Shahi paneer is one of the most popular paneer recipe ever. This is one of most ordered dish on Indian restaurant menu. Any party or special occasion Two of the most popular paneer recipes are undoubtedly paneer butter masala, and shahi paneer.
What is more delicious than Shahi Paneer with Butter Naan for dinner? If you have had a bad day or have guests coming over, the aroma of this delicious recipe will lift up the mood. It is my personal favourite and takes hardly 40 Mins to cook. As usual, I cooked this with easily available ingredients and spices, you really do not need any shahi paneer masala and it’s without garlic recipe.
Shahi Paneer is basically a Mughlai dish originated in the royal kitchen of the Mughals, hence the term ‘Shahi. It is a North Indian Delicacy, with a subtle sweet taste. Paneer is cooked in aromatic and mildly sweet smooth gravy. The thick smooth gravy is made with onion, cashew and curd. The creaminess comes from onions. It tastes amazing and is not heavy on the stomach because of the use of yogurt. This certainly one of the most popular Indian dinner recipes.
There is another Punjabi shahi paneer recipe in which tomatoes are used. But I feel that resembles more of a paneer butter masala, so cook this version which is delicately flavoured with spices and more aromatic.
I have already shared paneer butter masala recipe on my blog. When someone recently asked despite so many paneer recipes already on the blog why I have not shared restaurant style Shahi paneer recipe till now? The answer is very simple, in my mind, I already had the recipe on my blog.
The important thing here is ‘Mind’, I cook this recipe so often that mind tricked me into believing that I have already posted it. This is one of the most loved recipes at parties and dinner tables. If you allow me a humble brag, this is really one of best tasting shahi paneer recipe.
If you have ever got the chance to travel from Delhi to Chandigarh via Express Highway and stopped by Murthal to have their heavenly parathas and the luscious Shahi Paneer! You can not easily forget the taste. The gravy is thick and creamy with the soft texture cottage cheese. For me, the best part about any cuisine lies in its recipes. If you are like me and jump on the paneer dishes at the first chance then you will love Kadai Paneer, Palak Paneer, Matar Paneer. These recipes taste best with soft homemade cottage cheese. You can easily make paneer at home, here is how to make paneer.
Other than the taste, paneer nutritional value is substantial in vegetarian Indian diet! Yes, it is rich in proteins and nutrients, in fact, 100 gms of paneer provides 258 Calories 18.3 grams of protein and a good source of calcium. If you are following a ketogenic diet, Paneer is allowed in a keto diet. You can easily include it in your Indian vegetarian dinner recipes for veg keto option.
I love having my bowl of Shahi Paneer with Rumali Roti, Naan or Jeera Rice. This dish has won many hearts with its perfect creamy smooth gravy filled with a sweet undertone. Make this mouth-watering yet super easy Shahi Paneer recipe for weekends or even for weeknight Indian dinners.
Shahi Paneer Recipe Notes
- If you want a thick gravy, add more cream in it. I like the natural sweetness the magaj and cashew adds, you can add a teaspoon of sugar if you like.
- To make it richer and make the recipe tasty, add some almond paste in it. To make the almond paste first soak them overnight.
- As usual just like any other paneer curry recipe, you can substitute paneer with tofu.
Shahi Paneer Recipe Video
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 200 grams paneer/ Indian cottage cheese
- 2 medium size onion chopped
- 2 tablespoon melon seeds deseeded magaj
- 2 tablespoon cashew
- 1 tablespoon shahi jeera black cumin seeds
- 2 bay leaf tej patta
- 1 inch Cinnamon stick dal chini
- 2 Black cardamom badi Elaichi
- 1 green cardamom choti Elaichi
- ¼ tablespoon turmeric powder
- 2 tablespoon coriander powder
- 2 tablespoon salt
- ½ tablespoon chilli powder
- ¼ tablespoon black pepper powder
- 2 tablespoon yogurt curd
- 2 tablespoon Cream/ malai
- 6-7 strands saffron
- 1 pinch of kasuri methi
- 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder optional
In a pan add 250ml of water and add chopped onions, magaj and cashew. Bring it to boil and allow it to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Strain it and Let it cool. Reserve the liquid to add it to gravy later.
After cooling, grind the cooked onions, cashew and melon seeds into smooth paste.
To make shahi paneer gravy, In a pan melt the butter and the ghee.
Add bay leaf, green cardamom, cinnamon, black cardamom and shahi jeera.
Allow them to crackle and become fragrant. If you like to add ginger garlic paste you can add at this stage
Add in the ground onion and cashew paste.
Now on medium to slow heat cook this masala till it starts to leave the sides of pan.
Add-in turmeric powder, red chilli powder, black pepper powder and fry the masala for 2-3 minutes.
Add yogurt in the pan at this stage.
Cook the masala a little more till yogurt is well incorporated in the gravy. At this stage keep stirring it continuously otherwise yogurt may split while cooking.
Now add the liquid in which onions and cashew were boiled.
Add little more water to adjust the consistency of the gravy as per your preference.
Add salt as per your taste.
Bring the gravy to a boil. Add cream and malai and stir it till well incorporated.
Now add saffron strands and mix. Finish with very small quantity of kasuri methi and add paneer cubes.
Cook for 4-5minutes and your shahi paneer is ready.
Serve the shahi paneer either with jeera rice or butter Naan.