Shahi Paneer (Restuarant Style)

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This Shahi Paneer recipe tastes straight out of the restaurant, it’s wonderfully lusciously creamy, silky, mildly sweeter, bursting with flavours.This Going to be your New favourite at home because it’s GORGEOUSLY PERFECT with minimal effort!shahi paneer topped with fresh cream and dried fenugreek leaves served in a black bowl

What is shahi paneer?

Shahi means “Royal”. It is the preparation of paneer/cottage cheese in a thick cream&milk based gravy, originating from India. The taste and flavour of the shahi paneer are Rich and mildly sweeter.

 How to make Restaurant-style shahi paneer recipe?

  • Firstly  Saute all the whole spices, onion, tomato, garlic, in butter and grind to a smooth paste along with soaked cashews.
  •             Then, Saute the chilli powder in butter, mix in ground the onion-tomato paste and bring to boil.
  •             Add paneer pieces, milk and cream, cook till the paneer has softened. Sprinkle some crushed dried fenugreek leaves.

How do you make Shahi Paneer in Instant Pot?

  •  Turn instant pot on SAUTE mode, add butter, whole spices like cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, onion, tomato, garlic, ginger keep in simmer for 4 to 5 mins until the onions turn translucent. Cancel SAUTE. Bring down to room temperature, grind to smooth paste along with soaked cashews with water.
  •  Turn Instant pot on SAUTE mode, add butter, chilli powder, ground onion-tomato paste and simmer for 5 to 10 mins until the gravy boils. Then add paneer cubes, milk, cream. Cover with lid and simmer till the paneer has softened. Cancel SAUTE.
  • Open the lid, add 1 tbs of crushed fenugreek leaves.

Variations You can make:

  Shahi paneer with almonds: Soak 5 to 6 almonds along with cashews in a bowl of water. This makes the gravy super-rich and delicious.

Shahi paneer with capsicum: You can add capsicum along with paneer pieces and cook till the capsicum is slightly crunchy.

Shahi paneer with khoya: Khoya or mawa is the dried evaporated milk solids If you would like to add , mix 3 TBS of grated khoya once you add the onion-tomato paste and proceed with the method.

Shahi paneer with yoghurt: You can add 2 tbs of yoghurt in gravy once you saute onion-tomato masala.

 Shahi paneer without onion-garlic: You can skip onions & garlic for this recipe and proceed with the cooking. You can double the number of tomatoes and 1 tsp of sugar to control the sourness. This way we get yummy shahi paneer without onions &garlic.

 Vegan Shahi Paneer:  You can substitute Butter to Cashew butter & for dairy products we can substitute almond milk

How do you serve Shahi Paneer?

Serving Suggestion: You can serve shahi paneer with Naan bread, Roti, Pulao, Rice.

FAQ:

What is the best substitute for paneer?

You can substitute with Tofu,also known as bean curd.

Are cottage cheese and paneer are same?

Yes, they are same.

Where do I get Paneer? Or can I make it at home?

Yes, you can get paneer /cottage cheese from your local supermarket or your local Indian grocery store.

Also making paneer at home is so easy,

1. Bring milk to boil in a heavy bottom pot. When the milk comes to boil, pour 1 tbs of lemon juice or 1 tbs of curd or  1 tsp of vinegar. Immediately you can see the entire milk begins to curdle

2. Once, it starts to curdle, turn off the heat. Pour it in a thin cheesecloth lined over the colander and rinse in running water to remove the smell of the lemon juice.

3. Make a tight knot to a cheesecloth and squeeze more liquids. Place the muslin cloth on the plate with weight/heavy object on top. Let it sit for an hour.

4. Remove the muslin cloth, you get the thick creamy panner is ready!.

From 1 litre of full-fat milk ideally, you should get 100gms of paneer.

