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Shahi Paneer

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Shahi Paneer is a very festive main dish that is creamy and rich in flavor. It is usually a special occasion dish. Shahi paneer can be served with any Indian bread, such as naan or with rice.

Recipe will serve 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb paneer (approx. 1-1/2 cups cubed)
  • 12 cashew nuts
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1/4 inch of ginger
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder, adjust to taste
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hara Dhania)

Method

  1. Slice paneer into 3/4 inch cubes. Keep aside.
  2. Grind cashews into powder-like consistency. Keep aside.
  3. Puree tomatoes, green chili and ginger. Keep aside.
  4. Add oil in a pan, over medium heat. Shallow fry paneer cubes till they turn slightly brown. Remove from pan and place over paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  5. Increase heat to medium-high and test the oil by adding one cumin seed. If it cracks immediately, the oil is ready.
  6. Add cumin seeds to the oil and as they crack, add asafetida and bay leaves. Stir for a few seconds.
  7. Add tomato puree, coriander powder, turmeric, red chili powder, and paprika. Cook the mixture, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes. It will reduce to half its volume and start separating from the oil.
  8. Add sugar, cashew powder and yogurt. Cook for another minute then add 1 cup of water and salt and bring to boil.
  9. Add paneer and cover the pan. Simmer for a few minutes over medium-low heat, till gravy is slightly thick in consistency.
  10. Remove from heat, add garam masala and chopped cilantro. Mix gently, cover the pan and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  11. Shahi paneer tastes best if it is served hot.

64 thoughts on “Shahi Paneer

  1. Wonderful recipe! This was my first attempt at Indian cooking, and your instructions were clear and easy to follow.

    Now for a second helping!

  2. Hello aunty,

    Thank you for the yummy recipe!

    I wanted to ask what would be a substitute for cashew powder, please let me know. I have 15 guests coming for dinner over the weekend and I wanted to make this dish.

    Hina

  3. I was trying to find easy vegetarian Indian recipes to try myself rather than get a delivery from the local takeaway (which often isn’t true Indian and very greasy!), and I came across your site. So glad I did! I tried this recipe yesterday for dinner. Not only was it fairly quick to do, but it was a success. Lovely flavours. I have bookmarked your site and will visit again to try something new. Thank you!

  4. Just great- will be repeated soon. Also, I made the paneer like Manjula showed, so easy and yummy.
    Joghurt is CURD, not dal.

  5. Hi Manjula ji,

    Thanks a lot for all the wonderful recipes!

    Now my Mom and Wife respect my culinary skills, they think i’m amazing with cooking after trying your shahi paneer.

    It was huge success, next stop! mattar Kachori tomorrow!

    Hats off to you!!

  6. Actually I like using onions and garlic in my dishes. I am afraid if I use them in your recipes it may change the taste and it may not taste as good. I like to use onions and garlic not just for their taste but also for health reasons. Garlic reduces cholestrol and onions are good for fighting infections….I guess I will have to try it.

  7. This recipe was a great success. My daughter gave me a thumbs up for it. she hated all my paneer dishes till then.

  8. Hello, Thanks for the simple to follow recipe. I am in Melbourne and Making it for my wife. I tasted it and liked it. Hope she likes it as well. Thanks :-)

  9. Dear Manjula can You tell as hot to make paneer ? Because I know it’s not hard to make and I can’t find it in our shops..

  10. Hi there! Thanks for this lovely recipe. Tried it last night and it was fantastic! Though just two things, I did not use hing due to religious reasons, and I substitute paneer with soft tofu and it still tastes great! (Coz paneer is quite expensive at my area, and with tofu you can save method #4). Cheers!

  11. manjula aunty your recepies are too good.i am from south india some of the contents i cant understand.will u please tell me what is “hing”

    1. Roma, you can find recipes on-line to make your own garam masala at home or you can buy pre-made garam masala from an India grocery store. Garam masala is a combination of several spices in different quantities that are ground into a powder.

