Paneer Masala

Duration: 25 mins

Serves: 4

One of the most popular and versatile dishes in any Indian household or restaurant is Paneer. Use it in a gravy, make it dry or toss it with any vegetables, you can never go wrong!

While I love ‘Paneer Butter Masala’ and ‘Palak Paneer’, there are days when I can’t be bothered with all the chopping and grinding. I want to be in and out of the kitchen, but still have the satisfaction of making something very tasty. Do you ever go through such phases? 

This finger-licking ‘Paneer Masala’ recipe gets done in a jiffy and goes very well with parathas or fried rice.


  • 400g paneer
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 dried red chillies
  • 3-4 black cardamoms
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1″ cinnamon
  • 6-8 black peppercorns
  • 1-2 whole mace
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
  • Coriander leaves – for garnishing
  • Salt


  • Cut paneer into small cubes.
  • Chop the onion into thin slices. Keep aside.
  • Coarsely grind black cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black peppercorns and mace.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the masala with dried red chillies for few seconds.
  • Add onion and salt. Fry until onions are browned.
  • Toss the paneer into the pan and mix well.
  • Cook for couple of minutes and garnish with coriander leaves, before taking it off the heat.
  • Enjoy it hot with parathas or fried rice.