Shahi Paneer

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Lately, life has become hectic as I am busy packing for our move next month. The funny part is that while I am trying to pack, my mind drifts towards the blog post and while I am in front of the computer, the thought of packing takes center stage….. 🙂
Even though I tried a lot of recipes from various sources, I wasn’t contented with any. So finally I decided to try it out my way, in the true spirit of experimentation. I was really happy with the result. Whoever tasted this dish ended up wiping their plate clean.. 🙂


Shahi Paneer

Shahi Paneer is a side dish comprising of cottage cheese cubes cooked in a rich gravy. This dish goes well very any Indian Bread as well as Rice.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 200 gms Paneer (cut into cubes)
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger chopped
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1 Black Cardamom
  • 2 Green cardamoms
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli powder (you can add to suit your taste)
  • 3 tablespoons Cashewnuts
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Kasoori Methi
  • to taste Salt
  • as required Oil/Ghee


  • Roast the kasoori methi in a pan till it changes colour.
  • Immediately transfer to a plate. Crush with your fingers to a powder. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil/ghee in a pan and add the black and green cardamoms.
  • When they start to splutter, add the chopped onions and saute till they turn translucent.
  • Add the chopped ginger and chillies and saute for a while.
  • Add the tomatoes and mix well.
  • Cover and cook till tomatoes turn soft.
  • Switch off the heat.
  • When cool, grind the tomato-onion mixture to a fine paste.
  • Grind the cashew nuts to a fine paste, adding water as required. Keep aside.
  • Heat a pan and add a teaspoon of oil/ghee and add the chilli powder and stir for a few seconds.
  • Add the ground tomato-onion mixture followed by cashew paste and stir well for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce, salt and cream and mix well.
  • Put in the paneer cubes and boil for 2 minutes.
  • Add the crushed kasoori methi and mix well.
  • If you want a thinner consistency, you may add milk or water as required. Bring to a boil.
  • Switch off the heat and transfer to a serving platter.



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