Check out our guide to paneer, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about what are curry leaves, ghee and kecap manis.

What is paneer?

Paneer is a mild Indian cheese. It keeps its shape when cooking and holds spices really well, so is great for veggie recipes. It’s widely sold in blocks, but is also really easy to make yourself. All you need is milk, lemon juice and a bit of time. Check out our step-by-step guide to the perfect homemade paneer here.

Where to buy paneer

Find fresh paneer in the cheese aisles of large supermarkets, or buy easily online. Here are three of our favourites:

Tesco Paneer Cheese, £1.50/200g, Tesco

Apetina Paneer Cheese, £1.99/225g, Amazon

BUDA fresh paneer, £1.60/250g, Ocado

Paneer recipes

Check out plenty more paneer recipe inspiration here.

How to make paneer

Making this Indian cheese at home couldn’t be simpler. All you need is milk, lemon juice and a bit of time.

Homemade Paneer on a wooden board

Saag paneer

This easy side dish, featuring golden cubes of paneer spiced with cumin and chilli, will go down a treat on curry night and only takes 30 minutes to prepare.

Two white bowls of golden cubes of paneer and wilted spinach on a blue background with a naan

Paneer tikka masala

Swap chicken for paneer to make a creamy, dreamy vegetarian masala. You’ll need some tikka curry powder for this one (find it at most supermarkets).

Paneer tikka masala

Chilli paneer fry

Golden crisp cubes of paneer are fried with ginger, garlic, chilli and soy for a speedy meal for four. Serve over fried rice or noodles.

A bowl of chilli paneer fry with a silver spoon on a wooden table

Light paneer curry

Cook this veg-heavy curry for a healthy vegetarian meal. The peas add extra protein while ginger and plum tomatoes make a light, fragrant sauce.

two plates of paneer curry with rice


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