Malai Paneer Korma Recipe| Paneer In White Gravy

Malai paneer korma recipe with step by step photos and detailed information. Looking for something royal then try this silky and smooth Malai paneer korma. This type of dish is a part of royal Mughlai cuisine because of its looks and taste. Malai paneer korma is full of rich ingredients and is topped with some saffron milk or with saffron oil. Here, step by step recipe.

Malai paneer korma

What is Malai paneer korma?

Malai paneer Korma is a paneer dish in white gravy. It is creamy and silky in texture because of its gravy which is made with cashew nuts, milk, yogurt, and cream. Paneer cubes are simmered in an onion, cashew nut gravy. It is very popular in restaurants and also in wedding meals. It goes well with Indian flatbread (roti), Naan, or with Jeera Rice Recipe. It looks so royal that you can make this dish for any party or special occasion.

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Ingridents used in Malai korma

Paneer: Use always fresh paneer for any recipe. It gives a soft texture. Fresh Homemade Paneer is better than the market one. It is very easy to make at home.

Whole spices: Here we are using green cardamom, black cardamom, cloves, black pepper. Not use a lot of spices. We just want a hint of spice flavor in this gravy.

Yogurt : Use fresh yogurt for this recipe. It gives the smooth texture to the gravy.

Malai paneer korma

Ghee: It gives the aroma and flavor to the gravy. You can use butter but in Indian cuisine, we love to use clarified butter or Ghee.

Cashew nut: Don’t forget to use cashew because it provides the creamy and nutty flavor and texture to the gravy.

Tempering: We are using some Ghee, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and some dry fenugreek leaves as tempering.


  • 250-gram paneer
  • 5 tablespoon ghee
  • 4 to 5 onions
  • 8 clove garlic
  • 3 small piece of ginger
  • 4 green chilies
  • 3 green cardamom
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 6 black pepper
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 to 7 cashew nuts
  • 4 tablespoon yogurt
  • 50 ml of milk
  • 5 tablespoon fresh cream
  • A pinch of garam masala powder
  • A pinch of cardamom powder
  • For tempering
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • a pinch of red chili powder
  • Some dry fenugreek leaves
Total time55 minutes

Preparation for making Malai paneer korma

Take a saucepan to add 2 cups of water. Then chop some onions, garlic, ginger, 2 green chilies. Add them into water. Turn on the heat on medium flame.

Add onions garlic ginger and green chili with water

Then add all whole spices.

Whole spices
Whole spices

Add cashews into it cover the lead and cook for 25 to 30 minutes on low flame.


After that when onions are slightly mushy then remove it from water and let it cool completely.

Make a fine puree of this. First, remove the black cardamom and green chilies then Add yogurt and grind it.


Make a smooth puree of the mixture. You can add a bit of water in this stage to mix well.

Now, take a pan add ghee and heat it on low flame.


Immediately add gravy into it and cook it for 10 minutes on low flame. It will pop up from the pan so maintain the distance from the pan.


Add salt. You can adjust salt as per your taste.


Add sugar.


Then add 2 green chilies and a pinch of cardamom powder.

Cardamom powder

Add garam masala powder. Cook another 5 minutes.

Garam masala powder
Garam masala powder

Then add milk and cream for smooth, creamy texture.

Milk and cream
Milk and cream

Add paneer cubes in gravy and cook for more 10 to 15 minutes. After that turn off the heat. Gravy has to be thick but not too much. You can adjust the consistency by adding more milk.

Tempering for korma

Take a pan add ghee and heat it for 30 seconds.


Add turmeric powder. And chilli powder.

Turmeric and red chili powder
Turmeric and red chili powder

Add dry fenugreek leaves. Turn off the heat. Do not burn it cook on low flame. Tempering is ready.

Dry fenugreek leaves into oil
Dry fenugreek leaves

When you pour the gravy in serving plates then pour this tempering over it to adjust the white contrast and enhance the flavor. Serve it with naan, parathas or with rice.

Malai paneer

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