      Many Indian households still make their own garam masala. Just go to an Indian grocery store and ask the store clerk which are the best selling brands. Don’t worry too much over it.

  12. dear manjula aunty,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful Recipes

    in shahi paneer you use paprika, can i know what is paprika.

  13. Hi Manjula aunty,

    Thank u for the wonderful recipe.

    My husband and in-laws loved ur recipe a lot.
    Once again thanks.

    Lakshmi

  14. HI MADAM

    I HAVE MADE SHAHI PANEER ON MY HUSBAND BIRTHDAY ALL FAMILY MEMEBER LOVE THE RECEPIE AND SAID ME TO MAKE IT AGAIN

    THANK U FOR SUCH GOOD RECEPIE

  15. Hi Ms. Manjula,

    I’ve made Rashgulla so I know how to make paneer for that. Do you use the same paneer for “shahi paneer”? It doesn’t look like it is the same. If not, where would I find this type of paneer? Thanks.

  16. I made this today along with the Cabbage and peas, and also the Arbi Fry. Was so good. I din’t have enough milk to make Paneer, but had a package of Mexican Queso Fresca cheese in the refrigerator. It’s basically same as paneer and good for veggies dishes but not sweets.It is similar in looks and tastes) and it turned out fantastic. Thank you auntie for this great recipe !

  17. Dear Manjula Auntie
    Thanks for all the delightful recipes. I tried shahi paneer yesterday and it just came out to be outstanding…Thanks again.

  18. Hi Manjula aunty,

    I always make shahi paneer somewhat similar to your recipe….but instead of using yogurt I use thick cream (milk cream). And I can’t say how delicious it comes out. Anyways thanks for the recipe. I will try yogurt also…….Its good to try some new things…..:-)

  19. Hi Manjula, Thanks for taking the time out to show us how we can make different recipes it is great being a veggie lover its grt!!!! I am now going to try to make you Shahi Paneer.

    Thanks Nandani

  20. Nice recipe.. I am too a vegetarian and people like you always inspires me to try my hand on cooking cum blogging.
    I am new to blogging but not in cooking :)
    Pls visit my blog and do let me know your thoughts on it ..
    Regards,
    Tanu

  21. Hi Manjula,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful Recipes!
    I feel so much better not using garlic and onions in my foods!
    Do you have any Raw salad recipes,foods that are not cooked?
    I think these spices would be so good in a Salad!
    Blessings
    Naddina

  22. Aunty this dish came out very delicious.
    What is the name of the blender you are using?I need to buy one and yours look good.

  23. I just made this. Oh. My. God. Sooooooo good. Rich, creamy, with just the right balance between spicy and sweet. I can’t wait to try more recipes from this site.

    Thanks, Manjula, for keeping this site going!

  24. Dear Manjula,

    Thank you for the excellent recipes and instructions. I tried using recipes from professor Pant’s book, but it was less satisfactory and did not convey the methods you teach so clearly. From now on I will always watch your instruction before trying a new dish.

    Thanks!

    FPD

    1. Tanu, it’s easier to just Google “paprika”. It’s a Hungarian pepper that adds red color but not too much hotness. If you don’t have it, just skip it. It won’t effect the flavor of the dish.

  25. Hello Aunty,

    Firstly, wish u and ur family a happy new year.

    I loved this recipe. Can u tell me if I can add onions to this recipe or is Shahi paneer better off without onions? If we can add onions, then at what stage would it be best to add it?

    Thanks,

    1. Nidhi, you would add chopped onions just after step 6. Let them saute till soft for about 5 minutes and then continue on with step 7.

      If you use onions, you can omit the asafetida (hing).

  26. Hi Aunty…i want to know what type of grinder you use to grind masala. cashews or anything. i live in UK . i find blenders and chopper hare but no grinder. can u tell me the brand and model of your grinder???

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