Malai Paneer Korma (Nut-Free)

Servings: 2
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Main Course
Time: 40 minutes
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Tender cubes of paneer in a rich and silky gravy. Try this nut-free version (without cashew nuts) of the ever-popular Malai Paneer Korma that is just as delicious and creamy.


  • 200 gms paneer
  • 3 medium onions sliced
  • 10-15 cloves of garlic
  • 1" piece of ginger chopped
  • 1 green chilli sliced
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Whole garam masala

  • 1 black cardamoms
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 3 cloves
  • 5 pepper corns
  • 1" piece of cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf


  • To begin, cube the paneer into bite sized pieces. Place them in a bowl. Add 1 ½ cups warm water with a tsp of salt. Mix well. Cover and keep aside.
  • For the white gravy, heat 2 cups of water in a pan. Add in the sliced onions, cloves of garlic, chopped ginger, and the slit green chili. Add in the whole garam masala.
  • In case you feel the onions are red, add in a tablespoon of white vinegar. This will ensure the gravy is not pink in color.
  • Bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and let it simmer until the onions are cooked.
  • Once the onions are cooked, drain off the water. Remove the bay leaf, cardamoms, chillies, and cinnamon. Allow it to cool.
  • Add in 1 cup of curd and blend into a smooth paste.
  • Take 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Do not allow it to heat. Add in the blended mixture. Add a bit of water into the blender jar to clean it up along with a tbsp of cornflour. Pour this mixture into the pan. Since we are not using cashew paste, this ensures that the gravy does not curdle.
  • Keeping the flame medium to low, saute the gravy mixture for 5-6 minutes or until cooked. Do not let it color.
  • Add in salt to taste.
  • Add in the cream and mix well. Cook for a few minutes on low heat.
  • Drain off the paneer pieces and add them to the gravy. Mix until the pieces are well coated. Cover with a lid and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • The Malai Paneer Korma is ready to serve. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and crushed black pepper.



  • My kitchen is a nut-free kitchen. If you want to use cashew nuts, add a handful of them along with the onions when boiling.

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