion-spice paste and saute well till the raw smell of the paste disappears. Add the tomato puree, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder and stir fry well.

Add about a cup of water, the paneer cubes and let the gravy simmer for 10-15 minutes.

In the mean time, blend coconut and cashews to a fine powder. Add cream to this and blend them to a smooth paste.

Add this cream paste to the paneer gravy and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Switch off. Serve the Malai paneer with Naan, Phulkas or Parathas.

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21 Comments to “Malai Paneer (Paneer with cream and cashewnuts)”

  1. Madhu says:

    I like cashews in gravies, malai paneer looking good.

  2. Wow, never had Malai Paneer before. Thanks for this new kind of recipe. Looks yummy !!!

  3. Apu says:

    Yum!! Malai paneer is yummy!!

  4. Indrani says:

    wonderful rich, creamy gravy, Ruchika..looks divine..never made maial paneer..will try’t forget to send your entries for my event, Spotlight:summer food & drinks, it ends may 2nd..send me to

  5. swathi says:


    Creamy malai paneer. cashews makes thick gravy.

  6. Rich & delicious gravy, Very lovely ingredients used to make it yum, very nice recipe, cant wait to try this with paneer…it will be awesome…

  7. Cham says:

    Cashews definetly bring the richness to the gravy! Great side dish for party time!

  8. sayantani says:

    few days ago I commented at a friends place that I love to order for malai paneer in restaurants and love its creamy richness. love your dish too. looks so mouth watering.

  9. Oh! that looks stunningly tempting….. I prepared paneer yesterday…but nothing malai nor kadai… nor butter..simply some gravy…ate it all as it tasted edible….. 😉


  10. Sandhya says:

    Hi Ruchika…
    Bumped in here from ur facebook link… Amazing!!!Loved this recipe….

    Do sneak a peek in my space too whn time permits

  11. Joanne says:

    I’ve never heard of this dish before but anything with paneer and coconut and I am SO there. The gravy looks absolutely heart-warming.

  12. says:

    Wow such aroyal dish with cashewnuts,cream and beautifully rich and creamy.I am getting updates now from both your blogs since you added the follow box.:)

  13. saswati says:

    Ruchika the paneer looks rich and creamy…only some butter naans are missing:)

  14. Happy Cook says:

    GIv eme few roties and i would be a more happy woman, looks super yumm.

  15. Happy Cook says:

    Give me few roties and i would be a more happy woman, looks super yumm.

  16. Priya says:

    Slurppp!!such a tempting, rich and delicious malai paneer, looks absolutely delish Sis..

  17. Usha says:

    Malai paneer looks rich, creamy and delicious ! I love paneer in all its forms so I cannot wait to try this one….

  18. Raks says:

    Ppathaale naalu chappthi vachu oru pidi pidikkanum pola irukke!

  19. Pari says:

    Hi Sowjanya,
    The creamy malai paneer looks so good. Cashews surely make the curry rich and here’s cream too.Lovely. Perfect with butter naan.

  20. Sashi says:

    Love the creamy sauce and the paneer in it, I always love that combo !!

  21. Jay says:

    wow…thanx for sharing this delicious recipe…

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