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Methi Paneer Recipe

Bored of usual paneer recipes? Here is something different, something tasty, and still made from paneer. This is Methi Paneer. The taste of this paneer curry will leave you asking for more. The smooth gravy and paneer pieces dipped in this thick sauce (gravy) has one of the amazing taste.

There are millions of paneer recipes suiting tastebuds of everyone, and considering the love for paneer by Indians (and across the globe now), you come up with a paneer recipe, you will find someone or other will love that paneer. There are recipes which are more traditional and some which are pretty modern and then some which are twist or fusion to traditional.

30 Mins Paneer Recipe - Methi Paneer | Your Food Fantasy
30 Mins Paneer Recipe – Methi Paneer | Your Food Fantasy

At my home, none of us are super huge fan of paneer, sounds unreal…isn’t? But that’s reality, I love my veggies. Finding fresh vegetables during covid-19 had been a challenge.

However, I have ample supply of fresh milk. This meant I can make paneer from fresh milk.

As we as family do not have paneer as no.1 dish for us, I wanted to make something different and checked my kitchen cupboard and found some dry fenugreek leaves. That’s it! I decided I am making “Methi Paneer”.

Methi Paneer Recipe - Gluten free | Your Food Fantasy
Methi Paneer Recipe – Gluten free | Your Food Fantasy

More about Methi paneer

Methi = Fenugreek and Paneer = Indian cottage cheese, the combination of these two yields such amazing flavours that my hubby who prefers paneer less, was drooling over it.

What is Methi / Fenugreek

Methi itself has got good health benefits (and hence try to keep it in my kitchen). Some of the benefits of methi are that it helps in better digestion, used in kidney ailments. Breast feeding mothers use fenugreek for better milk flow, some men use it for hernia

Methi is less popular in UK however in India its pretty common, especially in winters and the fragrance of methi is mouthwatering. As I scribble this recipe, I am salivating thinking of Methi Parathas and Methi Thepla

Fenugreek or methi is so versatile that I will normally add a teaspoon of it in many of my dishes. The added methi simply enhances the taste multifolds.

Methi Paneer Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Methi Paneer Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

This methi paneer curry is fairly easy to make and does not require expertise in cooking. In other words you do not need to be master chef participant to make this methi paneer.

The recipe takes about 30 mins and assumption is that you have paneer to hand. If you are one like me who makes her own paneer, then you do need to plan ahead.

Gravy / sauce for methi paneer

The gravy of this paneer is thick and rich. Some people will prefer to add cashew paste to make it thick, however I have not used cashews in this curry. My reason to not use cashew is that it would make curry even more heavier and add to more calories too.

Gravy here is made from onion and tomato puree, have used set yogurt too, which gives great texture, enhances taste as well as if methi is bitter, yogurt milds away the bitter taste.

Methi Paneer Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
Methi Paneer Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com

If you are going to be using readymade paneer (which you may have kept in refrigerator), I will recommend that you keep that paneer in warm water for 15-20 mins so that the paneer is softened and with soft paneer pieces this methi paneer will taste manyfold better. This methi paneer is very much gluten free as well and suitable for gluten intolerants.

Below is step by step, detailed recipe of methi paneer.

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Methi Paneer

Gluten free delicious Paneer recipe, by fusing methi (fenugreek) with paneer to leave a mouth watering flavour.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 Portions
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 250 Grams Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese
  • 2 Onions Medium size
  • 3 Tomatoes Medium size
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 Cup Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt As per taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Bayleaves
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon stick
  • 3 Tablespoon Fenugreek Leaves / Kasuri Methi
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter

Instructions
 

  • First of all grind the tomatoes and onions separately and beat the yogurt to make it smooth and keep them aside.
  • In a pan heat oil over medium heat. Add butter and once it’s melted, add cumin seeds, bay leaves and cinnamon stick and sauté for a minute.
    Easy Paneer recipe - Methi Paneer | Your Food Fantasy
  • Add ground onion paste to it and sauté till it turns pink.
    Frying onions for Methi Paneer - Paneer Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Add ginger garlic paste and sauté again till the raw smell fades away. Add all the spices (Garam Masala, Kashmiri Red Chilli, Turmeric Powder, Coriander Powder, Cumin Powder) except salt now and sauté again for a minute.
    Adding spices for Methi Paneer | Your Food Fantasy
  • Add puréed tomatoes and sauté till all the moisture is evaporated.
    Adding Tomato Puree for Methi Paneer | Your Food Fantasy
  • Now add yogurt and 1/3 cup of water and continuously stir it till it starts boiling.
  • Add 2 tablespoon of Kasuri methi and salt now and mix. Cover the pan with lid and let it cook for 7-8 minutes.
    Gravy for Methi Paneer | Your Food Fantasy
  • Open the lid and sauté again for 2-3 minutes till you start seeing oil on the edges. Now add paneer cubes and rest 1 tablespoon of Kasuri methi to it and mix well. Sauté for 2-3 minutes and switch off the heat.
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  • Transfer it to a serving bowl and enjoy it with parantha, naan or bread of your choice.

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Notes

  • You can add/reduce the amount of Kasuri methi in this recipe, I used 3 tablespoon as that was the right quantity for my family’s taste. Remember too much of fenugreek would taste bitter.
  • Roast the mixture properly before adding paneer as roasting gives perfect taste as well the colour of gravy also looks lush.
  • At the point of adding yogurt, remember to constantly stir, else yogurt will curdle, and can spoil whole dish.
  • If its store bought paneer, keep the paneer in warm water for about 20 mins, so that paneer can soften.
  • You can add more yogurt if your methi is bitter.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Methi Paneer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 767mg33%
Potassium 360mg10%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 12g24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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One thought on “Methi Paneer Recipe

  1. […] Moreover the best part about kasuri methi is even a pinch of it adds tons of flavours. For example, for this particular recipe, when using fresh leaves you would need about two cups of it. However, when using the dried herb, just about three tablespoons will do the magic. Additionally, since kasuri methi is a pantry ingredient, it is always available at hand and stays good for long. My recipe here is inspired by my Instagram friend Meenu. You could check her version of the methi paneer here. […]

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