Thursday, May 17, 2012

Veg Makhani (no onion, no garlic)

This famous and delicious cuisine from Punjab needs no introduction. However, this Veg Makhani is slightly different from the traditional one that you may have eaten.

I have converted this dish into a “Sattvic” food, meaning onion and garlic have not been used in preparing this item ; and the taste has not been compromised either.
The list of ingredients used may look daunting but these are available in most Indian kitchens. 

This goes well with jeera rice, chapattis, rotis or kulchas.

 Veg Makhani
Veg Makhani garnished with a green chilly and coriander leaves


Mixed vegetables
1 large
Tomato puree
½ cup
Melon seeds
2 tbsps
Cardamom (black & green)
1 each
Bay leaves
Cinnamon stick
1 inch
Star Anise
Kasuri methi
1-2 tbsps
Jeera/Cumin powder
½ tsp
½ tsp
Red chilly powder
½ -1 tsp as per taste
Garam masala powder
1 tsp
Fresh cream
2 tbsps
As per taste
4tsps oil/1tbsp butter
Coriander leaves
For garnishing


Melon seeds
  1. Wash, clean and cut all the vegetables into medium size pieces. Boil the vegetables (except tomato) in a pan containing small quantity of water and taking care that those that need longer time to cook should be added first so that all the vegetables are cooked to perfection and also retain their colour. Once cooked, add salt and keep it aside.
  2. Grind melon seeds with little water to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  3. Blanch tomatoes in hot water, remove the skin and chop them roughly and keep aside.
  4. Heat another pan on medium flame and add, oil or butter (or both). To this add the blanched tomato pieces. Saute it for a few minutes.
  5. Now add the cardamoms, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, turmeric powder and chilly powder. Give it a good stir.
  6. Next add tomato puree, jeera powder, garam masala powder and bring it to a boil.
  7. Lower the heat and add melon seed paste, fresh cream and finally the boiled vegetables and simmer for five minutes.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

 Veg Makhani 3
Mixed vegetables - washed, cleaned and cut

Veg Makhani 6
Veg Makhani - nearly done

Serves : 4


  • For mixed vegetables, I used fresh cauliflower, potato, carrot, capsicum and frozen green peas. You can use any vegetables of your choice.
  • I have used melon seed paste instead of cashew nut paste though both give the same texture but melon seeds are a healthier option to cashew nut. You can use either one.
  • Melon seeds (Kharbuza seeds) are easily available in supermarkets. I buy them from Nilgiris.
  • Generally butter is liberally used in this dish; hence the name "Makhani".  I have used a mixture of butter and oil. You can either use oil or butter or a mixture of both.


  1. Karbuza seeds.. good option. Will look for them. And a great looking dish with minimal work!

  2. Delicious gravy, nice, substituting cashews with melon, will try this out..

  3. Wow looks like a lovely idea...yum gravy

  4. Delicious n flavorful gravy...

  5. looks nice i will definitely try thank you

  6. lovely and yummy gravy.......