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. 

Ingredients: 
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)

Method: 

  • 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!!
Shweta

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33 comments:

  1. Mmmhhh, that dish looks so good!

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  2. this is my kids favourite.. looks soooo yummy!
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  3. wow... paneer gravy truly looks shahi!! creamy and delicious :)

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

    Today's recipe:
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  5. OMG ! Mouth watering here...
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  6. this same recipie is written on MDH SHAHI PANEER MASALA.... what's ne in this?

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

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  7. this looks so tempting ...nice color

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  8. Droolworthy,irresistible and rich looking shahi paneer.

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

    Mina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  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 http://easyindianrecipes.org/side-dish-recipes/best-shahi-paneer-recipes-on-the-net-vote-for-your-favorite/ (your recipe is positioned at #9 - random order).

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