Shahi Paneer Recipe

Shahi paneer recipe

Shahi paneer is a rich, delicious as well as indulgent delicacy, can be prepared easily at home without putting in much effort. The name itself suggests a royal background. Wherein the paneer or cottage cheese is cooked with great flavors. A very popular Indian vegetarian cuisine, introduced by the Mughals. Which tastes best when served with some flavored rice or naan. However can be served with any dish of your choice.


  • 200 grams paneer/cottage cheese cubes
  • 3 tablespoons white oil
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon kasuri methi
  • 2 tablespoons cream

For preparing the gravy

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 big cardamom
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 3 laungs
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 2 inches long
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sahi jeera
  • 1 onion roughly chopped, medium size
  • 2 tomatoes roughly chopped, medium size
  • 8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1-inch ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon corriander powder
  • 7 cashew nuts
  • 5 almonds
  • Salt to taste

For Garnishing

  • 2 chopped or sliced almonds


Shahi paneer recipe

  • Heat a pressure cooker. Add butter followed by black cardamom, green cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, and shahi jeera. Saute for few seconds. 
  • Add chopped onion, ginger, garlic, cashew nuts, almonds, chopped tomato, turmeric powder, kashmiri red chili powder, and salt. Saute for 2 minutes just to mix up the flavors. Add water. Cover and cook for 2 whistles over medium flame. Allow the cooker to release its pressure itself.
  • Transfer the pressure cooked masalas to a blending jar. Blend it to a smooth paste. Make sure you cool it down completely before blending it. Then strain 2 times with a colander to get a silky smooth paste. 
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add star anise and bay leaf. Add the masala paste. Add kasuri methi. Stir well. 
  • Add paneer cubes. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Check the seasoning. Add cream and turn off the flame.
  • Shahi paneer is ready to serve. Serve hot by garnishing with some sliced almonds.

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