Methi Paneer

Methi paneer is a healthy Indian dish that is essentially paneer cooked in an onion-tomato-ginger-garlic gravy along with lots of fenugreek leaves, butter and Indian spices. It is usually served with rotis, steamed rice or jeera rice. Continue reading if you want to know how to make this delicious methi paneer.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 3


200g Paneer, cut into cubes of desirable size
1 small bunch fresh methi leaves/ fenugreek leaves
1/4 teaspoon powdered turmeric
3/4 teaspoon powdered red chilli
1/2 teaspoon powdered cumin
1 teaspoon powdered coriander
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon butter
Salt to taste
3 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon Kasuri methi(optional)

For blending:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch ginger root
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
2 green chillies



  1. Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan on low-medium heat.
  2. Fry cumin for 30 seconds, then fry ginger, garlic, and green chili for another 30 seconds.
  3. Saute chopped onion until transparent and tomatoes until soft and mushy.
  4. Finally, add poppy seeds and fry everything for another 30 seconds. Turn off heat.
  5. Let the mixture cool down and transfer it into a blender and blend it into a smooth paste by adding water if necessary.

Methi Paneer:

  1. Heat 3 tbs vegetable oil in another pan.
  2. Fry methi leaves in oil for a minute until they become soft.
  3. Then add the blended masala paste in, mix and let it cook on low heat until oil separates from the masala. (This may take up to 10 minutes)
  4. Add all powdered spices – turmeric, red chili, coriander, cumin, garam masala, and salt. Fry these for 30 seconds on low heat.
  5. Add water to adjust the consistency of the curry.
  6. Then add paneer cubes, cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5-7 minutes on low-medium heat. Keep checking on the curry to ensure that it does not burn.
  7. Finally, add butter and garnish with Kasuri methi (optional).
  8. Enjoy delicious methi paneer with hot rotis, steamed rice or jeera rice.
Methi Paneer with Roti

Let me know if you tried this recipe by tagging pictures of your recreation on my Instagram @swaadista and using #SwaadistaRecipes

Did you try this recipe? Let me know how you liked it! 🙂

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Happy cooking and happy eating ❤