Paneer sabzi step-by-step recipe with video and photos.
About this recipe
Simple and delicious paneer sabji is made using Indian cottage cheese, veggies, and a few basic spices. It is super delicious and so easy to make - perfect when you run out of time or are not in the mood to cook.
Paneer ki sukhi sabzi is unique and simple and not something you will find in Indian restaurants. This home-style paneer with vegetables can be customized to your liking by changing the veggies used.
This easy paneer curry can be paired with roti, naan bread, or jeera rice. It can also be used as a filling for wraps. It is perfect not just for weeknight dinners, but also for special occasions as it is ready in no time.
Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) is a versatile ingredient and can be used in so many ways in Indian cuisine. It is used not only in savory dishes but also in popular Indian sweets. It is also used to make fusion Italian recipes and Chinese recipes.
This delicious paneer recipe is the perfect example to showcase that we don't need any fancy ingredients to make the most delicious paneer curry. Read on for ingredients, instructions, and useful tips to make this North Indian-style quick paneer sabzi recipe.
Paneer: Use store-bought or fresh homemade paneer.
Aromatics: We are using chopped onions and ginger garlic paste which forms the base of this sabzi.
Spices: I am using cumin seeds, ground coriander, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and garam masala.
Veggies: I am using bell peppers (red and green) along with onion petals. Cut the onion into big cubes and separate the petals to use along with the peppers.
Other ingredients: Tomato puree (or passata) and cilantro.
Heat one tablespoon of oil in a frying pan or kadhai on medium heat and shallow fry the soft paneer cubes until they are golden. Take them out and place them in warm water (step 1).
Heat one tablespoon of oil in the same pan and add cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add the chopped onion (step 2).
Saute for 3-4 minutes. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for one more minute (steps 3 and 4).
Add tomatoes, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes (steps 5 and 6).
Add the onion petals and bell peppers (capsicum). Mix well and saute on high for 2 minutes (steps 7 and 8).
Add one cup of water and bring it to a boil. Simmer for 3-4 minutes (step 9).
Drain the water from the fried paneer pieces and add them to the pan. Toss everything well and simmer for 2 minutes (steps 10 and 11). Top with cilantro and garam masala powder (step 12).
Easy, delicious, and simple paneer ki sabji can be served with any Indian bread of your choice.
Useful tips and variations
It is important to keep the paneer soaked in hot water after frying. This will help keep them soft.
I have used a mix of red and green bell pepper. You can also add yellow bell pepper to this dish. You can use other vegetables along with bell peppers. Mushrooms, green peas, baby corn, potatoes, etc. can be used to make this simple paneer sabzi recipe.
Use crumbled paneer instead of fried cubes in this recipe to make paneer bhurji.
Replace paneer with extra firm tofu to make this curry vegan.
Here are some optional ingredients you can use to make this easy recipe and make it restaurant style.
- Use green chilies or red chilies to get a spicy sauce.
- Add one tablespoon of tomato paste along with tomato puree.
- Lightly crush one teaspoon of coriander seeds and add them along with cumin seeds.
- Add extra water to make a thin curry sauce.
- Add kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) and lemon juice along with fresh coriander leaves.
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Bell peppers, mushrooms, baby corn, green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. are some great addition to this simple paneer recipe.
Frying the paneer removes its moisture content, making it dry and hard. To keep them soft, it is important to place the fried paneer cubes in warm water until you use them in the paneer curry.
This tasty sabji is:
- super delicious and easy to make,
- customizable and uses minimal ingredients,
- great for both busy weekdays and also gatherings.
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Paneer Sabzi / Quick Paneer Sabji (15 minutes)
- 1 cup paneer
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 2 small onions (see prep section below)
- 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
- ½ cup tomato puree
- 1 cup bell peppers chopped
- ¼-½ teaspoon salt (adjust as per taste)
- 1 tablespoon cilantro
- 1 cup water
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- ¾-1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- Cut the paneer into medium-sized cubes.
- Cut one onion into big chunks and separate the petals. Dice the bell peppers and place them with the onion petals.
- Finely chop the second onion.
Frying the paneer:
- Heat a frying pan or kadhai on medium heat and add one tablespoon of oil.
- Place the paneer cubes and shallow fry until they are golden.
- Take them out and place them in hot water.
Making the sabzi:
- In the same pan, add one tablespoon of oil. Once it heats, add cumin seeds.
- Next, add finely chopped onions and saute for 3 minutes (until they begin to soften).
- Add tomatoes, ground coriander, turmeric powder, chili powder, and salt. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the onion petals and bell peppers. Mix well and saute on high for 2 minutes.
- Add one cup of water and bring it to a boil. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the fried paneer cubes. Toss everything well and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Increase the heat and let the moisture evaporate.
- Top with cilantro and garam masala. Mix well and serve hot.