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Methi Malai Paneer

Methi Malai Paneer Or Paneer/Cottage Cheese Cooked In Creamy Fenugreek Flavored Gravy

Methi Malai Paneer Or Paneer/Cottage Cheese Cooked In Creamy Fenugreek Flavored Gravy

Paneer is known as cottage cheese. This can be made at home or can be used store bought. Homemade paneer or cottage cheese are softer than store bought. Paneer can be used in curries, stir fries, kebabs or pulao dishes. There are lots of different kinds of curries using paneer like Matar Paneer, Butter Paneer, Paneer tikka masala etc. Today I'm going to share a very delicious recipe of paneer in which I've used coconut milk to make the creamy gravy. This is a mughlai dish in which Paneer is cooked in a rich thick creamy gravy, and serves with Indian Breads Or Rice items. This is not a spicy curry at all, not too oily. Here is the recipe of 'Paneer Methi Malai'.


  • Paneer Or Cottage Cheese - 250gm (Store bought/homemade, I used store bought)
  • Vegetable Oil - 2 + 1 tablespoons
  • Onion, chopped - 1 medium size
  • Garlic, chopped - 5 to 6 cloves
  • Tomato, chopped - 1 medium size
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • Turmeric - 1/3 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder - to taste
  • Butter - 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cloves - 2
  • Green Cardamom Pods - 1
  • Cinnamon stick - 1
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Coconut Milk - 1 cup (if using coconut milk powder, then make it thick coconut milk)
  • Kasuri Methi - 2 tablespoons

About Recipe

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30 Minute(s)

Cooking Time »

45 Minute(s)

Methi Malai Paneer

Steps to Prepare

Take a pan and heat 2 cups of water, add 1 teaspoon salt in the water, and make the water boil. Turn off the heat, add the paneer block and keep aside for 30 minutes. In this way the paneer will be soft.

After 30 mintue, take the paneer and pat dry with paper towel. Then put the paneer block on a cutting board, and make desire pieces.

Now heat oil into the pan, and lightly fry the paneer pieces and keep aside. In the same oil add garlic, onion and fry till they becomes light golden brown.

Now add the turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt, sugar and sprinkle some water to prevent the spices to burn.When the spices starts seperating  oil, add the tomatoes.

Cover the pan, lower the heat and let the tomatoes to be cooked and pulpy. When the tomatoes becomes pulpy, turn off the heat and let the masala to cool down completely.

When the masala will be completely cool down, pour the masala in a small spice grinder, add 2-3 tablespoons of water with it and grind the masala to make smooth.

Heat butter and 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan, addbay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, cumin seeds, fry till nice fragrance comes from the whole masala.

Add the masala paste to the pan and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Now add the coconut milk into the pan and bring the grvy to boil.

Let it boil for 5 minutes, add kasuri methi and fried paneer pieces and cover the pan, boil for 1 minute and turn of the heat. Check the salt & sugar.

Serve creamy 'Methi Malai Paneer' with Chapati/Roti/Paratha/Puri Or any Rice items. Enjoy.....


Methi Malai Paneer

Serving Tips

Serve Methi Malai Paneer with Indian Breads Or Rice items & cucumber onion salad.


You may use Cream instead of Coconut Milk, but use 1/2 the quantity of coconut milk, as cream is thicker than coconut milk.