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Mushroom Paneer Bell Pepper – Instant Pot Mushroom Paneer Curry

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Mushroom Paneer Bell Pepper – Instant Pot Mushroom Paneer Curry

This Mushroom Paneer Bell Pepper – Instant Pot Mushroom Paneer Curry is an awesome vegetarian, an incredibly satisfying one pot meal: savory, appetizing, inviting, and not too heavy. This dish also makes excellent leftovers.

First and foremost, paneer is versatile. I deem paneer a blank canvas. It can take on pretty much any flavor you want depending on what you cook it with.

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How to clean and chop mushrooms and bell pepper for this Mushroom Paneer Bell Pepper – Instant Pot Mushroom Paneer Curry?

Brush off bits of soil and debris with mushroom brush or a paper napkin. Then place whole mushrooms in a colander give them a swift but good rinse. Dry with paper towels. There is no need to soak the mushrooms in water.

Carefully slice off the stem with a sharp knife, then place the cap cut-side down and slice it into halves.

The bell pepper (capsicum) need to be diced to 3 inch cubes.

You can use any color bell-peppers. I have used red bell peppers.

What is paneer?

Paneer is a squeaky, fresh cheese from the Indian subcontinent. It is a vegetarian’s companion and is made by curdling milk with a vegetable-derived acid, for instance lemon juice. It has a milky flavor. You can make paneer at home; however, I buy mine from the Indian grocery store. I don’t have the patience to make it at home. There are many recipes online for making homemade paneer. I used Nanak paneer for making this recipe. You can buy any brand that you like or prefer for instance Haldiram, Verka, and Vadilal. Paneer is available in Indian grocery stores.

They key to cooking paneer is that you don’t cook it for too long. It tends to get hard and chewy if you cook it very long.

What do I need to make Mushroom Paneer Bell Pepper – Instant Pot Mushroom Paneer Curry?

Oil, paneer, mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, tomato, ginger garlic paste, cumin seeds, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, ground turmeric, water, black cardamom pod, cloves, Kashmiri chili powder, salt, and fresh cilantro leaves.

And most importantly an Instant Pot.

How do I make this Mushroom Paneer Bell Pepper – Instant Pot Mushroom Paneer Curry

Some people like to stir fry or deep fry the paneer before cooking. However, I am too lazy to do that. You are welcome to deep fry or stir fry paneer if you like.

Firstly, select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal. Next, add oil to the pot. When the oil is hot add cumin seeds, black cardamom pod, and cloves.

saute cumin and whole spices

Once the cumin seeds splutter add onions, and ginger garlic paste. Stir occasionally to prevent the onions from burning. Next, when the onions turn golden in roughly 2 to 4 minutes add the spices (Kashmiri chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, garam masala, and salt), along with 1/4 cup water. Stir well.

add other dry spices and onions

Then add the tomato puree.  Let is sauté for 2 minutes until the raw tomato odor is eliminated and the oil separates.

add tomato puree

Further, add in mushrooms, and bell pepper. Stir well.  Next, add in paneer and stir gently.

add mushroom paneer bell pepper

Finally add 1/4 cup water. Press cancel. Secure the lid on and select manual/high pressure for 3 minutes. When done quick release the pressure. Transfer to a serving bowl. Last but not the least, garnish with cilantro. Serve with tortillas or naan (Indian flat-bread).

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Try some of our other paneer and mushroom recipes:

Instant Pot Matar Paneer – Peas and Paneer

Paneer and Bell Pepper – Restaurant Style in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Kashmiri Mushroom Yakhni / Instant Pot Mushroom Yogurt Curry

 

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Mushroom Paneer Bell Pepper – Instant Pot Mushroom Paneer Curry

This Mushroom Paneer Bell Pepper – Instant Pot Mushroom Paneer Curry is an awesome vegetarian, an incredibly satisfying one pot meal: savory, appetizing, inviting, and not too heavy. This dish also makes excellent leftovers.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Bellpepper mushroom, Easy Instant Pot Paneer, Indian Mushroom Curry, Instant Pot Mushroom Indian, Mushroom Paneer Curry, Paneer Capsicum Mushroom, Paneer Restaurant Style
Servings: 4
Author: Shilpa

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

Instructions

Prep

  • Dice the paneer to 1/2-inch cubes. Slice the mushrooms into two halves.
  • Puree the tomatoes.
  • Chop the onions, and cilantro finely.
  • Dice the bell peppers into 3 inch cubes.

Cook

  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal. Next, add oil to the pot. When the oil is hot add cumin seeds, black cardamom pod, and cloves.
  • Once the cumin seeds splutter add onions, and ginger garlic paste. Stir occasionally to prevent the onions from burning. When the onions turn golden in roughly 2 to 4 minutes add the spices (Kashmiri chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, garam masala, and salt), along with 1/4 cup water. Stir well.
  • Then add the tomato puree.  Let is sauté for 2 minutes until the raw tomato odor is eliminated and the oil separates.
  • Further, add in mushrooms, and bell pepper. Stir well.  Next, add in paneer and stir gently.
  • Finally add 1/4 cup water. Press cancel. Secure the lid on and select manual/high pressure for 3 minutes. When done quick release the pressure. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Garnish with cilantro. Serve with tortillas or naan (Indian flat-bread).
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