Paneer recipes are all over the internet. Although it belongs to the Punjabi cuisine yet everyone is fond of making it day in & out. The reason behind its popularity is the versatility of this dairy product. Yes, I am talking about paneer as an ingredient. All the Paneer items are really very tasty, spicy and aromatic.


My point is you can count on paneer whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner. A step further, paneer has qualified to the level of making dessert items out of it. There are ultimate sweet items made using paneer & few other ingredients. For those who don’t know, paneer means Indian cottage cheese in English.

Before we begin, there’s an important point to realise. Paneer is not something that you can cook using herbs, spices or masala. Hence, the term here is not cooking but extracting. So, yes, we will extract one dairy product from another one—for instance, paneer from milk.

Having said all of the above, let’s talk about what it is & how to make paneer at home. Here we go.

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Making Paneer at Home

One can prepare paneer by adding food acid to hot milk to separate the curds from the whey. This food acid could be either lemon juice, vinegar, citric acid or dahi (yoghurt).

If you look closely, an acid is infused, which curdles the hot milk. As a result, the solid milk separates, leaving behind the white milky water – this is how paneer comes to life.

Once the milk curdles, allow it to cool down. Now drain the white liquid from milk solids. To do this, you can either use a muslin cloth or a strainer. Take a bowl & place the cloth or strainer over it. Empty the mixture & collect the paneer.

Leave everything for 12-36 hours or until every single drop of liquid drains off. Here’s your paneer. You got homemade paneer for yourself. But wait, your homemade paneer is soft & out of shape. What next?

Take a bowl & fill it with cold water. Empty the soft paneer in it & leave it for a couple of hours. The cold temperature will stack your paneer together. Moreover, the chilled water will improve the texture & appearance of the paneer. That’s how paneer is made.

Although this may be true, still commercial production of paneer is different. I mean not totally, but the process is more or less the same.

Culinary Uses of Paneer

Even though paneer is an ingredient, entire recipes are designed around it. In short, it is the hero ingredient in significant paneer recipes. I have some dishes to demonstrate the tasteful culinary use of paneer. Take a look below.

Now that we know all about paneer let’s discuss its categorisation. We have four categories here viz starters, main course, snacks & desserts. Continue reading to get a brief overview of these categories.

Paneer Starter Recipes

The name itself suggests what it is. Starters are served before the main course. I love eating starters, even with main course dishes. Usually, tikka, pakoras or fry paneer with other vegetables are served as starters.

If you go to restaurants, there are infinite varieties of paneer starters. On the other hand, the internet is heavily loaded with paneer starter recipes. To help you get started with starters, we have something for you. Take a look below.

Paneer Tikka (Restaurant Style)

Tandoori Paneer Pakodas – Bread Paneer Ravioli Recipe

Tandoori Paneer Pakodas Spicy and delicious Tandoori Paneer Pakodas is a ginger food created with some twist. Paneer coated with tandoori masala sealed in bread and then fried.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 15min;
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Restaurant Style Paneer Items

Everyone loves restaurant food because they are cooked differently with lots of rich and aromatic ingredients. Here are restaurant and Dhaba style paneer recipes.

Matar Paneer Restaurant-Style

Restaurant Like Paneer Malai Kofta Recipe

paneer malai kofta Paneer Malai Kofta is a popular vegetarian Indian dish. It consists of fried paneer dumplings and creamy rich curry and is extremely delightful.  

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 30min;
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Paneer Kadai Restaurant Style

Paneer Kadhai Dhaba Style Paneer Kadhai is a delicious and spicy Indian cuisine usually served at dhabas (highway food stops).

Prep Time: 5min; Cook time: 15min;
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Paneer Main Course Items

Next, we have the main course paneer recipes. Again, they are rich in ingredients.

The flexibility of paneer recipes is unmatched. They have specific tastes & aromas—for example, garlic paneer gravy – the most compelling evidence of it.

Paneer Bhurji | Scrambled Cottage Cheese

Paneer Biryani Recipe

Paneer Biryani is scrumptious and tasty Indian rice recipe. It's spicy and has an amazing aroma. Also, the best option for vegetarians.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 15min;
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Paneer Handi Masala – 5 Minute Paneer Recipe

Paneer Handi or paneer masala is a delicious rich gravy recipe of India. Made with the puree of cashew nuts, onions, and tomatoes as a base.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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Shahi Paneer – Shahi Paneer Recipe

Shahi Paneer Shahi Paneer is a succulent Indian dish widely popular in northern India.Paneer is an extensively used dairy product and can be added in any gravy.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 30min;
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Paneer Lababdar Recipe – Paneer Lababdar

Paneer Lababdar is a mouth smacking Punjabi dish with a creamy and spicy in taste to spice up your taste buds. Prepared using cashews, tomatoes, and spices.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 30min;
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Paneer Snack Recipes

Do you want something light to eat with tea/coffee? Yes, then paneer snacks are for you. Now there are multiple methods to make tea time snacks with paneer. For example, you can dry roast paneer cubes with masala. Further, you can dip them in besan batter & fry them.

