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…
1. How to make Homemade Paneer in 15 minutes
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.
2. Paneer Kathi Roll (Paneer Frankie)
We are starting the list with 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.
3. 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.
4. Paneer Tikka in the Oven
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Tandoori Paneer 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.
8. Paneer 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.
9. Best Garlicky 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.
10. Paneer 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. Shahi 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.
15. 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.
16. 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!
17. Paneer 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.
18. Dhaba Style 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.
19. Dhaba Style 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.
20. Methi Malai Matar with Paneer
Methi Malai Matar with Paneer is made with fresh fenugreek leaves, green peas, and soft chunks of paneer to create this unforgettable vegetarian dish.
21. 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!
22. Paneer 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.
23. Paneer Lababdar Dhaba Style
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.
24. Peshawari 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.
25. Creamy Matar Paneer Curry
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.
26. Instant Pot Vegetable & Paneer 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.
27. Paneer 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.
28. Paneer 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.
29. Paneer 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…
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.
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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