SHAHI PANEER

This Restaurant Style  Shahi Paneer is a delicious and rich creamy gravy made with cottage cheese. The creaminess comes from onions, nuts and curd. This is one of the popular and rich cottage cheese recipes from the Mughlai cuisine. Shahi means royal and as the name suggest this is a royal paneer dish. Literally translated to royal cottage cheese. Dry fruits, yogurt, saffron, whole spices and sometimes cream is added to make this dish royal and rich.

INGREDIANTS FOR 4 SERVINGS-

  • 500 gm paneer / Cottage Cheese

  • 1 inch ginger

  • 3 green cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon red chilli

  • 1 teaspoon ground spices powder

  • 1 1/2 cup tomato puree

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 cup almonds

  • 2 onion

  • 3 green chilli

  • 1/2 cup yogurt (curd)

  • 6 tablespoon ghee

  • 1 cup milk

  • salt as required

  • 1/2 cup cashews

FOR GARNISHING-

  • 1 handful coriander leaves

  • 2 tablespoon fresh cream

LET'S MAKE IT-

  • Step 1 Chop all the veggies and make almond-cashew paste

To prepare this creamy shahi paneer recipe, chop the onion, green chillies, tomatoes along with ginger and coriander leaves separately. Now in a bowl, add the curd and whisk it well. If you are in a jiffy you can use tomato puree instead of using chopped tomatoes. To make this recipe more delicious you can dry roast the species separately and then add it to the gravy, this will make your recipe more aromatic. Now, grind cashews and almonds separately using a little water and make cashew and almond paste. Keep them aside until required.

  • Step 2 Prepare onion-tomato gravy using curd

Next, put a pan on medium flame and heat 3 tablespoons of ghee in it. Add the chopped onions, ginger, green chillies along with green cardamoms for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the tomato puree and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes. Then, add the beaten curd and cook for another 5 minutes, and pour a cup of water in the pan and cook for a minute. When the gravy is cooked, let it cool at room temperature. When it's cool enough, add it to a mixer jar and blend till smooth and keep aside.

  • Step 3 Add paneer cubes in the gravy and cook for 3-5 minutes

Now, heat the remaining ghee in another pan and add the ground gravy in it along with red chilli powder, garam masala powder, cashew and almond paste along with salt. Bring it to a boil or till the gravy turns thickens and add the paneer cubes and milk in it. Cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. While the gravy is being cooked, cut the paneer in cubes and keep aside till required. Take two cubes and grate them for garnishing. Then garnish this delicious North Indian recipe with chopped coriander leaves and grated paneer. If you like it creamy you can add some fresh cream this will not only make your dish look scrumptious but at the same time it will add on to the taste. Serve hot with rice.

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