19 November 2011

Shahi Paneer / Cottage Cheese in an Exotic Gravy

Shahi Paneer - the name itself suggests its a Royal curry with cottage cheese. It is one of the famous North Indian gravy which is usually had with naan or roti. 'Shahi' seems to be the Indo - Persian name for Royal which denotes that this curry is of Mughal origin in India.

Paneer is cooked in a spicy creamy sauce.The spices that go into the gravy makes it tongue tickling. It is a main course vegetarian gravy dish.

Paneer - 500 gms
Clove - 6
Bay Leaves - 2
Cinnamon - 3   1'' sticks
Green Cardamoms - 6
Onion Paste - 1 cup
Ginger Paste - 2 tbsp
Garlic Paste - 2 tbsp
Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric- 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder- 1 tsp
Cashew Paste - 2 tbsp
Yoghurt - 1 1/4 cup
Warm water - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 2 tsp
Cream - 1/2 cup
Garam Masala - 1tsp
Green Cardomom Powder - 1/2 tsp
Saffron - a few strands dissolved in 1 tbsp milk
Coriander Leaves- 1 tbsp
Red Colour - 2 drops
Oil - 5 tbsp
Salt - to taste


  • Heat oil in a pan; add cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and green cardamoms.
  • Saute on medium heat. When they begin to crackle add onion paste. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the ginger, garlic paste, red chlly powder, turmeric, cashew paste, red colour and salt.
  • Add yoghurt, warm water and sugar. Bring it to a slow boil and simmer till the oil separates.
  • Remove the whole spices.Cool and blend in a mixer.
  •  Reheat, stir in the cream, garam masala, cardamom powder and saffron mixture.
  • Add paneer and cook on low for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with Naan/ Roti/ any Indian Bread.

I have halved the paneer because I wanted more gravy. If you like it thick then use 1 kg paneer.


  1. Really thick, creamy and delicious. Looks absolutely yum yum.

  2. Delicious shahi paneer with rich gravy,looks very tempting.

  3. beautiful nd colourful..yummy paneer chechy.

  4. Rich and delicious recipe. looks absolutely perfect.. nice presentation too !!
    Indian Cuisine

  5. Creamy and delicious recipe.. looks absolutely inviting !!

  6. Creamy yummy paneer....Lovely presentation...

  7. Its a versatile one, gravy looks fabulous n luv the presentation in a cute pot...

  8. creamy, flavourful and delicious paneer... wow.. awesome clicks..

  9. Creamy & exotic indeed!!! Fab, mouthwatering, royal curry!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  10. This is my favourtie paneer curry. Bookmarking this.

  11. the name wanted me to try this out but the list of ingredients had me wondering if i can manage it tomorrow morning without any start up today. Closer reading shows it will be managed. Thanks Will use this to make my lunch tomorrow. Can I use this post?

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    Really a tempting preparation

  13. very exotic dish.....

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