Jain Paneer Makhani Recipe

Jain Paneer Makhani

Jain Paneer Makhani is a delicious, rich and creamy Indian curry prepared without using any onion and garlic. And you will be surprised to know that this Jain Paneer Makhani can be prepared in 30 minutes. It has a smooth and luscious gravy that is perfect to relish with chapati or naan. The bright color of the gravy comes from the red bell pepper and the tomato puree. The magic ingredient in the no onion and garlic Paneer Makhani is the red bell pepper. Who could have thought that a bell pepper based sauce would taste so good in an Indian curry?
Jain Paneer Makhani
Jain Paneer Makhani
In India, no onion, and garlic diet regime are one of the most common food preferences. A large number of the Indian population observes this kind of Sattvic diet regime. But at times it is difficult to prepare the rich and creamy Indian curries without using any onion or garlic. For such situations, recipes like Jain Paneer Makhani, Pakodi Ki Sabzi or Punjabi Chana Masala, are worth bookmarking. Jain Style Paneer Makhani is so good in taste, easy to prepare and far from boring. 

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Jain Paneer Makhani


Curries like Paneer Makhani or Butter Chicken have a reputation for being difficult to make. But we always try our best to make these classic recipes simple and easy to understand for our readers. So that they can prepare them on a routine basis at home without fussing much about the long ingredients list. No artificial color or tastemaker is added in the making of these dishes. It is all natural, homemade curry sauce that does the magic and the end result is a real outburst of flavors. After all, cooking should be fun and not some tedious, time-taking responsibility.

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Jain Paneer Makhani Recipe

Serves 4 | Prep Time: 10 Mins | Cook Time: 20 Mins


  • 250-gram paneer (cottage cheese) cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 2 medium-size tomato, blanched and pureed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ghee 
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cream
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)


  • Heat one tablespoon of ghee in a heavy bottomed saute pan. 
  • Add the bell pepper and green chili. Sauté them until they turn translucent. Once done, allow them to cool down. Blend it in a mixer using a little water to form a smooth paste.
  • Blend it in a mixer using a little water to form a smooth paste.
  • Next, heat another tablespoon of ghee in the same pan. Add the tomato puree and sauté for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Athe bell pepper paste, sugar, salt, garam masala, peas and red chili powder. Cook till the oil starts separating from the paste. 
  • Sauté the contents of the pan for another 5 minutes, finally stirring in the milk and fresh cream along with 1/4 cup of water. Boil everything together on high heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Bring the gravy to a boil once, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes over low heat. 
  • Now add the paneer cubes to the pan, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the crushed kasuri methi leaves and mix. 
  • Serve the Jain Style Paneer Makhani with chapati or naan.  



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    The Blah Queen
    October 9, 2013

    wow never tried making it without onion and garlic…and all your posts have lovely pictures !!!

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    October 9, 2013

    This looks delicious… and without onion or garlic..wow.. have to give it a try :)

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      FunFoodand Frolic
      October 12, 2013

      Hahha….I hope your wifey also likes my content because shez the one who has to test the recipes…

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    Soham Roy
    October 11, 2013

    I have literally forced my Wife to bookmark your site today :D … Hence I am truely Thankful to you for these awesome delights..Having said that I doubt if my Wife would be equally Thankful ;)

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    October 12, 2013

    I love butter chicken and paneer makhani, but I have never tried to cook it from scratch at home yet. I did buy a packaged mix masala to make them, but they didn’t come out right. I think I should try your version.

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    January 25, 2014

    wow…………….it looks as well as tastes yummy…………….I have tried this one.my hubby loved it……………

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    August 28, 2014

    I am always on the lookout for jain recipes for days on which we do not eat onion and garlic. will try this one out

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