Sunday, September 23, 2012

Shahi Paneer - Cottage Cheese in Creamy Tomato Gravy

Shahi Paneer is one of the very first recipes I learnt from my MIL thus making this recipe very close to my heart & truly special. She is an awesome cook. Even today when I make this dish, I recollect her words & her explanation. Anyone & everyone who has had this dish, keeps asking for more. 

Shahi Paneer is a Royal North Indian dish where you cook paneer (cottage cheese) in thick creamy tomato gravy enriched with spices. Its the perfect main course dish to be served with Roti/Chapati/Naan or any Indian bread of your choice. 

250 gms of paneer, thawed & cut into cubes or triangles
2 bay leaves (Tej patta)
1 tsp cumin seeds (zeera)
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
3 green chilies finely chopped (or to taste)
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 cup of thick tomato paste
1 tbsp of tomato ketchup
5 tbsp of cream 
some finely chopped coriander
pinch of sugar
1tbsp of oil for cooking
salt to taste

Masala: (these ingredients are easily available at Indian/Asian Grocery stores) 
1 tsp of red chili powder  (or to taste)
1 tbsp of coriander powder
1/2 tsp of cumin seeds powder
1/2 tsp of garam masala  (or to taste)
1 tbsp of Shahi Paneer Masala (optional)(using MDH brand for this recipe)


  • In a vessel, heat the oil on medium flame & once hot add the cumin seeds & bay leaves. Once cumin seeds start spluttering add the onions & saute. 
  • When the onions turn translucent, add the asafoetida, green chilies, ginger & garlic paste. Saute till raw garlic smell disappears
  • Now add the tomato paste & mix. Cook for 2 mins stirring intermittently. 
  • Then add all the ingredients listed under "Masala" along with salt & cook till this mixture thickens & starts oozing oil from the side (approximately 2 mins)
  • Adjust the consistency by adding a cup of water. Mix & simmer till it comes to a boil. 
  • Now add the tomato ketchup & cream & mix well. If your tomato gravy tastes sour add a pinch of sugar to cut the sourness down. 
  • Final step is to add the paneer & mix with light hands to prevent the paneer from crumbling. Top it with some coriander for garnishing. 

That's it our Shahi Paneer is ready, serve it hot with Roti/Chapati/Naan or any Indian bread of your choice. 
Happy Cooking!!

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  1. Mmmhhh, that dish looks so good!

  2. this is my kids favourite.. looks soooo yummy!

  3. wow... paneer gravy truly looks shahi!! creamy and delicious :)

  4. Wow.......very inviting click Shweta. Sounds delicious.

    Today's recipe:

  5. OMG ! Mouth watering here...

  6. this same recipie is written on MDH SHAHI PANEER MASALA.... what's ne in this?

    1. Really, then great although I haven't read it. Thanks for reading this recipe anyways.

  7. this looks so tempting ...nice color

  8. Droolworthy,irresistible and rich looking shahi paneer.

  9. This looks really delicious. Love the colours as it makes the dish look rich and tempting.


  10. Extremely delectable recipe....looks creamy and spicy....

  11. Looks so creamy n delicious...Excellent it!!

  12. Very tempting looking Paneer ....Happy to follow you too....

  13. It's finger licking delicious & tempting..

  14. Even if its not healthy for me I love these rich preparations, sinking my roti in this and relishing it.. so perfect :)

  15. Shahi Paneer is really very Shahi.. Happy to follow you.

  16. first time here. loved this shahi paneer. glad to follow you, do visit my space when you find time

  17. shahi paneer without chashew nuts.....????????

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  19. Hi! Your shahi paneer recipe was nominated as one of the "Best Shahi Paneer Recipes on the Net". To vote for it, please visit (your recipe is positioned at #9 - random order).


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