special paneer recipe

Special paneer recipe - Indian cottage cheese in tomato gravy

A paneer recipe with soft paneer cubes in a lovely smooth gravy made with onions, ginger, garlic, ripe red tomatoes, spices and milk!




  1. Puree the onion, ginger, garlic and tomato to a fine paste in a blender or food processor.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Follow with the paste prepared in step 1.
  3. Sauté for 5 minutes and add the powdered spices and salt. Cover and cook on low heat till all the water has evaporated and the oil has left the sides of the pan. Let the gravy cool down.
  4. Add the cottage cheese cubes, milk and fenugreek leaves and cook for 8-10 minutes. Garnish with the paneer shavings if you want to. Serve hot with rotis or rice.



  1. Fenugreek leaves or qasuri methi is easily available in Indian grocery stores. Crush them in your hand and put them in the gravy. Don’t add too much since they have a slightly bitter edge to them.
  2. Choose the reddest tomato you can find for a deep, rich coloured gravy.
  3. Warm the milk slightly if it is straight from the fridge. If you want a slightly thinner gravy, add half a cup of water to the milk and then tip the diluted milk in the pan.