Methi paneer

Main Dish
4 servings
30 min
15 min
A delicious Indian curry with fenugreek leaves (methi) and cottage cheese (paneer) in a subtly spiced, rich onion-cashew-tomato gravy.


Number of serving: 4
1 cup paneer cubes (fresh or frozen)

11/2 cup fresh fenugreek leaves (methi), washed thoroughly, stems removed and finely chopped

2 large onions, 1 for ground paste and 1 finely chopped

3-4 dry red chillies

1/2 tsp nigella seeds/kalonji

1/2 tsp cumin seeds/jeera

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1/2 cup tomato puree

1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional)

1/2 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp kitchen king masala

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)

Salt to taste

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp ghee/oil

Fresh cream for garnish

Vegetable oil for deep frying


  • Heat some vegetable oil and when hot, drop the paneer cubes and fry until golden brown. Drain the paneer cubes in a bowl of warm water (this makes the residual oil come out of the paneer and makes them soft). Keep aside.
  • In a skillet, fry 1 roughly chopped onion until golden brown and then add in and sauté the dry red chillies for a few seconds.
  • Blend the onions and red chillies with 10-12 cashews & 1/2 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji) with a little water to a smooth uniform paste.
  • In the same skillet from before, heat a little more ghee/oil and add in the cumin seeds (jeera). Once it begins to splutter add the ginger-garlic paste and 1 finely chopped onion. Fry until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add in the chopped fenugreek leaves and fry until they are cooked (takes 2-3 minutes). Now add in the onion-cashew paste, red chilli powder (if desired), coriander powder, kitchen king masala, turmeric and simmer on low flame for a few minutes.
  • Drain the water from the fried paneer cubes. Add the tomato puree, fried paneer cubes, salt & sugar to the curry. Add quarter to a half cup of water. Mix well and bring to a boil. Check the seasoning.
  • Once the curry thickens to the desired consistency, switch off the heat, add in the kasoori methi, mix well and garnish the curry with fresh cream.
    Serve hot with naan/rotis/parathas or steamed basmathi rice.


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