Spicy Paneer in 10 super quick Steps

Spicy Paneer in 10 Steps- Please yourself with the easiest vegetarian dish ever!


For us vegetarians, we are most often not left with choices other than Paneer/ cottage cheese for special occasions. But what if I tell you that this exact dairy product can turn a savior (IN JUST 10 STEPS!) for us if we become just a little creative with our cooking skills!!

The recipe that I have put down here is a basic paneer sabzi/cottage cheese veggie for those that either don’t know how to cook or are still learning this beautiful art and also for those that want some variety in their everyday meals!

Note that you can add any and everything that suits your mood to this preparation and give it a very fancy name and THERE! You are already the best cook in the eyes of everyone! So here you go with the recipe:

Servings: 4

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 20-25 minutes



  1. Onion- 1 medium sized (finely chopped)
  2. Tomato- 2 medium sized (chopped)
  3. Paneer/cottage cheese- ½ kg (sliced/chopped)
  4. Oil- 1tbsp
  5. Cumin Seeds/whole/sabut jeera- ½ tbsp
  6. Red Chili Powder- ½ tbsp
  7. Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
  8. Turmeric Powder- ¼ tbsp
  9. Salt- as per your taste
  10. Milk- ¼ cup (You can alternatively add 2 tbsp of cream instead of milk)
  11. Coriander leaves- hand full (chopped) for garnish



Step 1: Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp oil.

Step 2: Once the oil heats up, add cumin seeds and let them crackle.

Step 3: Once the Cumin seeds crackle, add the finely chopped onion into the pan and stir well until they turn golden brown.

Step 4: Now add finely chopped tomatoes and salt as per your taste and let it cook well.

Step 5: Now Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder to the pan.

Step 6: Mix all the spices well and cook for 1 minute.

Step 7: Add the chopped paneer/cottage cheese to the pan and mix well.

Step 8: Add 1/4 cup of milk or 2 tbsp cream (whatever is your choice) and stir well.

Step 9: Let it cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until the paneer/cottage cheese loses all water and mixes well with the spices.

Step 10: Garnish the dish with a hand full of coriander leaves before serving.


Some useful tips to keep in mind:

  • Adding salt just after tomatoes helps tomatoes cook faster which ends up saving a lot of time.
  • This dish can be served with chapatis/flatbread for lunch/dinner.
  • It can be made into a spicy paneer sandwich for breakfast too.
  • And my best one, you can dry it out completely and stuff it into flatbreads! This would become an instant favourite with everyone, trust me!




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