Shahi Paneer

Shahi Paneer

After a few Thanksgiving recipes, I back with a Royal and Rich India recipe – The Shahi Paneer. Shahi Paneer is a favorite roti/naan accompaniment from our Indian Subcontinent prepared with whole spices, nuts, paneer, cream, yogurt and with a hint of saffron. The word Shahi means Royal and now you why we use all those fancy and not-so-fancy ingredients. Check out the detailed post below.

My blog doesn’t need any intro to vaandu’s paneer love. I do make paneer often especially during weekdays, but somehow it doesn’t come to this blogging space. Shahi Paneer is one such recipe, and finally, I got a chance to post here.

Shahi Paneer is a mild and sweet gravy with a lovely golden color when compared to the other Paneer gravies like Paneer Butter Masala or Matar Paneer. My version is much sweeter and mild as I add cream as well as sugar. Wondering why? Just to make the kid, approve the recipe. I don’t include tomato as well as red chili powder, but I do add yogurt and green chili which helps me to get that beautiful golden color gravy.

Shahi Paneer

Doesn’t this gravy remind you of another royal recipe from my archives? Yes, it’s the Sultani Dal. Make a splendid menu with this Shahi Paneer, Sultani Dal, Saffron rice and paratha/kulcha. One more exciting recipe is coming up this week with this Shahi Paneer. Stay tuned.

Without any further ado, here is my version of Shahi Paneer. 

Shahi Paneer

Shahi Paneer is a favorite roti/naan accompaniment from our Indian Subcontinent prepared with whole spices, nuts, paneer, cream, yogurt and with a hint of saffron.

Shahi Paneer

Ingredients:

  • Chopped / Cubed Panner – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1
  • Green Chili – 2
  • Almonds – 10
  • Cashews – 10
  • Cream – 2 tbsp
  • Yogurt – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – 1.5 tsp
  • Sugar – 1.5  tsp
  • Butter – 1/2 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp
  • Shah Jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cloves – 2
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Saffron Strands – 1 pinch
  • Hot water – to soak paneer
  • Luke warm water – 3 tbsps for soaking saffron
  • Water – 1.5 cups
  • Kitchen King Masala – 1/2 tsp

Prep- Work:

  • Soak the almonds and cashews in water for at least 20 minutes.

  • Peel off the almond skin.
  • Chop the onion and slit the green chili.
  • Cut the paneer into small cubes and soak in hot water.

  • Soak the saffron in 3 tbsps of water.

Shahi Paste Preparation:

  • Heat a pan or kadai and add butter.
  • Once the butter melts, add the onion and green chili.

Shahi Paneer

  • Cook until the onion turns translucent.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Then grind this onion, green chili along with soaked nuts but adding 3 to 4 tbsps of water.

Shahi Paneer

Shahi Paneer Gravy Preparation:

  • Heat the pan/kadai and add the remaining butter.
  • Once it melts, add the shah jeera and whole spices (cardamom, cloves, Bay leaf and cinnamon)
  • Saute for a minute and then add the ground shahi paste.
  • Along with that add turmeric powder, coriander powder, and garam masala.

Shahi Paneer

 

  • Mix them thoroughly.
  • Then add salt and sugar and cook for a couple of minutes or until the butter separates. Make sure the paste doesn’t get burned.
  • Next, add the yogurt and mix well.

Shahi Paneer

  • Cook for two minutes and add two cups of water. I added the water that I used to rinse my mixer jar after grinding the shahi paste.

Shahi Paneer

  • Mix the gravy and let it simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Keep stirring for every one minute.
  • If you are soaking the paneer, drain the water and add it to the gravy. Also, add the saffron water and stir it.
  • When the gravy begins to boil, you can turn off the heat. Finally, add the cream and kitchen king masala.

  • Mix them and serve hot with naan/roti/kulcha.

Shahi Paneer

Notes:

  • Soaking the paneer in hot water and adding kitchen king masala, in the end, is entirely optional.
  • Adjust the sugar, salt, and spices as per your preference.
  • I went with two tbsps of yogurt, but you can increase it up to 1/3 to 1/2 cup too and not use the cream at all. Also, make sure the yogurt is not too sour.

Shahi Paneer

Shahi Paneer
Serves 4
Shahi Paneer is a favorite roti/naan accompaniment from our Indian Subcontinent prepared with whole spices, nuts, paneer, cream, yogurt and with a hint of saffron.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. Chopped / Cubed Panner - 1 cup
  2. Onion - 1
  3. Green Chili - 2
  4. Almonds - 10
  5. Cashews - 10
  6. Cream - 2 tbsp
  7. Yogurt - 2 tbsp
  8. Salt - 1.5 tsp
  9. Sugar - 1.5 tsp
  10. Butter - 1/2 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp
  11. Shah Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  12. Bay leaf - 1
  13. Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
  14. Cardamom - 2
  15. Cloves - 2
  16. Ginger Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
  17. Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
  18. Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
  19. Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  20. Saffron Strands - 1 pinch
  21. Hot water - to soak paneer
  22. Luke warm water - 3 tbsps for soaking saffron
  23. Water - 1.5 cups
  24. Kitchen King Masala - 1/2 tsp
Prep- Work
  1. Soak the almonds and cashews in water for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Peel off the almond skin.
  3. Chop the onion and slit the green chili.
  4. Cut the paneer into small cubes and soak in hot water.
  5. Soak the saffron in 3 tbsps of water.
Shahi Paste Preparation
  1. Heat a pan or kadai and add butter.
  2. Once the butter melts, add the onion and green chili.
  3. Cook until the onion turns translucent.
  4. Allow it to cool.
  5. Then grind this onion, green chili along with soaked nuts but adding 3 to 4 tbsps of water.
Shahi Paneer Gravy Preparation
  1. Heat the pan/kadai and add the remaining butter.
  2. Once it melts, add the shah jeera and whole spices (cardamom, cloves, Bay leaf and cinnamon)
  3. Saute for a minute and then add the ground shahi paste.
  4. Along with that add turmeric powder, coriander powder, and garam masala.
  5. Mix them thoroughly.
  6. Then add salt and sugar and cook for a couple of minutes or until the butter separates. Make sure the paste doesn't get burned.
  7. Next, add the yogurt and mix well.
  8. Cook for two minutes and add two cups of water. I added the water that I used to rinse my mixer jar after grinding the shahi paste.
  9. Mix the gravy and let it simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Keep stirring for every one minute.
  10. If you are soaking the paneer, drain the water and add it to the gravy. Also, add the saffron water and stir it.
  11. When the gravy begins to boil, you can turn off the heat. Finally, add the cream and kitchen king masala.
  12. Mix them and serve hot with naan/roti/kulcha.
Notes
  1. Soaking the paneer in hot water and adding kitchen king masala, in the end, is entirely optional.
  2. Adjust the sugar, salt, and spices as per your preference.
  3. I went with two tbsps of yogurt, but you can increase it up to 1/3 to 1/2 cup too and not use the cream at all. Also, make sure the yogurt is not too sour.
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