How to make Kashmiri Paneer Masala -

cottage cheese cooked with mushrooms and babycorns in yogurt gravy

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : paneer (पनीर), Button Mushroom

Cuisine : Kashmiri

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Kashmiri Paneer Masala

Kashmiri Paneer Masala Recipe Card


Kashmiri food carries with it a delicious nip of all things hot and spicy.  It is a rich tapestry of Indian, Iranian, Afghani and Central Asian styles of cooking. 
Kashmiri cuisine has some vantage ingredients: that is dry ginger, fennel, red chillies, curds and mustard oil. Even though it is dominated by non-vegetarian fare, the vegetarian delicacies manage to carve a niche for themselves.  One of the typical ingredients in a lot of Kashmiri delicacies is the Kashmiri ver which is a doughnut-shaped cake of ground spices with a strong and pungent aroma. And yes how can one forget the scent of saffron, which forms an important part of this cuisine. 
Riffling through the books of history one discovers that it was the invasion by Timur in 15th century that left a legacy of Kashmiri cuisine. With time there was an influx of skilled workers as also cooks from Samarkand whose descendants came to be known as Wazas or the master chefs of Kashmir. Wazwan is a unique concept in the world of Kashmiri cooking. Other influences are that of the Muslim and Rajput styles of cooking. A fantastic blend of all these is witnessed in the ultimate formal Muslim banquet called the Wazwan.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Kashmiri Paneer Masala Recipe

  • paneer cubed 200 grams

  • Button Mushroom quartered fresh 6-8

  • Babycorns 1 inch pieces (optional) 3-4

  • Oil 2 tbsps + to deep fry

  • Whole dry red chilli 3-4

  • Cinnamon 1 inch piece

  • Green cardamoms 5

  • Yogurt 1 1/2 cups

  • kashmiri masala 1 teaspoon

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Dry ginger powder (soonth) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Ginger julienne 2 inch piece

  • Salt to taste

  • Sugar 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Dry coconut (khopra) flaked 2 tablespoons

  • Peanuts roasted 3 tablespoons

  • Fresh coriander leaves 2 tablespoons

  • Clove 5


Step 1

Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan. Add mushrooms and baby corns and sauté for three to four minutes. Drain and keep aside. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry paneer cubes. Dip them in water. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan.

Step 2

Add whole red chillies, cloves, cinnamon, green cardamoms, yogurt, Kashmiri masala, fennel seeds and dry ginger powder. Sauté for a minute. Add ginger julienne and cook. Add salt, sugar, red chilli powder and stir.

Step 3

Drain the paneer cubes from the water. Add mushrooms, paneer cubes and baby corns and cook for two to three minutes. Transfer into a serving dish. Garnish with coconut flakes, roasted peanuts and chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

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