Shahi Paneer is a Mughlai dish which is delicious creamy onion based gravy made with dry nuts,kesar ,whole spices and paneer.  Shahi means royal ,as the name indicates , its a rich gravy from mughlai cuisine.

Shahi Paneer is very mild spice aromatic and flavourful gravy without addition of any tomatoes,sources says mughlai dishes doesn’t uses any tomatoes as tomatoes were not available during their rule in India. You get tanginess to the dish by adding yogurt , if you wish to add tomatoes you can skip yogurt and add tomatoes to get that tang.

shahi paneer

Shahi Paneer  is an creamy aromatic  semi sweet gravy busted with all flavours, you can serve this with Jeera Rice or  any kind of roti. I served it with lacha paratha as well as  Jeera rice, it tasted amazingly good with jeera rice when compared with Lacha Paratha.

Other savoury paneer recipes on blog are PalakPaneer , PaneerButterMasala ,Palak Paneer Bhurji,Paneer Kalimirch Tikka, PaneerTikka ,PalakPaneer Pulao  and PaneerPepper Dry.

shahi paneer
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Shahi Paneer Recipe | Rich Cottage Cheese Masala Recipe

It's a rich ,creamy , semi sweet and delicious gravy made with paneer , is from Mughlai  Cuisine.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Mughlai
Keyword: Paneer
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Muktha H S


  • 200 Grams Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Thick Curds
  • 1- 1.5 Cup Water
  • 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Medium size
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Redchilly powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 1/4 Tsp Salt or as required
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar optional
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee/Oil
  • 5 Saffron Strands Optional
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp Fresh Cream
  • 1 drop Kewra Water

Whole Spices

  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1" inch Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 1/2 Tsp Shahi Jeera / Black cumin seeds
  • 2 Green Cardamom / Chota Elachi
  • 2 Black Cardamom

Gravy Paste

  • 2 Tsp Clarified Butter/Ghee
  • 1 Cup Onions Cubed
  • 1 Green Chilly
  • 12 Whole Cashews
  • 10 Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Melon Seeds Optional
  • 2 Green Cardamom Seeds


  • Heat 2 tsp ghee in a pan ,add cardamom seeds,cashews ,almonds and melon saute for a minute,add green chilly and onions ,fry till onions turns transparent and looks golden in colour.
  • Allow it to cool,and make a fine paste using little water if required.
  • In the same pan, add paneer cubes and lightly toss it for a minute ,to get rid of that raw smell [This step is optional ,if you are ok with eating paneer cubes directly,no need to fry it]
  • Soak lightly fried paneer cubes into water for 10 minutes .[skip this step if you are not frying the Paneer]
  • Heat ghee in a pan,add all the whole spices and fry till you get nice aroma.
  • Prepare ginger garlic paste , add paste to ghee and fry well till raw smell goes off.
  • Add the prepared onion  and nuts paste and  saute .
  • Add all dry powder, turmeric,chili ,coriander and garam masala and mix well.
  • Add 1 cup of water and mix well.
  • Add smoothly whisked yogurt ,salt ,sugar,close lid and simmer it for about 15 -20 minutes,till gravy thickens to desired consistency.
  • Lastly add paneer cubes,saffron strands and fresh cream,mix well and continue to sim for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat,add 1-2 drops of kewra water.,mix well.
  • Garnish with some coriander leaves and serve hot with Jeera rice or tandoori roti.


1.Sauteing paneer slightly golden brown and adding it to buttermilk or water ,gives you a perfect smooth paneer cubes.This eliminates the raw smell of paneer and tastes good too,but its optional.
2. If you wish to add Tomatoes,skip yogurt and add tomato puree , cook till oil releases from corners and then add water .

Step By Step Directions nn making of Shahi Paneer

In a kadhai/pan/wok ,heat ghee add cardamom seeds,cashews ,badam and fry well.

Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer.

Add 1 green chilly and onions and fry till onions turns slightly brown.

Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Allow it to cool ,and  make a fine paste of it.Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

In the same pan,add paneer cubes and toss well. Add tossed paneer into water and keep aside for 10-15 minutes. After 10 minutes ,drain water and paneer cubes aside.

Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Heat 2 Tbsp of ghee,add all whole spices and fry well,till you get nice aroma.

Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Add the prepared ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell vanishes.Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Now add prepared masala paste and saute for a minute.Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Add red chilli , turmeric,coriander and garam masala powder and mix well.Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Mix water ,whisked yogurt and stir well.Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Add salt and sugar ,close the lid and simmer for 15 minutes.Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Now add paneer cubes,saffron strands mix well and continue to cook on simmer for 2-3 minutes.Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Add  fresh cream and mix well.Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Turn off the heat, also add kewra water / essence ,mix well. Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve.Shahi Paneer Recipe | how to make Shahi Paneer

Serve hot with jeera rice or roti.

Shahi Paneer

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