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    The 30 BEST Paneer Recipes

    Paneer, aka Indian cottage cheese. That soft, creamy cheese is everyone’s favorite. What if you find all the most delicious recipes made with paneer in one place? Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

    From that Indo-Chinese dishes like paneer chili, which has become so much a part of our lives, to an anytime snack like samosas.

    From finger licking paneer kormas to paneer koftas, this list of 30 paneer recipes has most of your favorites. Go through it and decide which one you are going to try first this week…

    BEST Paneer Recipes

    1. Paneer Jalfrezi

    BEST Paneer Recipes - jalfrezi.

    Paneer Jalfrezi is a quick and easy stir fry featuring cottage cheese, veggies like bell peppers, and great Indian spices. It’s a simple vegetarian dinner for busy weeknights.

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    2. Best Palak Paneer (Saag Paneer)

    Though Paneer is not the star here, this dish is incomplete without its presence. Palak Paneer simply meaning spinach with cottage cheese. It’s extremely sought after in restaurants all over the world and is one of the common veggies cooked in Northern India.

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    3. How to make Homemade Paneer in 15 minutes

    BEST Paneer Recipes - homemade paneer.

    No time to go to the Indian grocery store? Making your own chunk of Paneer is so much easier that you might think. 15 minutes easy. Once this soft creamy wonder is all set, you are ready to create all these wonderful flavors with it.

    Get the Recipe @ myfoodstory

    4. Paneer Kathi Roll (Paneer Frankie)

    BEST Paneer Recipes - paneer frankie.

    Here is one of the most popular Indian street food recipes, Kathi roll, made with paneer. It’s kind of like a burrito, except the tortilla is replaced by a crispy paratha and the inside filling is delicious paneer and vegetables.

    Get the Recipe @ spicecravings

    5. Chilli Paneer

    BEST Paneer Recipes - chilli paneer.

    There are Indo-Chinese dishes out there which are kind of a fusion of two cuisines, or modified according to the local taste and preference. This Paneer Chilli is a perfect example of that. Cubes of fried crispy paneer are tossed in a spicy sauce made with soy sauce, vinegar, chili sauce! All you need is a plateful of white rice or noodles.

    Get the Recipe @ cookwithmanali

    6. Paneer Butter Masala

    BEST Paneer Recipes - paneer butter masala.

    This one is all Paneer lovers’ No. 1 dish. Paneer butter masala, or Paneer Makhani. Different names for the same dish. Soft and succulent paneer pieces simmered in a deliciously rich and smooth gravy. One look and you can see it looks like straight from any great Indian restaurant.

    Get the Recipe @ ruchiskitchen

    7. Paneer Tikka in the Oven

    BEST Paneer Recipes - paneer tikka.

    This restaurant favorite is very easy to recreate in your kitchen. These colorful skewers of paneer in a yogurt marinade with bell pepper and tomatoes are very easy to cook in your oven.

    Get the Recipe @ myfoodstory

    8. Matar Paneer

    BEST Paneer Recipes - matar paneer.

    Matar Paneer is an extremely popular vegetarian North Indian curry dish made of paneer and matar (green peas) in a creamy, spicy onion-tomato based gravy. It can be served with rice as well as naan or paratha or roti.

    Get the Recipe @ shwetainthekitchen

    9. Paneer Pakora

    BEST Paneer Recipes - paneer pakora.

    Pakoras are India’s favorite tea time snack, or should I dare say “anytime” snack. These pakoras are made with paneer coated with a batter made of chickpea flour or gram flour and some spices.

    Get the Recipe @ cookclickndevour

    10. Aloo Paneer Tikki

    BEST Paneer Recipes - aloo paneer tikki.

    Tikki is like a cutlet. This delicious snack is made with paneer stuffing inside a potato based covering. You can serve them like snacks with tamarind and/or green chutney or sandwich them between bread or buns.

    Get the Recipe @ hebbarskitchen

    11. Tandoori Paneer Samosa

    BEST Paneer Recipes - samosa.

    Another hugely popular street food everywhere in India. Samosas are everybody’s sweetheart. This one is filled with delicious filling made with your favorite paneer.

    Get the Recipe @ pinchoflfavours

    12. Paneer Bhurji

    BEST Paneer Recipes - bhurji.

    Paneer bhurji is nothing but scrambled paneer. Paneer is scrambled along with bell peppers in tomato onion sauce. All you need is some paratha or naan bread and you are all set.

    Get the Recipe @ cubesnjuliennes

    13. Kadai Paneer

    BEST Paneer Recipes - kadai paneer.

    Kadai paneer is something you will see more in Northern India. This one is a spicy gravy with special kadai masala made with spices.

    Get the Recipe @ whiskaffair

    14. Shahi Paneer

    BEST Paneer Recipes - shashi paneer.

    Shahi means “royal”. Here soft paneer cubes are dunked in creamy and aromatic sauce, making it a rich and delicious treat for your loved ones.

    Get the Recipe @ carveyourcraving

    15. Tawa Paneer

    BEST Paneer Recipes - tawa paneer.

    This one is a semi dry dish of paneer that can act like an appetizer or main. A tawa is kind of like a flat griddle and you find them making some semi dried dishes like this one on many Indian streets.