That, too, qualifies as a snack. If you observe, there are unlimited varieties to make using paneer. With this in mind, here’s a compilation of paneer snacks. Go through the list.

Paneer Nuggets | Cottage Cheese Nuggets

Spicy Paneer Burger Patty

paneer burger Paneer Burger is a unique and delicious burger recipe. You can say it is one of the Indian street burgers version, including paneer.

Prep Time: 5min; Cook time: 15min;
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Paneer Masala Idli

paneer masala idli Idli is a naturally gluten-free and one of the healthiest recipe. This paneer idli is loaded with with protein and vitamin B12.

Prep Time: 20min; Cook time: 20min;
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Paneer Desserts

Not only starters & main course, but paneer also qualifies as a dessert item. Kheer recipes using paneer is my all-time favourite. I love it. The best combination is paneer along with milk mawa, aka khoya.

This silky smooth combo will melt in your mouth, making your taste buds feel like heaven. Next, I urge you to try the paneer dessert recipes at home. Believe me, and you won’t regret it.

Aam Kalakand | Mango Kalakand | आम कलाकंद

Paneer Kheer or Paneer Payasam

Paneer Kheer Paneer Kheer is a unique Indian vegan dessert recipe. Kheer is a sweet dish & it is often made during festivals & special occasions.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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Paneer Halwa

Paneer Halwa Paneer halwa with cherry topping is exquisite, flavory & enticing. Watch the recipe video. See how to plate this halwa like a birthday cake.

Prep Time: 5min; Cook time: 10min;
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Paneer Mawa Cake with 5 Ingredients Only

paneer mawa cake Paneer Mawa Cake is an Indian sweet dish consisting of paneer and mawa. This is similar to a creamy fudge. Is easy-to-make and quick recipe.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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Paneer Kalakand with Condensed Milk

Paneer Kalakand Paneer Kalakand is an Indian sweet dish with paneer as its major ingredient. It is a quick and easy Indian milk cake.

Prep Time: 5min; Cook time: 15min;
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Items With Paneer as Side Ingredient

There are two ways to use Indian cottage cheese, first, as a significant ingredient. Second, as a supporting ingredient. Either it will be the main item or will act as an additional item.

Okay, let me clear the confusion with the list of recipes below. The below list contains recipes where paneer is not the main item. It is an additional one. Take a look.

Layali Lubnan – Arabic Semolina Pudding

layali lubnan Layali Lubnan is a famous Lebanese dessert recipe. It resembles a rice pudding and is one of the best recipes for the month of Ramadan

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 15min;
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Yellow Moong Dal Chilla for Weight Loss

Yellow Moong Dal Chilla Yellow Moong Dal Chilla is a tasty, healthy, and nutritious breakfast recipe in India. Watch the recipe video or download the recipe card.

Prep Time: 5min; Cook time: 10min;
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Mix Vegetable Idli Recipe

mix veg idli Mix Vegetable Idli is a delicious South Indian recipe. A wonderful mix of veggies & a little spicy. Serve with any chutney or sauce.

Prep Time: 15min; Cook time: 15min;
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Chicken Greek Open Toast

chicken greek open toast Chicken greek open toast is colourful and zesty toast recipe. It is layered with some juicy cherry tomato & creamy paneer & chicken cubes very greek style.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 15min;
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Greek Salad

Greek salad Greek salad is an awesome, breezy and tangy. It is the best choice salad to have during hot summers. The salad & loaded with many juicy vegetables.

Prep Time: 15min;
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Tiranga Rice – Tri Colour Rice

Tiranga rice Tiranga rice is a grand presentation of our country's flag. It's made with Indian style flavours like carrots, bell peppers & crushed paneer.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 10min;
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Palak Paneer Cheese Dosa Recipe

Palak Paneer Cheese Dosa Palak Paneer Cheese Dosa is a Indian fusion recipe. The dosa is filled with yummy Palak sabji and it taste really different.

Prep Time: 10min; Cook time: 20min;
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