Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy

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Basic makhani Gravy, the name says it all! The cream and butter used to prepare this gravy gives it the name “makhani”. It is a reddish tomato-based gravy commonly used in North Indian cuisines.

The sour taste of tomatoes is balanced by the use of fresh cream. Makhani gravies are an all-time favourite on the menus of almost all restaurants; the very famous Paneer Makhani , will tell you why! it can be combined with vegetables of your choice too.

Malai Koftas in Makhani Gravy , Makhani Paneer Tikka Roll and Mushroom Mutter Makhani are other popular recipes made using this gravy.

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Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy recipe - How to make Basic Makhani Gravy, Popular Restaurant Makhani Gravy

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 1.5 cups
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  1. Combine the tomatoes, cloves, cashewnuts and ½ cup of water in a mixer and blend to a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  2. Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds and sauté on a medium flame for few seconds.
  3. Add the ginger-garlic paste and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste, chilli powder, garam masala, dried fenugreek leaves, tomato ketchup, sugar and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Switch off the flame, add the fresh cream mix well.
  6. Use as required.


  1. Use this gravy on the same day to make recipes of your choice. If you wish to store it in the deep-freezer for a few weeks, avoid adding cream as they may get spoilt on storing.
  2. Cool the gravy completely, pour in food-grade zip lock bags or airtight containers and store in the freezer.
  3. While making the subzi using the stored gravy, thaw and use it as per the recipe. Towards the end, add the cream, mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.

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Basic Makhani Gravy ( Popular Restaurant Recipes )
 on 11 Jan 16 08:07 PM

Hey, i have tried it, but the question is why do u use tomato ketchup?? Am chef in Indian restaurant bit ido t use ketchup.. Thanks
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Chef Sadiq, we have used only 1 tsp of tomato ketchup, if you wish you can surely avoid it..
13 Jan 16 08:40 AM
Basic Makhani Gravy ( Popular Restaurant Recipes )
 on 19 Apr 14 09:26 AM

This has become an all time favourite dish at our household!! All the compliments I receive are all re-transmitted to Tarla jee from my heart!
Basic Makhani Gravy ( Popular Restaurant Recipes )
 on 02 Jul 13 11:43 AM

this recipe had all the qualities required for a typical indian dish. it had the correct amount of spice and also the sweetness to balance the flavor
Basic Makhani Gravy ( Popular Restaurant Recipes )
 on 01 Jul 13 02:09 PM

This Makhani gravy just taste like a gravy you get in restaurants...Yumm yumm yumm...
Basic Makhani Gravy ( Popular Restaurant Recipes )
 on 21 Apr 12 01:00 PM

tasty...yummy...easy gravy and one can use different way to use this gravy. I enjoyed it very much...