shahi paneer recipe
Recipe type: Curries
shahi paneer – rich mughlai dish with cottage cheese.
- main ingredients:
- 200 gms paneer
- 1.5 cups strained stock (got from boiling the onions with dry fruits) + water or 1.5 cups water
- ½ cup full fat fresh yogurt/curd, whisked till smooth
- 1 or 2 tbsp full fat or 70-80% fat cream (optional) (amul cream which is available in india, can also be used)
- 1 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp garam masala powder
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
- a pinch of saffron, crushed
- kewra essence/vetiver, a few drops, optional
- salt and sugar as required
- for the paste
- 1 medium sized onion, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped cashews
- 1 tbsp almonds
- 1 tbsp magaz or melon seeds without the skin
- 3-4 garlic, chopped
- 1 inch ginger, chopped
- whole spices or garam masala:
- 1 bay leaf
- 2-3 cloves
- 2-3 green cardamom
- 1-2 black cardamom
- 1 inch cinnamon
- ½ tsp shah jeera/caraway seeds
- 2-3 tbsp oil or ghee or butter
- boil onions, cashews, almonds, magaz, ginger and garlic in 1.5 cups water for 8-10 minutes till the onions become soft.
- strain the stock and keep aside.
- make a paste of the onions and other ingredients, adding 1 or 2 tsp of the strained water.
- fry all the whole garam masala or whole spices mentioned in the list till they release their aroma in the oil.
- add the ground onion paste and saute till the oil starts to leave the sides of the paste.
- add the dry spice powders and stir.
- now add the whisked yogurt, stock+water, salt and sugar.
- stir well and simmer for 10-12 minutes or till the gravy thickens slightly on a low flame.
- if using cream, then whisk the cream till smooth and keep aside.
- add the cardamom powder and crushed saffron.
- stir and add the cubed paneer.
- if adding cream, you can add the cream with the paneer.
- simmer for 1-2 minutes till the paneer is cooked.
- add the kewra essence and stir – optional step
- garnish shahi paneer with some coriander leaves and serve the shahi paneer with jeera rice or rotis, naan or phulkas.