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shahi paneer recipe
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Shahi paneer Recipe

Cottage cheese cooked in smooth and creamy tomato curry
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dinner Recipes, Festive Recipe, Main Course
Cuisine: Punjabi Cuisine
Keyword: cottage cheese, no onion and garlic, paneer curry, paneer recipe, shahi paneer
Servings: 5 person
Author: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • 500 gm Cottage cheese / Paneer
  • 1/3 cup Cashew pieces/ Kaju Tukda
  • 500 gms Tomatoes / Tamatar
  • 3/4 cup Bottle Gourd / Lauki grated
  • 175 ml fresh cream check notes
  • 1 tbsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • to taste salt
  • 1 tbsp Ginger / Adrak grated
  • 1/3 tsp Cardamom Powder / Elaichi Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 tbsp Sugar / Chini
  • 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek / Kasoori Methi

tempering/ tadka

  • 2 tbsp Ghee or oil-1 t.s
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds / Sabut Jeera
  • 2 Bayleaves/ Tejpatta
  • 1 Black Cardamom / Badi Elaichi
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon /daalchini
  • 3 Cloves / Lavang


  • Cut paneer into medium thick pieces and dip in lukeworm water and keep aside
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee in a pan and add cumin ,grated ginger ,and the whole spices
  • When seeds start crackling add the cashew pieces and the grated bottle gourd and saute .
  • Cover the pan and simmer till bottle gourd become soft.
  • Now add the chopped tomatoes and salt, cover and cook till tomatoes become soft.
  • Remove the whole spices from the cooked tomatoes and let the mixture come to room temperature.
  • Grind the mixture to make a smooth puree and then strain it through a sieve
  • Heat 3 tbsp ghee or butter in a pan and add 1 tbsp kashmiri chili powder and then add the tomato puree.
  • Cook for a minute then add 3 tbsp whisked curd and stir to mix.
  • After a minute add 1/4 cup fresh fenugreek or 1 tbsp kasoori methi , 1 tsp red chili powder and cover and simmer for a minute.
  • Add 1 tbsp sugar and 3/4 cup fresh cream , 1/3 tsp cardamom powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala and mix well.
  • Now add paneer pieces in the curry and mix well. cover the pan and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with some kasoori methi and delicious creamy Shahi paneer is ready to serve.
  • Enjoy it with paratha, naan or jeera rice


You can either use 175 ml evaporated milk or fresh cream or 1/2 cup beaten malai