Shahi paneer


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How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 2-3

When it rains heavy during the rainy season we feel like having something new for a change and I tried out this Shahi Paneer recipe with simple ingredients with Roti. And Wow it really tasted great and I thought of sharing the same with you all and for that recipe using ghee or oil is your choice to make it.

What you need to have

1. Paneer cubes – 1 cup

2. Amul cream – 4-5 teaspoons

3. milk – 1/2 cup

4. Cooking oil – 1/2 cup (to fry paneer)

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAA pack of paneer cubes

Ingredients of wet masala & seasoning:

1. Green chili – 2-3

2. Ginger – 1/2 ” piece

3. Tomato chopped – 1/3 cup

4. Garlic – 2-3 pods

5. Onion chopped – 1 cup

6. Cashews – a few

7. Raisins – a handful

8. . Turmeric powder – 1/3 teaspoon

9. Chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon

10. Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon (home made)

11. White pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon (home made)

12. Salt – as per taste

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIngredients of wet masala                        KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAOther ingredients of the dish

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, peal and chop onions, chop tomatoes, peal garlic and keep it aside as shown in the above image.

2. Empty Paneer pack and immerse it in water for a while. Squeeze out the water and heat oil in a spatula and fry paneer cubes till light brown and keep it aside. Once done also fry raisins and half the quantity of cashews in oil and keep it aside.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAPaneer cubes being fried in oil

3. Grind chopped onion, tomato, garlic, ginger and 2-3 cashews  in the mixer to a fine consistency.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAGrind wet masala

4. Place a wide pan with 2-3 teaspoons of cooking oil /ghee in it. On heating add the grind masala and salt to it and fry till it starts releasing oil. Give a stir and on simmering the flame add all powders and stir. Add milk to it and bring it to a boil till it turns thick.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAll powders being added to the fried masala

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMilk being added to the masala

5. Add fried raisins, cashews(half the quantity) to it and also add milk cream and fried paneer cubes from step-2 to it.  Bring it to boil on simmering the flame checking for salt.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFried panner cubes and milk cream being added

6. Transfer it to a serving bowl garnishing with remaining dry fruits, cilantro and enjoy with Chapati or Roti!

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAReady to serve shahi paneer

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA                                      Shahi paneer with chapati

Good to remember: 1. One can use ghee in place of oil. I prefer cooking oil since I do not want the dish to be rich.

2. I use a few cashews in grinding to make the gravy tastier and to thicken as well.

3. I have used Amul fresh cream (low fat cream) which one may replace by home made cream if available.

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6 thoughts on “Shahi paneer

  1. Wow…. this Shahi Paneer is looking so delicious :)
    One thing I want to confirm that though you have used garam masala but I am not finding use of any whole spices there in. I have seen few recipes of Shahi Paneer do involve whole spices used in freshly ground form. Do you feel addition of whole spices is right or it should be skipped for authentic Shahi Paneer.

    • Hi Shobhnaa,

      This is my version of the dish. I prepared it a couple of times at home and this suited our taste buds and one more thing is using of whole spices for this recipe according to me i thought was not a must and the garam masala powder which i have used is home made and strong enough for the wonderful aroma.I have also put up recipe of garam masala powder too on my blog and the link is http://cuisineindia.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/garam-masalahome

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