Paneer Kali Mirch

I keep trying different recipes with paneer (Indian cottage cheese) as it is relished at our home. This recipe is for creamy & spicy Paneer Kali Mirch with the sweetness of cinnamon and our key ingredient is black peppercorns (kali mirch) as the name says.

This recipe isn’t that popular on the Indian restaurants menu but it is as delicious as Paneer Butter Masala or Kadai Paneer.

Also try:  Paneer Do Pyaaza, Tawa Paneer Masala, Paneer Jalfrezi or Paneer Lababdar.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Indian

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Cooking – 30 mins, Total – 40 mins

Servings: 2


  1. Paneer – 200 grams (cut into cubes)
  2. Curd or Plain Yogurt – 1/2 cup (beaten)
  3. Onion – 1 large or 2 medium (sliced)
  4. Garlic – 3-4 cloves (roughly chopped)
  5. Ginger – 1 inch (roughly chopped)
  6. Green Chillies – 2 (roughly chopped)
  7. Cashew – 5-6
  8. Black Peppercorns – 1/2 tsp
  9. Green Cardamom – 2
  10. Black Cardamom – 1
  11. Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  12. Cloves – 2
  13. Bay Leaf – 1
  14. Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
  15. Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  16. Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  17. Fresh cream – 2 tbsp (optional)
  18. Mint Leaves – 2 tbsp (chopped)
  19. Water – 1 cup
  20. Oil – 3 tbsp
  21. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Paneer Kali Mirch:

  1. Take black pepper in a mortar-pestle and crush them to a coarse powder. Keep aside
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan or a kadai. Add green cardamom, black cardamom, cloves and cinnamon stick. Saute till fragrant
  3. Add onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies and cashews. Saute till light golden brown. Remove from the heat and let it cool down
  4. Transfer it to a blending jar. Add 1/4 cup water and blend to a smooth paste
  5. Again heat 1 tbsp in a pan or a kadai. Add bay leaf and saute for a couple of seconds. Add the paste and cook till golden brown
  6. Add crushed black peppercorns, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and cumin powder. Mix
  7. Add beaten curd. Stir immediately and cook for 2-3 mins
  8. Add 3/4 cup water or as needed and bring it to boil. Add paneer and salt. Mix and cook for 1-2 mins
  9. Add mint leaves and mix. Your Paneer Kali Mirch is ready
  10. Garnish with some crushed peppercorns and serve hot with phulkas.


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