Kashmiri Paneer Masala

February 18, 2010


Third time I cooked last week, the curry had a purpose. It was in aid of a much needed makeover. Before you suggest I’m in need of one, it’s for this blog.

Some of you know that I started this blog to prove that if I, with my full on life, general inability to be organised and propensity for destruction in the kitchen, could cook Indian food then so could anybody else.

Four years since, my campaign for curry is gathering pace. In the meantime, a brave new world of digital and social networking has blissfully passed me by.

The man of the moment is my one and only blog guru and free audio kids stories supremo. I told him the site looked dull and dated. He reminded me that I had picked the colours and meddled with his ideas.

So this time we both decided over Kashmiri Paneer Masala, Chicken Pulao and red wine that we should ask you, the esteemed reader, what you think. What makes your blood boil every time you arrive here? What makes your heart soar? Pray, tell, what can I do to make it better for you?

Feeds 4:

  • 225gm paneer
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 250gm thick plain yogurt (Greek is best)
  • 1 tsp paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder
  • Half tsp fennel powder
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Half inch ginger
  • 5 skinned almonds
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Finely chop the ginger. Puree the almonds with two tablespoons of the yoghurt and then mix into with the tomato puree and paprika.

Cut the paneer into large pieces, like in the picture. Frankly, you can cut it up any way you want. It doesn’t matter. But it does look more special like this.

In a large frying pan or medium kadai, bring the oil to heat on high. When it starts sizzling, add the bay leaf and cardamom. When they start spluttering, add the ginger.

As the ginger turn golden, lower the flame to and stir in the yoghurt mixture. Leave this to simmer for about 2-3 minutes, until the masala takes on a rich orange hue and oil starts oozing to its surface.

Just stir in the paneer at this stage for five minutes. When it softens, serve and eat straightaway. This was especially lovely the next day when the paneer had a chance to lie around in the masala.


31 Responses to “Kashmiri Paneer Masala”

  1. Justina Rose DSouza Says:

    February 21st, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Was introduced to your site very recently by my daughter.
    Just tried the Creamy Kashmiri Paneer recipe. A bit confused about the balance of the yogurt after 2 tbsps being mixed with the pureed almonds, chilly pwdr n tomato puree. When does it go into the pot?

  2. rossygirl Says:

    May 28th, 2013 at 4:43 am

    🙂 Love your post! and will try out this recipe tonight!

  3. Mallika Says:

    November 22nd, 2012 at 8:47 am

    So sorrt that the recipe is giving you trouble. Firstly, it’s v imp that you use full fat, thick yoghurt. This could be Greek Yoghurt or normal yoghurt hung in a muslin over a tap to give you “hung” curd. Anything watery will simply split. Also, it’s impirtant that the yoghurt is at room temperature. Cold dairy + hot masala will = grains!

    I think there is a typo in the recipe, which I have now amended. Please do try this again, it’s a yummy dish!


  4. Yashrg Says:

    November 22nd, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I tried this recipe and something seems to have gone wrong. The yoghurt turned from creamy to what appears to be granular and like someone else pointed out earlier, the oil seems to separate really quickly.

  5. Diwali Dhamaka Says:

    November 14th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    […] meal to keep the tone auspicious and served with copious quantities of alcohol: Chana Masala, Kashmiri Paneer, Dahi Wale Aloo, Vegetable Pulao and Coconut Laddoos. I’ll share the Dahi Wale Aloo recipe, a […]

  6. Nella Says:

    May 10th, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I just found your site and have been looking through the recipes. I adore Indian food and have only been eating it for about three years. I love the lentil dishes and am now getting brave enough to start cooking Indian food. Heck, if I can cook stir fry, Italian, French, and American, there is no reason I cannot cook Indian. I am so glad I found your site. I will let you know what I make and how it turned out. If you get an urge for Midwest American food, come on over to my site. Sincerely, Nella

  7. Nepali Food Says:

    March 3rd, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Recipe seems to be good i will have to cook once and write here again how was it , your book seems to be good .

  8. Renuka Says:

    September 14th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    You have a winner blog here, Mallika! For someone who has been cooking Indian food (the hard way) for a while now, this is a refreshing outlook – especially when I will be starting my new job soon. Thank you and good luck.

  9. Roshan Says:

    September 9th, 2010 at 7:07 am

    i have been searching for this recipe for quite some time……

    found it!!

  10. Sini Says:

    August 21st, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Also…..”Leave this to simmer for about 20 minutes”..
    Do we need to actually leave this for 20 minutes or is s it 2 minutes..

    I had tried this recipe and found that within 2 to 3 minutes,the oil was beginning to ooze to its surface.

  11. Sini Says:

    August 20th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    This is an interesting recipe,but just had one clarification.

    You have stated to use:250gm thick plain yogurt,but in in the preparation you have stated “puree the almonds with two tablespoons of the yoghurt and then mix into with the tomato puree and paprika.”

    Would u pls clarify that?
    How much of Yoghurt are we supposed to use?

