18 paneer recipes
This mild cheese is mostly used in Indian cooking as it holds spices really well. Learn how to make your own paneer then add to our recipes, from shahi and masala to indulgent kale and paneer stuffed naan
Looking for a vegetarian curry? Try our recipes for saag paneer, matar paneer, paneer tikka and more. Paneer also holds its shape really well when cooked so it makes a great vegetarian skewer alternative for veggie BBQs.
Making this Indian cheese at home couldn’t be simpler. All you need is milk, lemon juice and a bit of time. Make your own then use in our recipes below.
Easy paneer recipes
This simple Indian side dish, featuring crisp, golden cubes of paneer spiced with cumin and chilli, will go down a treat on curry night. Plus, it only takes 30 minutes to prepare.
Paneer is a mild-tasting cheese that's great for absorbing flavours – marinate in lemon juice and gunpowder spice before grilling on skewers to make for a simple starter or light lunch.
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).
Golden crisp cubes of paneer are fried with ginger, garlic, chilli and soy in this veggie meal for four. Serve with fried rice or noodles.
This veggie biryani from The Curry Guy, Dan Toombs, is great served on special occasions – lift the lid at the table and enjoy the fantastic aroma as the steam fills the room.
A surprisingly low-calorie dinner, with cubes of golden paneer on top of gently spiced dahl. Best eaten with lots of chapatis.
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.
Check out our simple and rich shahi paneer. This vibrant Indian dish is an easy veggie curry recipe that's gluten free.
Paneer is perfect for grilling as it gets super crisp on the outside but retains its soft centre. Serve on skewers with green peppers alongside a refreshing relish for an easy vegetarian BBQ treat.
An easy and spicy grilled Indian cheese and blistered roast tomatoes dish that would make a great weekday supper or a lovely main for a vegetarian guest at a Christmas gathering. The cabbage salad can also be served as a side with any Indian dishes.
Paneer makes the best vegetarian Indian meal, served here with spinach and plenty of Indian spices. Serve with rice and naan on the side.
This indulgent naan is stuffed with kale, melted paneer and spices to make a crowdpleasing sharing dish as part of an Indian-inspired spread. Serve with mango chutney or alongside your favourite curry.
This recipe for paneer masala is a great vegetarian alternative to the classic chicken tikka masala, that meat eaters will love too! Packed with flavour, this dish is easy to make, gluten free and under 500 calories – what's not to love?
This recipe for BBQ paneer with beetroot, coconut and crispy shallots comes from gourmet kebab restaurant Le Bab. It's easy and vegetarian but packed full of flavour.
Mutter paneer is a traditional north Indian curry. The texture of fresh peas stands up well against the paneer, but frozen is fine too. This can be ready in just 30 minutes, and you won't feel like you're missing out, even though it's veggie. Serve it as a side curry with some naan or rice.
This spiced paneer with chilli green lentils recipe is vegetarian, easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes – perfect for midweek meal.
Serve these spiced paneer skewers with mango, chilli and mint salsa with naans and a spoonful of natural yogurt for an easy, vegetarian meal that delivers big flavours.