Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Paneer Matar Makhaana (Cottage Cheese with puffed lotus seeds)

Hi Friends,
Makhaana is a part of LOTUS PLANT. Once the seed is roasted then it is consumed either as snack or as dessert. In Northern region it is cooked with cheese. It is offered to God or Goddess during festivals both as PRASAD or as garlands.

I tried this MAKHAANA recipe for the first time. It was a huge hit at my place. 
Sharing the recipe with you all....


  • 200 gm paneer (cottage cheese)
  • 1 cup peas (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 cup Makhaanas (Puffed Lotus Seeds)
  • 2 onions (paste)
  • 3 tomatoes (pureed)
  • 3/4 cup grated Khoya (dried whole milk)
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 green chilies
  • 10-12 cashew nuts
  • 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tbsp kitchen king powder
  • Salt taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing (finely chopped)
  • Oil 


  • Take a non stick pan, shallow fry makhaana and cashew-nuts till they turn light brown, both in separate batches.
  • Remove from pan.
  • Boil peas (if using fresh) no need to boil frozen one.
  • Heat 4 tbsp of oil, add onion and ginger-garlic paste. Mix well.
  • Saute till the paste becomes light brown in colour.
  • Add tomato paste and mix nicely. Bhuno till oil separates.
  • Add all the dry masalas except salt. Mix nicely.
  • Add khoya, saute for few mins.
  • Add paneer, peas, cashews and makhaanas.
  • Add enough water to get thick gravy.
  • Cook on low flame till makhaanas turn soft.
  • Remove from fire.
  • Serve hot with chapatis, garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Sending this recipe to 

Jagruti's Event and Nivedhanam's Blog


Vimitha Durai said...

Would make a yummy side for chapathis. never tried lotus seeds. will try soon

beautydiva said...

great recipe and looks so yummmm...

Rekha said...

creamy and yummy dish..

Unknown said...

yummy and delicious:)love the clicks dear:)

Niesha said...

Its yummy looking.. Thank you for sharing .:)

Unknown said...

never tried with lotus seeds.. wish i get those here.. said...

healthy and yummy,pics r killing me

Unknown said...

perfect side for rotis or pulao!!! am looking to use lotus seeds in my recipes and this helps... thanks for linking it to my event!!!
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Julie said...

love makkhana..yumm with mattar peas combination,inviting with chapathis & naan!!
Love to see your recipe linked up in Flavors Of Cuisines-"Mexican"

Anonymous said...

thanks for visiting my blog...yummy and delicious dish...happy to follow you dear...

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said...

Thanks all :-)

meenab said...

looking at this makhanas i remembered my mom wud fry them and then sprinkle salt and little red pepper and we wud hv them just as we now have cheese balls

they r yum to taste
and u combined them with matar and paneer

i bet the taste wud hv doubled

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said...

Thanks Meens ......Your comment is missing in so many post :-)
Where were you ??

Pari Vasisht said...

Shruti, there are two events happening in my blog. The links to which r there in the Rt column. cooking fr my valentine has a linky tool. the other one is hosted at PJs blog.

My World My Home said... wonderful...well presented da..:-)

Home Cooked food said...

love to use makhana in savory dish more then sweet. perfect gravy for naan.

Unknown said...

Very interesting with the addition of Makana's!

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said...

Thanks all :-)

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Shruti, PJ is not using a linky tool. Read the details and rules in her event announcement pls.

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely recipe and mouth watering.
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in my blog.

Unknown said...

Paneer matar makhaana curry looks spicy, creamy and tempting.

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Sangeetha Priya said...

Thks for stopping by dear, Yummy dish, glad to follow u back :-)

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Shruti, Have not recd your mail till have few hrs to send me the details else will have to pick a new winner. So pls rush rush rush..:)

Unknown said...

creamy and yummy curry :) just now saw tat i was not in your following list :) happy to follow you dear :)

Shruti Dhingra Wahi said...

Thanks all :-)
@ Thanks Manjula for joining my space :-)

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Shruti, did not receive it. Ensure that you r typing the correct email

Usha said...

Looks delicious !!

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