How to make Shahi Paneer with  Step By Step Pictures:

ingredients to make shahi paneer is displayed in small glass bowls
Ingredients to make Shahi paneer
Butter is being added in deep pan
Heat up some butter in a deep pan
Cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom are in a cooking pan
Add some spices like cardamon, cinnamon, pepper corns and saute for few seconds
onion, tomato and spices are being cooked in deep pan
Then add in diced tomatoes and onion
onion, tomato, ginger,garlic and spices are being cooked in deep pan
Add garlic and peeled garlic slices and saute in butter until the onions turns translucent
sauted onion-tomato mixture is being added in blender
Add the sauted onion-tomato to a blender
soaked cashews are being added to a blender
Pour in soaked cashews along with water
Ground onion masala is in blender
Grind to a very smooth paste and keep aside
Butter is being added to pan
Heat up butter in a deep pan
chili powder is added to butter in pan
Add in chilli powder over a low-medium heat
chili powder is being sauted in butter
Give a quick Stir for a seconds
ground masala is being added to pan
Pour in onion-tomato paste
shahi paneer gravy is stirred using ladle
Add salt and stir well
shahi paneer gravy comes to boil
Once the gravy boils
paneer slices are being added in gravy
gently drop in cubed paneer pieces
milk is being poured to the gravy
Pour in milk
pot is covered with lid
Cover and cook for 5mins in a medium heat
fresh cream is added to shahi paneer gravy
Add some fresh cream and quick stir
kasthuri methi is sprinkled over shahi paneer gravy
Turn off the heat, Finally, Crush and sprinkle some kasthuri methi leaves (dried fenugreek leaves)
ladle shows up cubed paneer slices from shahi paneer gravy in pan
Creamy shahi Paneer is Ready to be served

shahi paneer gravy topped with fresh cream and dried fenugreek leaves served in a black bowl with roti and butter aside.

Other Recipes you would like to try:

Kadai Paneer 

Tawa Paneer 

Paneer Butter Masala

Channa Masala

Black Chickpea Curry

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Shahi Paneer


  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup Cottage cheese/Paneer
  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tbs Fresh cream
  • 1 tsp Dried fenugreek leaves
  • 2 tsp Salt

To Saute and Grind:

  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 tbs Cashews (soaked in 1 cup of water)
  • 1 tsp Pepper corns-
  • 1 Cinnamon
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 5 pods Garlic

Instructions

  1. Soak cashews in water for 10 mins. 

To make Onion-tomato paste:

  1. 1.Heat up butter add cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns and sauce for few seconds. 
  2. Add diced onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and saute until onions turns translucent. Turn off the heat.
  3. Add to the blender and soaked cashews along with water and Grind to a smooth paste. 
  4. Onion-tomato paste is ready. Keep aside. 

To make shahi Paneer:

  1. Heat up butter, add chili powder, saute for few seconds over a low-medium heat.
  2. Add onion-tomato paste, salt and keep stirring for 3 to 4 mins until the gravy comes to boil. ( if the gravy has thicken up, add 1/2 cup of hot water)
  3. Add paneer pieces and milk.Gently give a stir. Cover and cook for 5 mins.
  4. Open the lid add in fresh cream and sprinkle some crushed fenugreek leaves.
  5. Shahi paneer is ready. 

Notes

Variations You can make:

1. Shahi paneer with almonds: Soak 5 to 6 almonds along with cashews in a bowl of water. This makes the gravy super-rich and delicious.

2. Shahi paneer with capsicum: You can add capsicum along with paneer pieces and cook till the capsicum is slightly crunchy.

3. Shahi paneer with khoya: Khoya or mawa is the dried evaporated milk solids If you would like to add , mix 3 TBS of grated khoya once you add the onion-tomato paste and proceed with the method.

4. Shahi paneer with yoghurt: You can add 2 tbs of yoghurt in gravy once you saute onion-tomato masala.

5. Shahi paneer without onion-garlic: You can skip onions & garlic for this recipe and proceed with the cooking. You can double the number of tomatoes and 1 tsp of sugar to control the sourness. This way we get yummy shahi paneer without onions &garlic.

6. Vegan Shahi Paneer:  You can substitute Butter to Cashew butter & for dairy products we can substitute almond milk

What Is The Best Substitute For Paneer?

You can substitute with Tofu,also known as bean curd.

  • Category: gravy veg
  • Cuisine: Indian

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3 Comments

  1. Tried Shahi paneer. Wow very rich n creamy… Awesome taste. Wonderful heavenly presentation niti…

    1. Nithya Narasimhan says:

      Hi Anni.
      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked it.

  2. Nice Work….Looks great…

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