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Keto Paneer Makhanwala

It’s butter chicken without the chicken

Indian restaurant menus are normally divided into ‘veg’ and ‘non veg’ sections. While chicken makhanwala or butter chicken sits proudly as the star of the show, there is the close cousin, often neglected but equally delicious, paneer makhanwala. It’s probably the staple dish that vegetarians order at ‘Mughlai’ or ‘North Indian Restaurants’ as it’s a dish from the North of India. Since I randomly decided to do a meat free week of Keto (mainly to figure out if I am having too much protein) I decided now would be a good time to make this recipe.

So here is my Keto Paneer Makhanwala. Enjoy! And if you do eat meat, I’ve got a white butter chicken, a regular butter chicken, a bacon butter chicken and a cheat’s butter chicken recipe for you.

Vegetarian Keto

I get many questions about vegetarian Keto and YES you can do Keto even if you are vegetarian and frankly speaking you can do it as a vegan as well. I’ve done vegetarian Keto and I made a vlog about it as well. I covered what I eat in a day as well as grocery shopping. I did the same and made a vegan Keto vlog.

 

Keto Paneer Makhanwala

 

Nutrition Info (Per serving)

  • Calories: 293
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Fiber: 0g

This recipe makes 4 servings. Get this recipe on myfitnesspal.

Keto Paneer Makhanwala
Keto Paneer Makhanwala
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A fresh Indian cheese (paneer) cooked in a rich tomato gravy
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Keto Paneer Makhanwala
Keto Paneer Makhanwala
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Rating: 4.71
You:
Rate this recipe!
A fresh Indian cheese (paneer) cooked in a rich tomato gravy
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. The first thing you want to do is melt the butter in the saucepan and add in the onions and cumin seeds and cook till the onions turn translucent and soften.
  2. Then add in the spices, tumeric, chilli powder, garam masala and coriander powder along with the ginger garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Then add in the tomato puree and water and mix well and allow to cook for 10 minutes
  4. While the sauce is simmering cut the paneer into bite size pieces and pan fry till golden brown on all sides.
  5. Once the sauce has reduced and the tartness of the puree cooked out then season it with salt and add in the Kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves.
  6. Add in the cream and mix well. Finally add the paneer and garnish with coriander.
  7. Enjoy!

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Amit Naik
    October 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Another one ticked off! This turned out to be GREAT

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    Balavivek
    October 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Hey,

    I made a recipe keto shawarma, it 8s awesome. You should also try and create a video for that.

    Chicken vertically striped (small length), Add egg, salt, black pepper, cyan pepper, paprika, corriander powder, red chilly ,lemon pepper, ginger garlic paste. Each one spoon for 250gms of chicken. Add turmeric if needed. Add 2 spoons of greek yogurt. Marinate for 30 mins.

    Heat big chunk of butter in a tava, 1 spoon of olive oil. Put all marinated chicken pieces. Stir continuously for 5 to 7 mins.

    Have cabbage, lettuce, tomato onion( less in quantity) cucumber thin strips. Use mayoneese and mix. Put it on a plate , put cooked meat on top of this. Add mustard sauce and eat.

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      Sahil Makhija
      October 15, 2018 at 4:12 am

      Nice one man!

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    CurryMan
    October 13, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Hey Sahil this looks awesome I’m going to be cooking this tomorrow!
    I’m a massive fan of sweet & sour curries like chaat, pathia, etc… do you have any recipes for something with a bit of a sour kick PLEASE?!

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      Sahil Makhija
      October 15, 2018 at 4:11 am

      I’ll work on a nice sour curry πŸ™‚

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    Rosemary
    December 16, 2018 at 1:37 am

    Hi! Can you recommend a good place to buy/order Garam Masala Powder, please? I can’t wait to make this.

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      Sahil Makhija
      December 16, 2018 at 8:42 am

      You can easily find it on amazon. In fact here is a link for one I recommend. https://amzn.to/2UOXhLu

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    Tim
    December 16, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I made a double batch of this for dinner the other day. WOW! What a GREAT dish! Love the dried fenugreek leaves and browning the paneer really made this nutty and delicious. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    Rishika
    January 6, 2019 at 2:20 am

    So good!!!

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    Kanwal
    January 9, 2019 at 6:41 am

    What is the serving size as even after increasing the ingredients I ended up with 2 servings only.

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      Sahil Makhija
      January 10, 2019 at 2:39 am

      Just weigh the final dish and then make as many servings from it as you want πŸ™‚

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      bryan mosher
      January 27, 2019 at 1:32 am

      Hi, I ran into the same problem tonight actually. I made this recipe for 4 people and followed the recipe for 8 servings. After making the first batch I realized it wasn’t going to be enough for the amount of Paneer 4 people would have so I had to make another 8 servings recipe.

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    bhavna
    February 10, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Hi,
    Paneer is not available where I live . I thought of making paneer from milk by adding vinegar/lime. but I was wondering that the milk has carbs – so how will it become Keto friendly ??

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      Sahil Makhija
      February 11, 2019 at 6:46 am

      Hi Bhavna, I have a recipe for homemade paneer here: https://headbangerskitchen.com/recipe/keto-paneer/
      So butter, cream, cheese etc are all made from milk right? So milk has carbs so how do these products become Keto friendly? We add cultures and things to milk to separate it and give us the fattier part of milk and we discard most of the carbs through the whey that is left behind. So when you make paneer there are curds that form, those are the milk fats and the liquid that’s left is the whey. Which is why paneer, butter, cheese , cream etc are all Keto friendly.

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    Raj Addela
    March 14, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Unable to add this recipe in myfitnesspal .. πŸ™

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    Mandy
    March 16, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Made this for dinner this week……one word…..AWESOME!! It was so flavorsome, will certainly be making again……delish!!! Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

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    Jane
    April 5, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Third time to make this – it is off the wall delicious – Might even serve it to my Indian friends! Only thing is the portion size is too small for my husband and me. Only just enough for both of us – yum yum

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