paneer kalimirch recipe

paneer kalimirch recipe with step by step pics. one of the lesser known but equally tasty onion-curd based gravy dish made with paneer is paneer kalimirch. even though paneer kalimirch is not well known, it does make an appearance in the menus of some north indian restaurants.

kalimirch or black pepper is the highlight of this dish. in this paneer kalimirch recipe, the presence of kalimirch is marked in a subtle way without overpowering the gravy with its pungency. you do get subtle notes and hints of kalimirch in the gravy when having it with a roti or phulka.

addition of curd gives a faint sour taste to the gravy and also balances the pungency of the black pepper. fried onion paste impart sweet notes in the gravy.

making paneer kalimirch is easy and even someone new to cooking can easily make this restaurant style paneer recipe. some more restaurant style paneer recipes i have already shared are:

though paneer kalimirch is best served with rotis or naan or paratha or jeera paratha. you can also serve it with rice recipes like jeera rice or peas pulao or veg pulao.

if you want to check some more paneer recipes then you can check matar paneer, malai kofta, shahi paneer, kadai paneer and paneer tikka recipe.

paneer kalimirch recipe below:

paneer kalimirch recipe
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paneer kalimirch recipe

paneer kalimirch gravy recipe - one of the lesser known but equally tasty gravy based dish made with paneer is paneer kalimirch. kalimirch or black pepper is the highlight of this dish.

course main course
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 3
calories per serving 348 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for onion paste:

  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 green cardamoms (chotti elaichi)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 or 2 single mace strands (javitri)
  • ½ cup chopped onion or 1 medium to large onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chopped ginger or ½ inch ginger, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chopped garlic or 2 to 3 medium garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped or 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • 10 to 12 cashews
  • ⅓ to ½ cup water for grinding

for crushed black pepper:

  • ½ teaspoon whole black pepper (sabut kali mirch)

other ingredients for paneer kalimirch:

  • 2 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • 1 small tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
  • ¼ cup fresh curd - beaten (use full fat fresh curd)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ cup water or add as required
  • salt as required
  • 200 grams paneer, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons cream - OPTIONAL
  • 1 teaspoon kewra water (pandanus water) - can also use rose water
  • some mint leaves or coriander leaves for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, crushed for garnish

how to make recipe?

preparation for paneer kalimirch recipe:

  1. take ½ teaspoon black pepper in a mortar-pestle.

  2. crush black pepper to a coarse powder. keep aside.

  3. take ¼ cup fresh curd in a bowl and beat it till smooth. keep aside. use full fat fresh curd. curd made from toned milk or skimmed milk can curdle in the gravy.

making onion paste for paneer kalimirch:

  1. heat 1 tablespoon oil or ghee in a a heavy pan or kadai. add 1 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 2 cloves and 1 or 2 single mace strands.

  2. sauté for a few seconds till the spices crackle.

  3. then add ½ cup chopped onion.

  4. mix and begin to sauté the onion on a low to medium flame till they become light golden. 

  5. when the onions become light golden, then add ½ teaspoon chopped ginger, ½ teaspoon chopped garlic, 1 green chili (chopped) and 10 to 12 cashews.

  6. mix and stirring often sauté till the onions turn golden.

  7. let this onion mixture become warm or cool down.

  8. then add the onion mixture in a grinder jar. 

  9. add ⅓ to ½ cup water and grind to a smooth paste. keep the onion paste aside.

making paneer kalimirch:

  1. now in the same pan in which the onions were fried, heat 2 tablespoon oil or ghee. add 1 tej patta and ½ teaspoon shahi jeera (caraway seeds).

  2. sauté for a few seconds till the shah jeera crackles and becomes fragrant.

  3. now add the onion paste.

  4. mix very well and on a low flame sauté the onion paste on a low flame for 4 to 5 minutes. 

  5. in the jar in which the onion paste was ground, add ½ cup water. swirl and rotate the jar so that the onion paste sticking to the bottom and sides of the jar gets mixed with the water. this onion paste mixed water we will add later in the paneer kalimirch gravy. so keep it ready.

  6. sauté onion paste till you see the oil or ghee separating from the sides of the paste.

  7. then add the crushed black pepper.

  8. mix very well and sauté for 1 minute.

  9. next add the following spice powders - ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder and ½ teaspoon coriander powder.

  10. mix very well and sauté again for a minute.

  11. switch off the flame. keep the pan down and then add the beaten curd.

  12. as soon as you add curd then quickly stir and mix it very well with the onion paste.

