Shahi Paneer Masala

Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

This is a dish fit for the kings! Hence the name “Shahi Paneer Masala”. Rich & decadent, this vegetarian side dish made with the softest cottage cheese ever can brighten up any Indian-themed party! Or forget party, just make this to add zest to a boring day! πŸ™‚ That’s what I do anyway – when bored, chuck the regular food and go full on caloricious! (did I just invent the word “caloricious”? I think I did!! And Shahi Paneer Masala justifies the word perfectly! :D)

Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

I’ve made loads of side dishes with Paneer before. Paneer Pasanda, Kadai Paneer, Paneer Butter Masala, Mutter Paneer, Afgani Paneer etc. Being a vegetarian, Paneer is the most common ingredient used in place of many meat-rich side dishes. And hence, I’m always on the look out for new & innovative recipes using my favorite fresh cheese. When I came across this recipe in Tomato Blues, I knew I had to make it. And I’m pleased to add another fantastic Paneer side dish to my repertoire!

SHAHI PANEER MASALA RECIPE

Here’s what you need –

Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a pan with high sides. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, black cardamom (moti elaichi), cinnamon, green chilli.
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

SautΓ© (Fry) for 1-2 minutes until the onions start to turn pink
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Add in the cashew nuts. (break them roughly)
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Fry for a further 3-4 minutes till the onions turn slightly brown and cashews have some color on them
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Add the finely chopped tomatoes
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Cook (mix & stir occasionally) for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture is reduced to a mush and oil starts to come out from the sides of the onion-tomato mixture.
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Switch off the flame. Let it cool for about 5 minutes (or until you can handle the heat). Add the entire veggie mixture to a blender / grinder / food processor.
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Grind to a smooth paste
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

In the same pan, heat 2 Tablespoons of Oil and add the paste to the oil. (If there’s some paste in the blender that doesn’t come out, add some water to the blender, swirl it around and pour into the pan)
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Let it cook for 6-9 minutes on medium heat stirring frequently to avoid burning. Cook / Fry till the mixture reduces and turns a bit dry and oil starts coming out from the sides.
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Add all the spices : Red Chilli Powder, Garam Masala, Black Pepper Powder, Tomato Sauce, Salt and a pinch of sugar
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Mix well and cook on low for 2-3 minutes
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Add warm milk (or cream)
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Gently incorporate the milk into the paste to form a smooth gravy. Taste and adjust for seasoning
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Add the chopped up Paneer cubes.
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Mix well and let that simmer for 5-6 minutes
Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

Switch off, garnish with cilantro leaves & serve with any kind of bread or rice

Shahi Paneer Masala Recipe

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Shahi Paneer Masala
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Mughlai
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cups Paneer, cut into small cubes (cottage cheese)
  • 1 cup finely chopped Onions
  • 1 cup finely chopped Tomatoes
  • 3 finely chopped Green Chilli (use any chilli)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (small)
  • 1 teaspoon grated Ginger
  • 6 Cashew nuts (or blanched almonds)
  • 1 Black Cardamom (moti elaichi), broken to get the seeds out
  • a small stick of Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
  • a pinch of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato sauce (or 1 teaspoon tomato paste)
  • 1 cup WARM Milk (or cream) {*important - use fresh, warm milk}
  • Cilantro / Parsley / Coriander leaves for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a pan with high sides. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, black cardamom (moti elaichi), cinnamon, green chilli.
  2. SautΓ© (Fry) for 1-2 minutes until the onions start to turn pink
  3. Add in the cashew nuts. (break them roughly)
  4. Fry for a further 3-4 minutes till the onions turn slightly brown and cashews have some color on them
  5. Add the finely chopped tomatoes
  6. Cook (mix & stir occasionally) for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture is reduced to a mush and oil starts to come out from the sides of the onion-tomato mixture.
  7. Switch off the flame. Let it cool for about 5 minutes (or until you can handle the heat). Add the entire veggie mixture to a blender / grinder / food processor. Grind to a smooth paste
  8. In the same pan, heat 2 Tablespoons of Oil and add the paste to the oil. (If there's some paste in the blender that doesn't come out, add some water to the blender, swirl it around and pour into the pan)
  9. Let it cook for 6-9 minutes on medium heat stirring frequently to avoid burning. Cook / Fry till the mixture reduces and turns a bit dry and oil starts coming out from the sides.
  10. Add all the spices : Red Chilli Powder, Garam Masala, Tomato Suace, Black Pepper Powder, Salt and a pinch of sugar
  11. Mix well and cook on low for 2-3 minutes
  12. Add warm milk (or cream). Gently incorporate the milk into the paste to form a smooth gravy. Taste and adjust for seasoning
  13. Add the chopped up Paneer cubes. Mix well and let that simmer for 5-6 minutes
  14. Switch off, garnish with cilantro leaves & serve with any kind of bread or rice
Important Tip
  1. When you add milk to the mixture you may notice that it splits. To avoid splitting, use fresh milk. Make sure to use warm milk. Incorporate the milk in batches instead of all at once.

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21 Comment

  1. Rohit Nerurkar says: Reply

    Superb recipe.. I made it for diwali dinner for my family and they say that it is one of the best paneer dishes they ever tasted !

    1. Thank You πŸ™‚

  2. vikas says: Reply

    Shahi Paneer is always my favorite, but i never knows when to add milk or cream to gravy, thanks for it, now it helps me get more experiment with it.

  3. Maria Vincent says: Reply

    This was a tasty recipe, Just wanted to know if i can add fish or chicken instead of paneer.

    1. I’m sure you can. I have never tried it myself. I guess you’ll probably have to marinade and pre-cook the meat before you add to the gravy.

  4. narender says: Reply

    Very easy and moufh watering recepie

  5. pravin says: Reply

    i love punjabi dishes….thanks for sharing

  6. Sujoy Roy says: Reply

    Very detailed and looks tasty. Lovey Pictures too. I will definitely try it out and will share my experience with you. Need more such Mughlai Cuisine from you. Thanks.

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Looking forward to seeing your recreations!

  7. vinay sharma says: Reply

    very good site for food

  8. Abhilash says: Reply

    It was the first time, I decided to try a hand in cooking and I chose to make shahi paneer. I followed the instructions given as per your site and prepared my first dish. And the result was just awesome, it was prepared so well that everyone appreciated me at home. For an amateur like me it is the best cookery site. Awesome, keep it up and keep posting many new dishes site admin. Thanks.

    1. Thank You so much for the feedback! πŸ™‚ I’m no professional either.. just share my successful cooking experiments for people who love to cook & eat like me! πŸ˜€

  9. Shella says: Reply

    Totally agree. Such a dish is enough to add zing to your day. Lovely dish

  10. priya sivakumar says: Reply

    When the tomato sauce has to be added in the gravy?

    1. Hi Priya,

      You should add it along with the garam masala & other dry spice mix.. .Sorry, I had missed out writing the same in the recipe. Thanks for pointing out. I’ve updated the recipe!

      1. priya sivakumar says: Reply

        Thanks Kavitha.I tried it today and the end result was really superbb.
        And i also try homemade paneer from your site.Paneer was so soft than the
        store bought one.Thanks a lot friend.I am a new follower to your blog and i will follow you hereafter.Once again thank u.

        1. Oh, nice!!! πŸ™‚ You can share your pictures on my Facebook whenever you try my recipe! I would love to see your versions too!

          1. priya sivakumar says: Reply

            Sure.Very surprised to see your immediate reply.WoW.
            Thank you.

  11. sahil says: Reply

    its awsome…..

    1. Thank you, Sahil! πŸ™‚

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