Paneer Curry

Paneer Curry
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Instant pot paneer curry is a favorite in our family, especially as it is delicious and gives our protein (as we are vegetarians). This curry is so simple to make and can even make it in a regular pan/pressure cooker. I like to cut the paneer into tiny pieces because as they get cooked, they absorb the gravy and becomes swollen. Of course you can cut whichever size you want.

For Stovetop: 

Follow the same steps as below in a pressure cooker and cook for 1 whistle and let the cooker completely release its pressure before opening the lid.


Follow the same steps in a wide saute pan with lid , and cook till paneer pieces absorb all the flavors and juices. 

For Instant Pot:

Instant pot paneer curry

Instant pot paneer curry

Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Subhadra Burugula


  • 3 small spoons Oil or Ghee
  • 1 cup Onions - finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 4 Tomatoes - finely chopped
  • 400 gms Paneer - cubed
  • 1+1/2 cup cup Water - or as required
  • Cilantro - to Garnish

Whole Spices

  • 2 cardamom
  • 3 to 4 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon piece
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds

Spice powders

  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Curry Powder
  • Red chilli powder - to taste
  • Salt - to taste
  • 1 tsp Dry fenugreek leaves powder/kasoori methi


  • Put Instant pot on Saute mode- high
  • Add ghee or oil/ let it get hot
  • Add whole spices and Cumin seeds and fry well
  • Add onions, salt and saute well
  • Once the onions are light browned then add ginger garlic paste, fry well
  • Add Tomatoes fry well, keep the lid to make it mushy
  • Once tomatoes are mushy add all the spice powders and mix well
  • Add Paneer cubes, water, salt and mix well
  • Turn off Saute mode, keep the lid to sealing and put it in manual high for 2 mins
  • You can do Quick release or Natural release, I released the vent after 10 mins in warm mode.
  • Add Cilantro and Fenugreek leaves powder, mix well
  • Serve with Rice/Roti/Paratha or Tortillas

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