Paneer Kalimirch Recipe (Paneer in Black Pepper flavored Gravy)

Paneer in a rich cashew & cream gravy dominant with pepper flavour

Hina Gujral
Paneer Kalimirch Recipe (Paneer in Black Pepper flavored Gravy)
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Paneer Kalimirch Recipe is delicious, creamy paneer dish flavored with black pepper and lots of garlic. Instead of the frying paneer it has been grilled in the pan and then tossed in mild flavored gravy. Serve Paneer Kalimirch with Paratha for the weeknight dinner. Pepper lends a pungent but not harsh touch of spiciness to the dish, making it seem quite different from the usual. This recipe adds great variety to the vegetarian dinner menu for the parties as well. 

Did you know: Black pepper stimulates the taste buds in such a way that an alert is sent to the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, thereby improving digestion. Hydrochloric acid is necessary for the digestion of proteins and other food components in the stomach. Know more

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Course: Side Dish
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

35 M

Total in

55 M


4-5 Servings


  • 250 gram Paneer (Homemade Cottage Cheese)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh cream
  • 2 tablespoon Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 2 teaspoons Whole Black Peppercorns , pounded coarsely
  • Salt , to taste
  • Oil , for cooking
  • Ingredients to be ground into a smooth paste
  • 1 Onion , roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Cashew nuts
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 inch Ginger , peeled and chopped
  • Ingredients for the garnish
  • 4 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 pinch Black pepper powder

How to make Paneer Kalimirch Recipe (Paneer in Black Pepper flavored Gravy)

  1. To prepare Paneer Kalimirch, we will first make a paste of the onion, cashew nut, garlic and ginger using a mixer. Transfer the paste to a bowl and keep aside until required. 

  2. Cut paneer into equal size square pieces. Now heat one tablespoon of oil in the griddle pan over medium heat. Arrange paneer pieces over the griddle pan and grill until charred marks appear on one side.

  3. Brush the upper side of paneer pieces with oil and turn them upside down. Grill paneer until charred marks appear on both sides. This takes about 5 minutes on each side. Turn off the heat. Arrange paneer pieces in a plate and keep aside. 

  4. While paneer is grilling we will start preparing gravy.

  5. Heat two tablespoons oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion paste made above and fry the paste stirring continuously. Once the oil gets separated from the masala add cream and milk. Stir to combine.  

  6. Add the salt, turmeric powder, garam masala, stir and let the gravy simmer for sometime. Adjust the consistency of gravy using little water. After adding water simmer the gravy for some time for the flavors to develop. 

  7. Now add crushed pepper and grilled paneer to the gravy. Stir to combine. Now cook gravy for 3 - 4 minutes more over medium heat. Turn off the heat. Transfer Paneer Kalimirch to a serving bowl.

  8. For garnish, heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Once the oil is heated add chopped garlic. Fry garlic until it turns golden. With a spoon pour fried garlic and oil over the Paneer Kalimirch. Sprinkle a pinch of black pepper on top. Serve hot. 

  9. Serve the Paneer Kalimirch (Paneer in Black Pepper flavored Gravy) as a weeknight dinner or on parties along with Paratha.