Paneer Sabzi

Melt in your mouth paneer pieces tossed in a rich gravy made with tomatoes, onions and spices. A delicious, simple paneer sabzi recipe that you can whip up with pantry ingredients and Indian spices.  Quick to make for a weeknight dinner!
Paneer sabzi with bell peppers on a blue plate.
  • Vegetarian
  • Ready in under 30 minutes for a weeknight meal (one pot)
  • Gluten-free option

About Paneer Sabzi

This paneer sabzi recipe came about because I wanted to make a quick, healthier than usual paneer dish. Many popular paneer dishes are often inclusive of heavy cream and fats, like the ones you find at Indian restaurants.  Don’t get me wrong, they are super delicious, and I make them as well, but I thought this would be a nice change.

This dish entails the usual Indian spices you likely have on hand if you are into Indian cooking.  The star ingredient is paneer and I’ve added bell peppers in.  You can also add in other veggies to your liking, I’ve noted some variations below.

If you haven’t had paneer before it is often referred to as Indian cottage cheese.  It’s made by curdling milk with lemon juice or vinegar.   Its crumbles can even be used for a yummy dish like paneer bhurji.

I’ll soon have a recipe up for fresh homemade paneer, it is such a versatile ingredient.

Ingredients & Substitutes

Paneer sabzi ingredients overhead photo.

Veggies: I’ve added green bell pepper (capsicum) in this recipe.  I also like to add in sweet corn, green peas and spinach sometimes. 

Crushed tomatoes: these are canned crushed tomatoes which is different from tomato puree. The difference between the two is that crushed tomatoes includes both crushed tomatoes and tomato puree.  This results in a slightly thicker gravy.

  • If all you have is tomato puree on hand, you can use it but you make want to cook it a little longer. 
  • You can also use chopped fresh tomatoes as well.

Fat: I’ve used oil, you could substitute ghee.

Kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves): While this spice isn’t one I keep in my masala dabba, it is one I have on hand and adds a delicious depth of flavor.  If you don’t have it just skip it, it’ll still taste good 😉

Cilantro: Coriander leaves are optional but adds a last fresh touch if you have it on hand.

Note: You can also use ginger garlic paste in place of the fresh ingredients

Paneer sabzi ready in pan with a serving spoon in pan.

Variations

Making it gluten-free: if you skip the hing (asafoetida), this is gluten-free

Making it vegan: Substitute the paneer for tofu for a vegan alternative.  You can either use the tofu soft, or lightly saute in a little oil if you prefer a crispier texture.

Making the dish

This paneer sabzi is simple to make.  If you have everything prepped and measured ahead of time, it makes the process even easier.

First, you heat oil in a pan (I used non-stick) and add cumin seeds.  Once they begin to cook/sizzle, add in the hing (asafoetida).

Then, add in the sliced onions and garlic. Next up are the remaining spices (garam masala powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder,  salt and sugar) and crushed tomatoes. After giving it a good mix and letting it cook briefly, add in the bell peppers and paneer cubes into the rich spicy gravy.

Let cook briefly so the paneer can soak in all that flavor and the bell peppers soften a bit.   I like to leave the capsicum (bell peppers) with a slight crunch.  Then, it’s done!

Serving suggestions

Paneer ki sabji tastes great with warm roti or other Indian breads and with steamed rice such as basmati rice / jeera rice. Often sabzis are also served with dals for a complete meal.

If you’d like to serve other vegetable dishes, peas cauliflower nu shaak or bhinda nu shaak are two other very easy ones you can make. Others include karela nu shaak or bharela bhinda.

This is a simple paneer sabzi recipe you can also make for special occasions in big batches.

For a sweet ending, you can try one of many popular Indian sweets.

Paneer sabzi with bell peppers on a blue plate.

Simple Yummy Paneer Sabzi

Shilpa Joshi
Melt in your mouth paneer pieces tossed in a rich gravy made with tomatoes, onions and spices. A delicious, simple paneer sabzi recipe that you can whip up with pantry ingredients and Indian spices.  Quick to make for a weeknight dinner!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 328 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Non stick pan

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds jeera
  • tsp asafoetida hing
  • 1 cup onions chopped, 160g
  • 1 tbsp ginger blended/paste
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cumin coriander powder dhana jeeru
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp red chili powder lal mirch, do 1/2 tsp for less spice
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes canned
  • 1 bell pepper (capsicum) 180g, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 250 g paneer cubed
  • 1 tsp dry fenugreek leaves kasuri methi
  • 2 stalks cilantro chopped, optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in pan. Add cumin seeds. Once they begin to sizzle, add in the asafetida.
  • Add in chopped onions. Mix and let cook about 4 minutes, they will begin to look translucent. Add in garlic and mix another 2 minutes.
  • Add in all spices and mix.
  • Add in crushed tomatoes. Mix and let cook 3 minutes.
  • Add in paneer and bell peppers. Mix well and let cook 5 minutes. Add in kasuri methi, mix and turn off gas. Optionally top with freshly chopped cilantro and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 11gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 689mgPotassium: 328mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 427IUVitamin C: 34mgCalcium: 344mgIron: 1mg
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