Tandoori Paneer Bowl - there’s nothing like the comfort of tender paneer in a classic makhani sauce. This super quick version served on a bed of some rice is sure to be a hit even with your kids!

Tandoori Paneer Rice Bowl

By Gaurav Bhandari

Jul, 1st


3 persons
Cook Time
30 minutes
17 - 19


  • 5 medium tomatoes , diced
  • 1 medium onions , diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 1 inch ginger , chopped
  • 1 tsp green chilies , chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small bay leaves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup milk , or 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 1/2 cup paneer , diced
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp roasted gram flour
  • 1 tsp mustard oil
  • 11/2 cup basmati rice
  • 3 cup water
  • 2 tsp ghee or oil


  • Mix together the paneer with all of the marinade ingredients, cover it and leave it for 1 hour in the fridge.
  • Meanwhile, in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, boil together all the gravy ingredients for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Make sure to keep the pan covered.
  • Remove from the heat when the nuts and tomatoes are tender and remove the black cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves, and bay leaf.
  • Let the mixture cool and then blend it until creamy. If you feel the purée is too dry, add in a little water to smooth things out.
  • Heat up the oil and butter in a saucepan and add in the purée. Let the puree come to a boil.
  • Now add in the rest of the tadka ingredients including the milk or cream. Cook covered for 10 minutes on a medium flame.
  • While the gravy is simmering, roast the marinated paneer in pan with some ghee or oil for about 5 minutes until the coating is done. Don’t over sauté the paneer because otherwise it will become hard.
  • When the gravy is done, add in the paneer.
  • Serve warm with your choice of rice and a simple salad! Enjoy!


I used milk instead of cream to keep it healthier and it still turned out super creamy! Use a little bit of water to thin the gravy to your desired consistency if you find it has become dry or if you’re reheating.