Methi Malai Paneer

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Refreshing flavor of dill leaves along with the mild bitterness from fenugreek leaves and soft paneer bites in a creamy gently, spiced gravy! Don’t you love when a meal comes together in 30 minutes? Well, this Methi Malai Paneer is not only easy to make, it’s also packed with nutrition and tastes delicious. Paired with Instant Naan, this Methi Malai Paneer could be your treat, even on a busy day.

Finally, after several months of sunny and dry weather, we are finally getting some rain. Needless to say, we are leaning toward warm comforting meals. Soups, Stews and Curries are filling up my weekly menu and this Methi Malai Paneer curry fits right in. To my surprise, my little fella, who is currently a little picky with his greens, enjoyed this curry quite happily.

What greens are added in the Methi Malai Paneer ?

A combination of fresh dill leaves with fresh fenugreek leaves are added in this Methi Malai Paneer curry.

There is definitely a long list of spices that goes in but that’s what makes this curry so warm and comforting:

Spices that goes in:

  • Fennel Seeds
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Green Cardamoms
  • Bay leaf
  • Cloves
  • Cumin Powder
  • Coriander Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Salt
  • Turmeric

Couple of alternative options for the Methi Malai Paneer!

  • You could keep the dish stir fried instead of a curry with just the paneer and chopped greens.
  • If you wish to avoid heavy cream, you can also use coconut milk. However, the taste will not be the same.



Methi Saag Malai Paneer (Paneer with Fenugreek Dill Creamy Sauce) | Playful Cooking #foodphotography #paneer #photography #curry #indian #stew

Methi Saag Malai Paneer (Paneer with Fenugreek Dill Creamy Sauce) | Playful Cooking #foodphotography #paneer #photography #curry #indian #stew

I have always cooked with methi (fenugreek) and dill leaves separately in stir-fries, curries and fritters. But mixing them together is something that I learnt from my mother in-law. She always mixes these two greens to make variety of dishes. I am not sure if this combination is used commonly but if you haven’t tried it before, give it a go. The flavor blends really well.

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Methi Saag Malai Paneer (Paneer with Fenugreek Dill Creamy Sauce) | Playful Cooking #foodphotography #paneer #photography #curry #indian #stew

Methi Saag Malai Paneer + GIVEAWAY

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1.85 oz/52 g fresh dill leaves
  • 4.75 oz/135 g fresh fenugreek leaves
  • 4.70 oz/133 g onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1- inch ginger
  • 6.35 oz/ 180 g paneer
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

spices used

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala


  1. Take the fenugreek leaves and discard just the hard stems near the roots (the stems themselves add flavor to the dish and I generally don’t completely discard them). Do the same for the dill leaves. Clean the leaves and finely chop both of them.
  2. Finely chop the onion. Pound or grate the garlic and ginger. Slice the paneer blocks in bite size cubes.
  3. Place a heavy bottom skillet or pan at medium heat. Pour the oil and once the oil heats up, add the whole spices (fennel, cumin, cardamom, clove and bay leaf). Add the garlic ginger and toss it around for 1 minute.
  4. Scatter the onion, season with salt and pepper and stir around. Cook for 3 minutes or until the onion has softened.
  5. Add the ground spices (cumin, coriander and chili powder), stir around and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped greens, mix it around, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. The leaves should have softened.
  7. Scatter the paneer cubes, add ½ teaspoon of salt and pour 1½ cups of water. Mix it around, cover and cook for 3 minutes.
  8. Finally, add the garam masala powder and pour the heavy cream. Mix it around and simmer for 2 minutes. Check for salt and add any, if needed.
  9. Serve warm with Instant Naan or your choice of bread.



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  • Moumita Dutta
    Moumita Dutta
    November 29, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    This is one of my most favorite paneer recipe. Nice way to eat methis 😊😊
    Beautiful pictures!

  • angiesrecipes
    November 29, 2018 at 9:40 PM

    So very delicious! And as always, your photos are amazing!

  • Meera
    November 30, 2018 at 12:42 AM

    What an easy and lovely recipe to include greens!

  • Diana
    November 30, 2018 at 7:43 AM

    Gorgeous Recipe! Can’t wait to try it

  • Amy Downey
    Amy Downey
    November 30, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    I love recipes containing mixtures of greens and I just recently started using/LOVING methi by way of an Ethiopian collards recipe. I can’t get over the complexity of methi

  • Elyse
    November 30, 2018 at 8:45 AM

    Yum!! Definitely looking forward to making this!

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    This looks positively delicious.

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    November 30, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    Curry is my husband’s favorite meal! Yum!

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    Laura LaPlante
    November 30, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Looks like a good savory breakfasts dish. Excited to try!

  • Papori
    November 30, 2018 at 8:52 PM

    Although I’m not so fond of paneer but methi is my favorite… Will definitely give this recipe a try. Thanks Kankana

  • Barb
    December 1, 2018 at 2:48 AM

    It looks very delicious. I like the style of your photos 🙂

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  • Ciel
    December 2, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Looks phenomenal! 😍🤤

  • Sarah
    December 2, 2018 at 9:58 PM

    I love the incorporation of fenugreek leaves. So aromatic!

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    December 3, 2018 at 9:13 AM

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    Larry Gober
    December 4, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    I have neighbors from Rajshahi I would love to gift this to Moe on Christmas

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    Anuradha Malvadkar
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  • Jahnabee Banerjee
    Jahnabee Banerjee
    December 9, 2018 at 3:37 AM

    The photography is crazy awesome. I am not very fond of paneer but this arrangement makes it look so alluring that I was to eat it. Yummmm. I should come over soon to eat some yummmm. Keep up the good work. Love your blog.

  • Manasa
    December 9, 2018 at 4:10 AM

    Hi I love the idea of combining dill with pander, it’s kinda new to me and dying to try. It out. Nice

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