Malai Paneer Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)

Malai Paneer, as the name suggests, it’s a paneer curry prepared in a fresh milk cream based rich and spicy gravy where almond and cashew nut paste brings in rich texture while dried fenugreek leaves bring a subtle but definite flavor. Whether you are hosting a party at home or just looking for easy recipes with paneer to have a delicious quick Indian dinner, it’s a perfect choice to satisfy your craving for something spicy yet creamy.

Malai Paneer Gravy Recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 3 servings
150 gms (5 oz) Paneer (cottage cheese)
1/4 cup Malai (fresh cream)
1/2 teaspoon Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
4 Almonds
4 Cashew Nuts
1/2 teaspoon grated Ginger
2-3 cloves Garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
1/8 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
2 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon Oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped Coriander Leaves


  1. step-1
    Grind cashew nuts and almonds in the small jar of a mixer grinder until smooth powder. Transfer it to a small bowl and mix with 2 tablespoons water to make a dry-fruit paste.
  2. step-2
    Cut paneer into 1.5-inch long and 0.5-inch thick strips or into 0.5-inch thick triangles. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in non-stick pan over medium flame. Shallow fry paneer triangles or strips until its edges turn light brown. Drain and transfer to a plate.
  3. step-3
    Heat remaining 1-tablespoon oil in the same pan over medium flame. Add finely chopped onion and sauté until it turns light brown. It will take approx. 1-2 minutes. Add grated ginger and crushed garlic, sauté for a minute.
  4. step-4
    Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and salt; stir and sauté for approx 30 seconds.
  5. step-5
    Add dry-fruit paste (prepared in step 1) and sauté for a minute.
  6. step-6
    Add 1/2 cup water and bring mixture to a boil.
  7. step-7
    When mixture starts boiling, reduce flame to low and add paneer, garam masala powder and dried fenugreek leaves.
  8. step-8
    Mix and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add 1/4 cup fresh cream over it.
  9. step-9
    Mix cream with curry and cook for a minute or little less. Do not cook for long time after adding cream because it curdles if cooked more.
  10. l_step
    Turn off the flame and transfer prepared malai paneer to a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.

Tips and Variations:

  • If you like more gravy, then add more water in step-6 and cook until you get desired consistency. However, make sure that paneer cubes are added only towards the end of cooking.
  • Add boiled green peas along with paneer in step-7 to make yummy malai peas paneer.
  • Do not cook for more than a minute or on high flame after adding fresh cream, otherwise cream may curdle.
  • Add 1-cup fresh green methi leaves in step-5 to make delicious and healthy methi malai paneer.
Taste: Mild spicy and creamy.
Serving Ideas: Savor this delicately spicy curry with any Indian bread like butter naan or onion paratha or butter kulcha.

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Aug 12, 2017 by Jacob b
I'm a white American (although I can handle alot of spice), so take that as you will, but this was extremely spicy. I may have just made it wrong, added too much chilli powder, but yeah. Other than that it was very good.

Response: Thank you Jacob for trying the recipe. You can reduce the spice level by reducing the amount of red chilli powder as per your taste.

Jun 07, 2017 by Sakshi
Very nicely described. Thanks.

May 13, 2017 by Manjula
I tried 3 recipes - matar paneer, paneer makhni and malai paneer. They out fantastic. Thank you

Apr 10, 2017 by Deepika Ajayraj
It's very yummy and tasty...Thank you for the recipe.

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May 09, 2016 by Khushboo Rudra
I tried it and it turned out really Awesome....
Thanks a lot

Sep 25, 2015 by Neha
I have tried this recipe and it came perfect like restaurant style.
Thanks a lot for recipe.

Aug 26, 2014 by Deepagopi
Great....yummy..... I tried this.... my kids praised a lot.... my kids asked me to prepare it weekly once... thanks a lot.

Aug 15, 2014 by Ranita Mukherjee
Fantastic recipe. ..tried and got compliment.

Apr 24, 2014 by moo
Really easy n tasty. Thanks fr d recipe.

Dec 09, 2013 by kirti
very yummy dish....
My siblings like it a lot...:)

Apr 21, 2013 by devina
very tasty dish. I eat today.