Shahi Paneer

December 19th, 2010 filed under Gluten Free, Paneer (Indian Cheese), Vegetables Curry / Gravy
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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.


  • 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)


  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.

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60 Responses to “Shahi Paneer”

  1. CĂ©line says:

    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!

  2. Leonara says:

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

  3. manu says:

    what is paprika

  4. kawaljit says:

    its just awesome.

  5. Emi says:

    I made this for my boyfriend tonight and he absolutely loved it!

  6. sana shrama says:

    what is yogurt?? Can we use anythng else rather than using yogurt.

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