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Cauliflower and Paneer Curry - Instant Pot Kashmiri Paneer

This cauliflower and paneer recipe is very easy to make. It doesn't contain onions or tomatoes. Milk and ground fennel coupled with ground turmeric give it a very creamy flavor.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6




  • Chop 1/2 the cauliflower head into large 3 inch florets.
  • Chop the paneer into 3 inch cubes.
  • Slit the Serrano peppers or pinch them slightly from the center. They still need to be intact.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal. Add oil to the pot.
  • When the oil is hot, add asafoetida, cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaf, and black cardamom. Stir and let it saute for a few minutes.
  • Add ground turmeric, ground ginger, ground fennel, ground cumin, salt and stir.
  • Add the chopped cauliflower florets and give it a good stir. Let it saute for about 30 seconds to a minute. Keep stirring.
  • Then add water. Stir well so that the spices are well mixed in the water. Add paneer. Stir gently.
  • Press cancel. Seal the pot and select manual/high pressure for 2 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, use quick pressure release to depressurize. Open the lid and select sauté, add caraway seeds, milk and garam masala. Add the slit Serrano peppers.
    Let it sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until it comes to a boil. This dish is meant to be soupy. You can continue to saute until you reach the consistency you desire. I typically do not saute if for very long.
  • Transfer in a serving bowl. Discard the bay leaf. Serve over steamed rice.


The whole spices (cardamom pods, cloves, bay leaf,  can be discarded, they don't need to be consumed).
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