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
- 2 chopped or sliced almonds
- 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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