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Shahi Paneer

  • Veg
  • 50 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy



Shahi paneer is simply translates to a royal dish made of paneer. It is basically cubes of cottage cheese cooked in a spicy gravy of onion, tomatoes, and cream.However, no amount of description can capture the taste of this delicacy when it’s served piping hot with butter naan!

Okay, so you’re ready to make it for yourself. Great! It’s time to gather the ingredients, but before we begin, it’s important to understand that the shahi paneer’s popularity throughout the Indian subcontinent, is mostly due to the use of spices. The secret ingredient that makes this dish truly shahi (royal) is cashew nuts!

Health Benefits

A serving of Shahi Paneer is about 370 calories, containing 36 g total fat and 46 mg Cholesterol. The dish is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, calcium, and protein. Shahi paneer is an ideal energy source and promotes healthy bones and teeth due to its high calcium content.

Preparing the shahi paneer with lesser cream and fats will reduce body weight since it is a high protein source. Paneer is known to be beneficial for heart ailments, to reduce the risks of various types of cancer and control blood pressure. Shahi paneer promotes good nutrition in growing kids, being rich in vitamins, calcium, minerals, and phosphorus.

Insulated airtight containers will keep your shahi paneer piping hot and fresh, the way it’s meant to be so you can have a hearty meal away from home, wherever you are.

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How to make Shahi Paneer

  1. Heat the oil in a pan.
  2. Add chopped onions and cashew nuts and sauté lightly.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Add red chili, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and salt to taste.
  5. Transfer the mixture into a jar to cool, then grind it into a paste with a little water.
  6. Melt butter in a heated kadhai and sauté the mixture.
  7. Cover and cook for at least 10 minutes.
  8. Mix the cream into the gravy.
  9. Add paneer cubes, kasoori methi powder, garam masala powder, and green cardamom powder and cook for a few minutes.
  10. Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with fresh cream. 

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There’s a subtle difference between shahi paneer and paneer butter masala. What is it, exactly? The latter contains more whole spices while our star shahi paneer is characterized by its sweet taste.

The shahi paneer is most commonly enjoyed with flavoured rice or Indian bread, typically the butter naan. You’ll find it on almost every restaurant menu across the length and breadth of India.

The cream is added to make the dish royal and rich. Vegans can adapt this recipe to include almond yogurt and tofu. Shahi paneer is believed to be a Mughlai delicacy and is prepared and relished far and wide. Many believe that this dish was created by the royal chefs of the Mughal emperors.

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