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.
- 1/2 lb paneer (approx. 1-1/2 cups cubed)
- 12 cashews kaju
- 2 medium tomatoes chopped
- 1 green chili chopped
- 1/4 inch ginger adrak
- 3 tbsp oil canola, vegetable
- 1 tsp cumin seeds jeera
- 1/8 tsp asafetida hing
- 1 bay leaf taj pata
- 1 tbsp coriander powder dhania
- 1/4 tsp turmerick haldi
- 1/4 tsp red chili powder
- 1/2 cup yogurt dahi, curd
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- 2 tbsp cilantro finely chopped hara dhania
- Slice paneer into 3/4 inch cubes. Keep aside.
- Grind cashews into powder-like consistency. Keep aside.
- Puree tomatoes, green chili and ginger. Keep aside.
- 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.
- Increase heat to medium-high and test the oil by adding one cumin seed. If it cracks immediately, the oil is ready. Add cumin seeds to the oil and as they crack, add asafetida and bay leaves. Stir for a few seconds.
- 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.
- Add sugar, cashew powder and yogurt. Cook for another minute then add 1 cup of water and salt and bring to boil.
- Add paneer and cover the pan. Simmer for a few minutes over medium-low heat, till gravy is slightly thick in consistency.
- Remove from heat, add garam masala and chopped cilantro. Mix gently, cover the pan and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Shahi paneer tastes best if it is served hot.
Serve Shahi Paneer with Naan, or over the Jeera Rice
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78 thoughts on “Shahi Paneer”
I was always very intimidated in making Indian cuisine but your recipes and videos are so helpful. Our family is trying to cut down on meat and we all love Indian recipes. Thank you for what you do.
Sutra, Thanks I am happy to know that I can be any help.
This creamy, spicy and full of gravy dish called shahi paneer will make you feel hungry even after having the dinner. Having shahi paneer with naan or rice will make your evening for sure!
Easy, instant and heavenly.. but I have seen people using onions in this dish.. what do u think.. would it change the taste..??
Rashmi, yes onions will change the taste, personally I don’t enjoy onions, but you should try both ways.
I love to make shahi paneer. It is an instant hit among guests. I have a question. What is the main difference between shahi panner and paneer makhani??…
I would like to try our paneer makhani next. But I feel like both recipes are very much similar. Please help.
Cashew nuts are my favourite dry fruits. and it combines with paneer so well and gives a good taste.
Whenever I try a new recipe I put a few words on the page for future reference. I had only one comment for this dish. It was “Heavenly.”
lee allen, Thank you, I appreciate
I would like to know if I can use thick curd instead of yogurt.
Thank u for sharing ur receipes. U hv truly inspired many ppl w/ ur videos. U make it look so simple tht even s beginner like me wants to try making it. Thanks again!!!
I hv 1 question, if I hv to make this receipe for let’s say 8 ppl; I’ll just hv to double the ingredients, right?
Wonderful recipe! This was my first attempt at Indian cooking, and your instructions were clear and easy to follow.
Now for a second helping!
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.
use two tablespoon besan and roaste the besan with cumin seeds till it is golden brown.
I love this recipe, thank you sooooo much.
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!
Just great- will be repeated soon. Also, I made the paneer like Manjula showed, so easy and yummy.
Joghurt is CURD, not dal.
what is paprika
Very mild red pepper that is powdered
its just awesome.
I made this for my boyfriend tonight and he absolutely loved it!
what is yogurt?? Can we use anythng else rather than using yogurt.
yogurt is DAHI. you can prepare it at home or buy it from any food store.
OMG you make Indian cooking look ridiculously easy! Can’t wait to see more of your videos. Thank you!!
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!!
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.
Manjulaji, I made this again last night. Your recipes are easy and delicious. Thanks.
This recipe was a great success. My daughter gave me a thumbs up for it. she hated all my paneer dishes till then.
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 🙂
I made this more that couple of weeks ago. It turned out really delicious. Thanks.
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..
Kasia, look under the recipe list for Paneer and the recipe for plain paneer is under that tab.
dear manjula mam i have tried your recipe please can you tell me how to make springroll sheets in home
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!
hello manjula aunty,
thanku for the wonderful recipe.
cn i know what kind of cheese u use?
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”
Hing in english is asafetida.
How can we do the recepie if we dont know the brand name of garram masala.
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.
Hi Manjula Aunty
Thankyou so much for the instant reply. I wanted to ask which brand of garam masala did you use. Roma
Hi Manjula Aunty
I wanted the name of the masala you used. Thanks
Roma, All the ingredients are listed
mam i think u should use1 tomato and 1 onion, it will be a great taste then this recipe
Hi,can we use tomato paste if we can how much?
You can use tomato past but I prefer not to, if you decide to use just add slowly so you can adjust the taste and consistency to your liking.
dear manjula aunty,
Thank you so much for your wonderful Recipes
in shahi paneer you use paprika, can i know what is paprika.
I use paprika is like kashmiri mirch.
can i use peanut butter instead of cashew nut powder?
It will change the flavor completely, it will come out very interesting I just don’t know how it will taste.
Hi Manjula aunty,
Thank u for the wonderful recipe.
My husband and in-laws loved ur recipe a lot.
Once again thanks.
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
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.
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 !
Dear Manjula Auntie
Thanks for all the delightful recipes. I tried shahi paneer yesterday and it just came out to be outstanding…Thanks again.
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…..:-)
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.
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 ..
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!
I made this dish and it was absolutely wonderful! Thank you for all of your delicious recipes — especially this one!
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.
it was relay a very tasty dish
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!
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.
What is paprika? I am in India and what I need to ask for paprika?
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.
If you watch the video she mentions that paprika is deggi mirch.
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?
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).
HAPPY NEW YEAR
WE GOING TO TRY.I LOVE PANE ER RECIPES.THANK YOU
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???
She is using Magic Bullet.
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