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paneer kalimirch recipe
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Paneer Kalimirch Recipe

paneer kalimirch recipe is a delicious restaurabt style Indian paneer curry where soft paneer cubes are simmered in tangy onion-yogurt sauce flavored with black peppercorns (kalimirch)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, north indian, punjabi
Servings: 3
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Harini


For Making Onion Paste

  • 2 green chilies slit
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and slightly minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup cubed onions From 2 large onions
  • 10 cashews

Other Ingredients For Making Paneer kalimirch

  • 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamom
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh curd (yogurt) well whisked
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder freshly powdered or milled from 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 200 grams paneer, cubed Indian cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh cream optional


  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil or ghee in a pan. Add slit green chilies, peeled garlic and ginger. Saute well.
  • Add cubed onions and saute well till they turn slight brown. Cool down a bit.
  • Transfer to a mixer jar, add cashews and grind to a fine paste.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a pan. Add bay leaf, cloves and cardamom. Saute well.
  • Now add the prepared onion paste and saute well till the oil separates.
  • Add 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil.
  • Now add salt to taste, chili powder and coriander powder. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Lower the flame and add the whisked curd very slowly. Stir as you add the curd. Mix well and simmer for 7-8 minutes. If you are a beginner, you can switch off the flame and add the curd. Mix very well and then continue to cook.
  • Once the gravy boils and fat releases slightly, add freshly ground pepper powder. I used a pepper mill for this.
  • Now if you want you can add 2 tablespoons fresh cream. I did not add as the gravy is very rich with curd, cashews.
  • Add the paneer cubes and gently mix. Simmer for 2 minutes. Serve paneer kalimirch hot with naan or roti. This curry also goes very well jeera rice.


  1. Instead of whole spices you can add 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder along with coriander powder.
  2. The curd should not be sour.


Calories: 320kcal