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Instant Pot Kashmiri Paneer – Spicy Paneer Curry

This Instant Pot Kashmiri Paneer – Spicy Paneer Curry is not difficult to prepare, paneer cubes are pan-fried until crispy, then cooked in a spicy and mouth watering sauce, ideal for a busy weeknight dinner. This dish is the embodiment of a one pot wonder!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Kahsmiri
Servings 6


  • Instant Pot




  • Whisk room temperature yogurt well with a spoon.
  • Firstly, chop the paneer into mid-size cubes, 2 inch by 2 inch. In thickness they need to be about 1/4th inch thick. Next in a pan on medium heat, add 2 tbsp oil. When the oil is hot add paneer cubes and pan fry them until crispy or until they change color. Transfer the pan-fried paneer to a plate.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal. Next, add 2 tbsp oil to the pot.
  • When the oil is hot, add asafoetida, cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaf, black cardamom pods, green cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick. Stir and let it saute for a few minutes.
  • Add ground turmeric, Kashmiri chili powder, ground ginger, ground fennel, ground cumin, salt and 1/4 cup water. Again, give it a good stir.
  • Add whipped yogurt and stir well. Let it saute for a minute.
  • Add paneer, 1/2 cup water, and stir gently without breaking the paneer. Also, make sure the spices coat the paneer well. Press cancel.
  • Once all the ingredients are in, seal the pot and select manual/high pressure for 2 minutes. Finally, when cooking is complete, use quick pressure release to depressurize. Discard the bay leaf.
  • Transfer the cooked dish in a serving bowl and serve over steamed rice.


  • This dish is not very soupy. It has medium gravy. If you like it to be very soupy add 3/4 cup water instead of cup before hitting cancel and selecting manual. So the total water used will be 1 cup instead of 3/4 cup.
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