'Shahi Paneer' gravy is very rich and creamy and made with cottage cheese. It is a popular dish in most North Indian restaurants. This is also served on special occasions and celebrations. The word 'Shahi ' means royal and 'paneer' is cottage cheese. This recipe is said to be part of Mughal cuisine. It most probably derived its name for its rich ingredients like nuts, cream in it which befitted serving the royals.
Shahi Paneer gravy is delicious and aromatic gravy is flavorful with all the cream, milk, nuts, and saffron in it. It goes well with Rotis, naan, and rice. Paneer is usually loved by kids and this recipe is a nice change from the regular paneer dishes like butter paneer, palak paneer. When you are in a mood to indulge, do try this dish, you will absolutely love it. Please read on for the recipe.
Rich and delicious Paneer rightly named Shahi that exudes royalty
- 1 onion prefer white onion chopped into big pieces
- 8-10 almonds remove skin after boiling
- 8-10 cashews
- 3-4 big garlic pods
- 1 inch ginger
- 2 cups water
- 1 pinch saffron
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1 tsp sugar or to taste
- ½ cup yogurt whipped well
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp kashmiri chilly powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric reduce if you want a whitish look to the gravy
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
- ¼ tsp garam masala
- 1 bay leaf
- 2-3 cloves
- 2-3 green cardamoms
- 1 black cardamom
- 1 inch cinnamon
- ½ tsp shahi jeera
- 2 tbsp ghee or oil
- 2 - 3 cups paneer chopped ,cubed or cut into triangles
Boil all the ingredients mentioned in the to boil section for about 10 to 15 minutes until they are soft .
De-skin the almonds and strain the boiled contents into a bowl .Let it cool
Grind the contents to a fine paste
Heat oil or ghee and add the whole spices
Add the ground paste and cook until it leaves oil from the sides
Add the spiced powders ,salt and sugar
slowly add in the yogurt and stir continuously
Add milk or cream and incorporate well
Add paneer and mix well
Add crushed saffron strands
Simmer for a while .
Shahi paneer is ready to be enjoyed with white rice or rotis
If you enjoyed this dish, you may also love other paneer dishes that I posted Paneer Tikka Masala, Palak Paneer, and Paneer Butter Masala.
Looks so delicious! Love the flavors you have here, and the addition of cheese in it.
Thank you Ronit , yes the flavors of this dish are unique .
What a delicious curry! Rich & creamy shahi paneer is ideal for children's birthday parties.
Thank you Megala, absolutely kids love this dish!
Shahi Paneer is always a hit at parties. I love your step by step recipe!
Thank you Sandhya , yes it is liked by most people at get togethers .
It was perfect the first time. This is very really unique helpful information. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up.
Thank you so much for the kind comments!
Oh yum, Nisha!! I must admit, I'm a sucker for rich, creamy textures. I'm completely unfamiliar with Shahi Paneer until now. Is the cheese flavor very noticeable? Every now and then I definitely like a cheesy indulgence. 🙂
Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. I've shared it on Pinterest. ♥
Wonderful to know ! Yes this dish is rich and creamy .The cheese or paneer that is used in this dish has a very mild and milky flavor along with a a dense crumbly texture. It goes well with strong spicy flavors as well .Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and your wonderful comments.Appreciate it!