Paneer Methi Masala

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Paneer Methi Masala is a delicious North Indian style curry made using paneer, and fresh fenugreek leaves (methi). Make it at home using my easy recipe (vegetarian, gluten-free).

Paneer methi masala served in a bowl.
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About Paneer Methi Masala

Want a unique paneer gravy that tastes like the one you get at Indian restaurants? If yes, then you have found the perfect one – Paneer Methi Masala.

This rich and creamy paneer curry comes together in under 30 minutes using a few simple ingredients.

Paneer Masala With Methi can be made for everyday Indian-style meals or festivals, get-togethers, and special occasions.

The recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free and can be easily doubled or tripled.

If you want more paneer gravies to include in your special or festive meals, here are a few more lined up for you

Ingredients

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Paneer

You can use homemade paneer or buy a packet from any Indian grocery store near you. These days Costco and Trader Joe’s also carry paneer in their refrigerator section.

If the store-bought paneer is not soft, soak it in warm water for 10 minutes before using it in the recipe.

You can also use tofu cubes instead of paneer.

For The Marination

To marinate the paneer, you will require – thick yogurt (or Greek yogurt), coriander powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala powder, cumin powder, black pepper powder, Kasuri methi, crispy fried onions, and mustard oil.

I like to use Kashmiri red chili powder for better color and a less spicy taste. You can substitute it with any red chili powder or even paprika powder.

If mustard oil is unavailable, use any cooking oil.

For The Curry

Oil – I cook this curry in vegetable oil but you can use any cooking oil. If you want to make it richer, then replace oil with ghee or butter.

Spice Powders – You will need a few basic Indian spice powders like coriander powder, salt, Kashmiri red chili powder, and turmeric powder.

Fenugreek Leaves (Methi) – This ingredient gives a distinct flavor to the curry.

Heavy Cream – Unsweetened heavy cream makes this curry rich and creamy. It also balances the slight bitterness of the methi leaves.

You can skip adding it if you make paneer methi for everyday meals.

Others – You will also need cumin seeds, onions, ginger garlic paste, and pureed tomato.

How To Make Paneer Methi Masala

Marinate The Paneer

Rinse a 7 oz (200 g) paneer slab with water and cut it into bite-sized pieces.

Note – Soak the cubes in hot water for 10 minutes if the paneer is chewy.

Mix

  • ¼ cup of thick yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon crushed Kasuri methi
  • ¼ cup crispy fried onions
  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil

in a medium mixing bowl.

Marination ingredients added to a bowl.
Mixed well.

Add the paneer pieces to the bowl and mix well to coat them with the marinade. Set the bowl aside.

Paneer added to the bowl.
Paneer coated with the marinade.

Make The Curry

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

Oil heating in a pan.

Once the oil is hot, add ½ cup of thinly sliced onions and cook them until they are slightly browned (6-8 minutes), stirring frequently.

Onions added to the pan.

Add 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste and cook for 3-4 minutes until the onions are nicely browned.

Ginger garlic paste added to the pan.

Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.

Cumin seeds added to the pan.

Now add ½ cup of pureed tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir frequently while cooking.

Pureed tomatoes added to the pan.

Add

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

and cook until oil starts to separate from the sides of the pan.

Spice powders added to the pan.

Add some water if required.

Little water added to the pan.

Reduce the heat to low.

Now add 1 cup of chopped methi leaves (packed) and mix well.

Methi added to the pan.
Mixed well.

Cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes.

Pan covered with a lid.

Now add the marinated paneer along with the marinade and 1 cup of water and mix well.

paneer along with the marinade and some water added to the pan.

Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Pan covered with a lid.

Add 2 tablespoon of unsweetened heavy cream and cook for another minute.

Heavy cream added to the pan.

Check for salt and add more if needed. Serve hot.

Ready paneer methi masala.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my methi tasting bitter?

Sometimes the methi is very bitter. There is a tip using which you can reduce its bitterness.
Mix the chopped methi with a teaspoon of salt and keep it aside for 10 minutes. Now squeeze the liquid from the methi and use it in your recipes; it will be less bitter.

Serving Suggestions

Paneer Aur Methi Masala can be served with any Indian bread. You can select from phulka, plain tawa paratha, lachha paratha, naan, garlic naan, tandoori roti, missi roti, and many more.

It tastes great with steamed rice, jeera rice, or lightly spiced pulao.

The leftover curry can be used to make delicious kathi rolls or sandwiches.

Storage Suggestions

Paneer Methi Masala will last about 2 to 3 days in the fridge.

Store the curry in a properly cleaned and dry air-tight container.

Reheat it in a pan or microwave, and adjust the consistency with a bit of water if you feel it has become thick after refrigerating.

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Paneer Methi Masala is a delicious North Indian style curry made using paneer, and fresh fenugreek leaves (methi). Make it at home using my easy recipe (vegetarian, gluten-free).
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Paneer Methi Masala Recipe

Paneer Methi Masala is a delicious North Indian style curry made using paneer, and fresh fenugreek leaves (methi). Make it at home using my easy recipe.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

To Marinate The Paneer

  • 7 ounces paneer (200 g)
  • ¼ cup thick plain yogurt (dahi, curd)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon crushed Kasuri methi
  • ¼ cup crispy fried onion
  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil (or any other cooking oil)

For The Gravy

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ cup thinly sliced onions
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • ½ cup pureed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 cup chopped methi leaves (fenugreek leaves) (packed)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened heavy cream
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Instructions 

Marinate The Paneer

  • Rinse the paneer slab with water and cut it into bite-sized pieces.
  • Note – If the paneer is chewy, then soak the cubes in hot water for 10 minutes.
  • Mix all the marination ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add the paneer pieces to the bowl and mix well to coat them with the marinade. Set the bowl aside.

Make The Curry

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add onions and cook them until they are slightly browned (6-8 minutes), stirring frequently.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and cook for 3-4 minutes until the onions are nicely browned.
  • Add cumin seeds and let them crackle for 4-5 seconds.
  • Now add pureed tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir frequently while cooking.
  • Add salt, coriander powder, chili powder, and turmeric powder, and cook until oil starts to separate from the sides of the pan.
  • Add some water if required.
  • Reduce the heat to low.
  • Now add methi leaves and mix well.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Now add the marinated paneer along with the marinade and 1 cup of water and mix well.
  • Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add heavy cream and cook for another minute.
  • Check for salt and add more if needed. Serve hot.

Video

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Notes

The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled
You can skip adding cream if you are making paneer methi for your everyday meals.

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 621mg, Potassium: 150mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 580IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 281mg, Iron: 1mg
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