    Get the Recipe @ hebbarskitchen

    16. Paneer Tikka Masala

    BEST Paneer Recipes - paneer tikka masala.

    Another crowd favorite. Golden brown pan fried pieces of paneer in a rich tomato sauce. The paneer tikka masala is so good that you’ll want to lick the bowl!

    Get the Recipe @ healthynibblesandbits

    17. Paneer Korma

    BEST Paneer Recipes - korma.

    All kinds of kormas are our favorites. this paneer version is no exception. Paneer Korma is a Mughlai style paneer dish where paneer cubes are cooked in a rich onion based gravy. This Indian curry is rich and creamy and goes well with Indian bread and rice.

    Get the Recipe @ whiskaffair

    18. Dhaba Style Achari Paneer

    BEST Paneer Recipes - achari paneer.

    Dhaba Style Achari Paneer is an extremely flavorful, quick and delicious recipe using paneer, yogurt and achari masala (Indian pickle mix). It’s an extremely popular North Indian recipe that can be eaten with roti/naan/bread/rice, etc.    

    Get the Recipe @ easycookingwithmolly.

    19. Dhaba Style Paneer Masala

    BEST Paneer Recipes - paneer masala.

    Dhaba Style Paneer Masala is an aromatic and flavorful curry made with roasted spices and Indian cottage cheese. ‘Dhaba‘ is a roadside restaurant you will find on highways. These kind of delicious foods can be enjoyed while breaking in between in your journey.

    Get the Recipe @ ahappytreat

    20. Methi Malai Matar with Paneer

    BEST Paneer Recipes - methi malai.

    Methi Malai Matar with Paneer is made with fresh fenugreek leaves, green peas, and soft chunks of paneer to create this unforgettable vegetarian dish.

    Get the Recipe @ simmertoslimmer

    21. Malai Kofta

    BEST Paneer Recipes - malai kofta.

    Malai Kofta is made with paneer and potato balls served in an aromatic, silken smooth and rich sauce. A recipe that is worthy of a feast!

    Get the Recipe @ carameltintedlife

    22. Paneer Ghee Roast

    BEST Paneer Recipes - ghee roast.

    Paneer Ghee Roast is a fiery red and spicy curry that is a vegetarian version of Mangalorean chicken ghee roast. This dryish curry is best served with neer dosa, dosa, or lachha paratha.

    Get the Recipe @ whiskaffair

    23. Paneer Lababdar Dhaba Style

    BEST Paneer Recipes - lababdar dhaba.

    Paneer Lababdar Dhaba Style is a popular North Indian paneer preparation. It’s a lusciously rich and creamy dish with succulent paneer cooked in an aromatic and flavorful onion-tomato gravy. So indulgent when served with naan or parathas.

    Get the Recipe @ thegastronomicbong

    24. Peshawari Paneer Chole

    BEST Paneer Recipes - paneer chole.

    Peshawari Paneer Chole is a delicious recipe made with chickpeas and paneer that blend very well together, while still retaining the authentic Peshawari flavors. Peshawar recipes are full of flavor and are known for the mindful use of spices. A protein packed vegetarian gravy for the entire family.

    Get the Recipe @ cookilicious

    25. Creamy Matar Paneer Curry

    BEST Paneer Recipes - creamy matar paneer.

    Nothing beats a creamy, comforting and luscious curry, right? Make your beloved matar paneer in creamy form. This one is a must when those paneer cravings hit hard.

    Get the Recipe @ myfoodstory

    26. Instant Pot Vegetable & Paneer Biryani

    BEST Paneer Recipes - biryani.

    Vegetable and Paneer Biryani is a complete meal with grains, vegetables, and protein. It has many layers of flavors with aromatic long-grain basmati rice and a combination of vegetables cooked to tender perfection. 

    Get the Recipe @ ministryofcurry

    27. Paneer Pulao

    BEST Paneer Recipes - pulao.

    Paneer Pulao is a healthy and delicious rice dish that can be made in under 30 minutes and makes for a great lunch option.

    Get the Recipe @ whiskaffair

    28. Paneer Paratha

    BEST Paneer Recipes - paratha.

    Paneer Paratha is a popular whole wheat Indian flatbread. Comfort food for so many people. It’s filled with crumbled paneer and makes for a filling breakfast or lunch.

    Get the Recipe @ cookwithmanali

    29. Paneer Kulcha

    BEST Paneer Recipes - kulcha.

    These ultra-flaky Amritsari-style Paneer Kulcha is famous in North India for their crispy layers of dough and delicious variety of fillings. This one is filled with soft paneer, onions, ginger, chillis and a blend of toasted spices. Yumm…

    Get the recipe @ sanjanafeasts

    30. Rasmalai

    BEST Paneer Recipes - rasmalai.

    I am wrapping up this list on sweet note. This rasmalai is a popular Indian dessert made from soft melt in mouth flattened paneer balls soaked in a thickened sweetened milk flavored with cardamom, saffron, and garnished with nuts. This one is a dream come true for all those who have a sweet tooth.

    Get the Recipe @ shwetainthekitchen

    Well, there you go… Bookmark or pin these amazing paneer recipes and get currying. Make those paneer nights happen in your very own kitchen…

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