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Shahi Paneer

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


  • 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


  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. 


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