Malai Makhana

Malai Makhana is a simple and delicious curry made with roasted makhana in a Kaju-Tomato gravy. It is a good change from regular lentils and vegetables in everyday cooking and it is also fancy enough for special occasion cooking. This easy snacks recipe is best to have with Roti.


  • food blogger delhiRoasted makhana- 1 cup
  • Makhana- 1/2 cup
  • Oil – 2 tbsp 
  • Tomato- 2 big
  • Onion- 1 big
  • Kaju – 8-9 pieces
  • Garlic- 1 inch
  • Haldi- 1 tsp
  • Salt- as per taste
  • Garam masala- 1 tbsp (Prefer homemade)
  • Kashmiri red chilli powder- 1 tsp
  • Green chillies- 2
  • Fresh cream/malai- 2 tbsp
  • Kasoori methi- 1tbsp


  • Take a pan on medium flame, then add oil. When it gets hot then put chopped onions and garlic and after they change colour then add garam masala, salt and haldi. 
  • Then add tomatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes and now add Kaju and 2 glasses of water. Cook until the masala gets soft.
  • Remove the pan from the flame and let the masala cool. 
  • In a grinder, put the masala into the jar and grind it to make a smooth paste.
  • Again put the pan on medium flame. 
  • Add 1 tsp oil, now add Kashmiri red chilli powder and masala paste. 
  • Now add water as much consistency of the gravy as you want, then cook for 5 minutes on low flame and add malai/fresh cream and kasoori methi.
  • Mix the gravy and add both makhanas. 
  • Again cook for 2 minutes with the lid off and then switch off the flame and give rest 10 minutes, so that the makhanas get soft.
  • Serve hot with roti.