  13. add ½ cup water from the grinder jar. mix again very well.

  14. now light the stove-top. keep the flame to a low and then keep the pan on it. 

  15. bring the kalimirch gravy to a simmer.

  16. then add salt as per taste. mix again.

  17. continue to simmer the gravy for a few minutes till you see a few oil or ghee specks on the top. if the kalimirch gravy becomes thick, then you can add some water.

  18. then add paneer cubes (200 grams).

  19. mix well and switch off the flame. at this step you can add 2 tablespoons cream if you want.

  20. lastly add 1 teaspoon kewra water. mix again.

  21. serve paneer kalimirch with rotis, chapati, phulka, naan or jeera rice. while serving garnish paneer kalimirch with some crushed black pepper, mint leaves or coriander leaves.


how to make restaurant style paneer kalimirch recipe:

1. heat 1 tablespoon oil or ghee in a a heavy pan or kadai. add 1 inch cinnamon, 2 green cardamoms, 2 cloves and 1 or 2 mace strands.

spices to make paneer kalimirch recipe

2. sauté for a few seconds till the spices crackle.

spices to make paneer kalimirch recipe

3. then add ½ cup chopped onion.

onions to make paneer kalimirch recipe

4. mix and begin to sauté the onion on a low to medium flame, stirring often.

onions to make paneer kalimirch recipe

5. sauté till the onions become light golden.

onions to make paneer kalimirch recipe

6. then add ½ teaspoon chopped ginger, ½ teaspoon chopped garlic, 1 green chili (chopped) and 10 to 12 cashews.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

7. mix well.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

8. stirring often sauté till the onions turn golden.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

9. let this mixture become warm or cool down.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

10. then add in a grinder jar. also add ⅓ to ½ cup water.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

11. grind to a smooth and fine paste. keep aside.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

12. meanwhile take ½ teaspoon black pepper in a mortar-pestle.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

13. crush black pepper to a coarse powder. keep aside.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

14. take ¼ cup fresh curd in a bowl and whisk it till smooth. keep aside. use full fat fresh curd. curd made from toned milk or skimmed milk can curdle in the gravy. i have used homemade curd.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

making paneer kalimirch gravy:

15. now in the same pan in which we fried the onions, heat 2 tablespoon oil or ghee. add 1 tej patta and ½ teaspoon shahi jeera (caraway seeds). if you do not have shahi jeera, you can also take cumin seeds (jeera).

making paneer kalimirch recipe

16. sauté for a few seconds till the shahi jeera crackles and becomes fragrant.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

17. now add the onion and spices paste.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

18. mix very well and on a low flame sauté the onion paste.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

19. in the jar in which the onion paste was ground, add ½ cup water. swirl and rotate the jar so that the onion paste sticking to the bottom and sides of the jar gets mixed with the water. this onion paste mixed water we will add later in the paneer kalimirch gravy. so keep it ready.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

20. stirring often sauté onion paste for 4 to 5 minutes on a low flame.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

21. sauté till you see the oil or ghee separating from the sides of the paste.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

22. then add the crushed black pepper.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

23. mix very well.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

24. sauté for 1 minute.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

25. next add the following spice powders – ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder, ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder and ½ teaspoon coriander powder.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

26. mix very well and sauté for a minute.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

27. switch off the flame. keep the pan down and then add the beaten curd.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

28. as soon as you add curd quickly stir and mix it very well with the onion paste.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

29. add the ½ cup water from the grinder jar.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

30. mix again very well.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

31. now light the stove-top and keep the flame to a low. keep the pan on the flame. bring the kalimirch gravy to a simmer.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

32. when the gravy comes to a boil, then season with salt as per taste. mix again.

making paneer kalimirch recipe

33. continue to simmer the gravy for a few minutes till you see a few oil or ghee specks on the top. if the gravy becomes thick, then you can add some water.

paneer kalimirch recipe

34. then add paneer cubes (200 grams).

paneer kalimirch recipe

35. mix well and switch off the flame. at this step you can add 2 tablespoons cream if you want.

paneer kalimirch recipe

36. lastly add 1 teaspoon kewra water (pandanus water). mix again. you can use 1 teaspoon rose water instead of kewra water.

paneer kalimirch recipe

37. serve paneer kalimirch with rotis, chapati, paratha, naan or jeera rice or ghee rice or veg pulao. while serving garnish paneer kalimirch with some crushed black pepper, mint leaves or coriander leaves.

restaurant style paneer kalimirch recipe