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.


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. Make your own then use in our recipes below.

Homemade Paneer on a wooden board

Easy paneer recipes

Saag paneer

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.

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

Potato and paneer kebabs

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.

A plate of paneer skewers with cucumber and carrot salad next to a board of more skewers

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 in this veggie meal for four. Serve with fried rice or noodles.

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

Vegetable and paneer dum biryani

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.

Vegetable and paneer dum biryani

Dahl coconut recipe with crispy paneer

A surprisingly low-calorie dinner, with cubes of golden paneer on top of gently spiced dahl. Best eaten with lots of chapatis.

Two bowls with yellow lentils in topped with cubes of crispy fried cheese

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

Shahi paneer

Check out our simple and rich shahi paneer. This vibrant Indian dish is an easy veggie curry recipe that's gluten free.

Shahi Paneer Recipe

Paneer tikka with pea and mint relish

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.

Paneer Tikka Recipe with Pea and Mint Relish

Spiced grilled paneer with roti and salad

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.

Spiced Paneer Recipe with Roti and Cabbage Salad

Saag paneer (palok)

Paneer makes the best vegetarian Indian meal, served here with spinach and plenty of Indian spices. Serve with rice and naan on the side.

Palak Paneer Recipe

Kale and paneer stuffed naan

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.

Paneer masala

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?

Paneer Masala Recipe

BBQ paneer with beetroot, coconut and crispy shallots

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.

BBQ Paneer Recipe with Crispy Shallots, Beetroot and Coconut

Mutter paneer

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.

Mutter Paneer Recipe

Spiced paneer with chilli green lentils

This spiced paneer with chilli green lentils recipe is vegetarian, easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes – perfect for midweek meal.

Spiced Paneer Recipe with Chilli Green Lentils

Spiced paneer skewers with mango, chilli and mint salsa

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.

Coconut Paneer with Naan Bread Recipe

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