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Punjabi Dhaba Style Paneer Masala Curry Recipe

Paneer Masala Curry Recipe | Super Recipe for Paneer Masala Curry

Sumit Malhotra
Punjabi Dhaba Style Paneer Masala Curry Recipe is for a North Indian paneer curry with aromatic flavours of spices and paneer or cottage cheese cubes. It is a unique preparation common to roadside restaurants or dhabas in India. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 175 kcal


  • 400 gram Paneer / Cottage Cheese
  • 4 piece Pyaz / Onion Medium sized
  • 4 piece Tamatar / Tomato Medium sized
  • 200 gram Dahi / Yoghurt Beaten
  • 2 teaspoon Dhaniya / Coriander powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon Jeera / Cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoon Besan / Gram flour
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 3 piece Dry Red Chilli
  • 7 piece Black Peppercorns
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 1 piece Bay leaf
  • 5 piece Green cardamom
  • 1 piece Black cardamom
  • 5 piece Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 0.5 tablespoon Kasuri methi
  • 0.5 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 4 tablespoon Ghee / Clarified Butter
  • 0.5 teaspoon Namak / Salt
  • 1.5 cup Pani / Water


  • Get your ingredients ready.
  • Chop the onions, puree the tomatoes and cut paneer into 1" cubes.
  • Heat ghee in a frying pan or a Kadai on medium to high flame.
  • Add whole spice including bay leaf, green & black cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black peppercorns & dried red chillies to the pan.
  • Saute for a few seconds till spices are fragrant.
  • Add finely chopped onion and fry them till light brown.
  • Then, add turmeric powder and ginger garlic paste and fry them for 2-3 min.
  • Add beaten yoghurt (dahi) and lower the flame. Stir it continuously and fry them till oil separates from it.
  • Add the tomato puree with salt and mix it.
  • Cook very well till oil gets separated from the masala. (Around 5 minutes)
  • Add ground spices like coriander powder, red chilli powder, Kashmiri chilli powder, besan, cumin powder and garam masala. Mix it well and cook for 1-2 min.
  • Add water to the masala, mix it and cover with a lid.
  • When it comes to boil add cubes of paneer and cook it further till the gravy thickens. (Around 5-7 min)
  • Add hand crushed kasuri methi to the gravy and mix it well.
  • Serve hot.
Keyword Cottage Paneer Curry, Cottage Paneer Masala, Dhaba Style Paneer Masala, Paneer ki Sabzi, Paneer Masala, Paneer Masala Curry