  12. neha Says:

    August 6th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Hey its really nice dish and have to try this weekend surely.I have seen some of the kids and women competitions that are happening in chennai which was well updated by a parenting site.It shows weekly and many upcoming events in chennai.
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  13. Lana Says:

    July 31st, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Mallika, I have been reading your blog from the archives, and I love it. Your style of writing lifts me up and makes me smile. Every recipe of yours I tried worked (my kids are enamored by your roti).
    I don’t know what I would change if I were in your place. If I had not read your blog “backwards”, I might have suggested, like some of the others, the recipe index by name.
    All in all, I love your blog. Just keep on!

  14. walter Says:

    July 11th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    It’s great. Don’t change anything.

    Why try to fix something when it’s not broken?

  15. lodge dutch oven Says:

    May 26th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Love this stuff I’m going to subscribe to yourlist.
    Would love to find out more about this subject.

  16. Stacey Says:

    April 16th, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Don’t be too bogged down with appearances: sure, aesthetically there are some improvements to be made, but who cares? some of the most useful sites on the web are terribly ugly, and some of the prettiest are terrible to work with.

    The only real suggestions I have are in regards to usability and the like. A few have hit on a ‘recipe finder’– which I’m interpreting as a type of recipe database that users could use to easily look up specific recipes. I too have been easily distracted by all the other delicious offerings here that I often find myself completely missing what I came here for. (not that that’s a bad thing) 😉

    The only other thing I’d suggest is perhaps a bit of a glossary with ‘anglicized’ terms for things. I know whenever I introduce someone to Indian food (sadly, this is usually by restaurant menu), the first thing the are intimidated by is the names of things. “What the heck is a bhaji and will it give me heart burn?”, if I may quote my well-intentioned father from a few years back.

    Otherwise, the site is great. If you want aesthetics, I might suggest looking around at some CSS sites . Even if you’re not into programming, they can be inspiring in that regard.

    Cheers to you, and thanks for the recipes!

  17. shveta Says:

    March 4th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I find your site well presented with each recipe being categorised differently.
    The pics are nice and stuff is fairly easy to make especially if you are new to cookin

  18. Mallika Says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Thanks guys, I am particularly looking into the scratch and sniff option…

  19. MS Says:

    February 24th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Tried this with naan last night and it was amazing! SO glad you are back to blogging!

  20. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen Says:

    February 23rd, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    This looks so good Mallika! I love paneer!

  21. Fig and Cherry Says:

    February 23rd, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Hmm, I can’t think of anything to add, but it’s always fun to have a makeover! I adore your recipes, so please keep them coming 😉

  22. ritika Says:

    February 22nd, 2010 at 2:02 am

    alright, i am such a sucker for feedback, esp when i am the one giving.. so here it is,
    more posts [ain’t i greedy]
    an easier recipe finder
    some pics of you cooking, or a few newer pics now and then
    read latest needs to be update..
    a little more personal maybe.. say lil cooking tips, your favourite comfort food, some food related trivia now and then.
    having said that, I really love your blog, as is.

  23. Halle Says:

    February 21st, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I’m a recent fan of your blog and very much in love with it. Love the easy recipes and the professional look is great. Way to go!

  24. molly Says:

    February 19th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    first time here, so i can hardly advise. though i can wildly applaud, no? just made palak paneer yesterday, improvising madly for lake of proper paneer, and am eager already to try this dish, new to me. yum, double yum…

  25. Bong Mom Says:

    February 19th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I love the clean professional look of this blog. What is your problem ? Paneer looks great

  26. Emma Says:

    February 19th, 2010 at 6:41 am

    I love this site and its clean and clear layout. Always looks very professional to me, and I’ve made several of your recipes and loved them all – thanks!

  27. Maninas Says:

    February 19th, 2010 at 4:20 am

    I love the content of your blog! Like Kathryn, I agree that the recipe index could be improved by writing the name of the dish, rather than the post, which would make the browsing easier.

  28. notyet100 Says:

    February 18th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    i luv ur space and everytime i comehere there is something fresh and yummy,..

  29. Asha Says:

    February 18th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Could be more colorful blog as you know I love vibrant colors. Other than that, your blog is a fun to read and “drool all over the loptop” blog! 😀

    Easy and tasty Paprika Paneer, Chicken Pulao and red wine, perfect! You are good to go!! 🙂

  30. Kathryn Says:

    February 18th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Well you *know* I’m a big, big, big fan of your site and the core of it is your absolutely cracking recipes (like this one). So don’t change a thing about that.

    And can you keep the Glossary, I use it all the time?

    Only suggestion I’d make is it’s sometimes hard to re-find a recipe. When I know you’ve made something that I’ve fancied and I’ve forgotten to bookmark it, I sometimes struggle to find it again. When I go through the recipe list it’s indexed by the name of the post and not the name of the recipe.

    Otherwise, just keep on posting m’dear.

  31. JZ Says:

    February 18th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Other than you coming to my house and cooking it for me (which you are welcome to do anytime!), I think this site is excellent. I am always excited when you have a new post and can’t wait to try to make your newest two recipes. A scratch and sniff/taste option would be nice. 😉

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