Shahi Paneer

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Lately, life has become hectic as I am busy packing for our move next month. The funny part is that while I am trying to pack, my mind drifts towards the blog post and while I am in front of the computer, the thought of packing takes center stage….. 🙂

Even though I tried a lot of recipes from various sources, I wasn’t contented with any. So finally I decided to try it out my way, in the true spirit of experimentation. I was really happy with the result. Whoever tasted this dish ended up wiping their plate clean.. 🙂




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Shahi Paneer
Shahi Paneer is a side dish comprising of cottage cheese cubes cooked in a rich gravy. This dish goes well very any Indian Bread as well as Rice.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
  1. Roast the kasoori methi in a pan till it changes colour.
  2. Immediately transfer to a plate. Crush with your fingers to a powder. Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil/ghee in a pan and add the black and green cardamoms.
  4. When they start to splutter, add the chopped onions and saute till they turn translucent.
  5. Add the chopped ginger and chillies and saute for a while.
  6. Add the tomatoes and mix well.
  7. Cover and cook till tomatoes turn soft.
  8. Switch off the heat.
  9. When cool, grind the tomato-onion mixture to a fine paste.
  10. Grind the cashew nuts to a fine paste, adding water as required. Keep aside.
  11. Heat a pan and add a teaspoon of oil/ghee and add the chilli powder and stir for a few seconds.
  12. Add the ground tomato-onion mixture followed by cashew paste and stir well for a couple of minutes.
  13. Add the tomato sauce, salt and cream and mix well.
  14. Put in the paneer cubes and boil for 2 minutes.
  15. Add the crushed kasoori methi and mix well.
  16. If you want a thinner consistency, you may add milk or water as required. Bring to a boil.
  17. Switch off the heat and transfer to a serving platter.
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  1. anonymous says:

    i cant wait to make it……put more and more paneer recipes…i love it ..can you put some vegetarian dishes..its lent time

  2. Kunjumol says:

    The above told anonymous is none other than me…I made it was superb!!! As u have mentioned, it is the first time I am satisfied with a paneer dish. I have tried so many paneer dishes several times bcoz I love it…Usually Jbs dosent like paneer but yesterday he also said superb…Thank u!!!

  3. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Yes I had figured that it was you 🙂 Happy to know that you too liked it 🙂

  4. Annu Maria Mathew says:

    at what point shall we add the cashew paste chechi? i think its not mentioned in the recipie

  5. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Annu, I have mentioned, add ground pastes..which means the tomato onion mixture followed by cashew paste.. I guess I will mention them sepapratelt for clarity

  6. priyanka says:

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe….just made it for lunch…too good and it has that restaurant Paneer flavour.

  7. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Hey Priyanka..Happy to know that you too liked it 🙂

  8. Sweetchars says:

    I found this image of your recipe the best among all google shahi paneer images and I have cooked shahi paneer several times before but still that same restaurant taste never comes,,,,but I think this time am gng to make it as your recipe says…hoping to get satisfy this time ….such a nice post!

  9. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Thank you 🙂

  10. silby says:

    looks Good Mareena…..what about frying paneer?or no need? what is black cardamom???pls let me know.

  11. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Hi Silby,

    Frying paneer is optional. To make it even tastier, you can fry them in clarified butter/ Ghee. Please have a look at the Ingredients’ Gallery to see the picture of Black Cardamom. That should help you.

  12. silby says:

    Thank you Mareena .will try shahi paneer.. still i couldn;t find black cardamom.

  13. silby says:

    I just prepared shahi paneer.came out well.but i would like to have some more gravy.what i can ido?pls tell me.thanks a lot for the delecious receipe

  14. Mareena Jerrish says:

    you can add a bit more water and boil the gravy Silby

  15. silby says:

    Thank uuuuuuuu

  16. Mareena Jerrish says:

    You are welcome 🙂

  17. anonymous says:

    Can we use milk instead of cream?

  18. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Cream would give a better texture to it than milk..Never really tried with milk.. So am not sure

  19. P&J says:

    shahi paneer came out well.. thanks for da recipe 🙂

  20. stacey says:

    Hi Mareena! This recipe looks great! 😀
    I was wondering what kind of cream do you use? Can I use heavy or sour cream? or yogurt?
    Also, what types of green chiles do you use? Is bell or jalapeno ok?

    Thank you! 😀

  21. Mareena Jerrish says:

    I would suggest using heavy cream than sour cream.No yoghurt. Jalapenos will be a bit more hot/spicy. But I wouldnt recommend bell pepper though

  22. Ayesha Pandit says:

    Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipes. As i am in Pakistan, i really did not know how to make Shahi paneer etc. But this has made it easier,

  23. jyothi says:

    second time tried, again came out super duper, thanks mareena

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