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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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Mughlai
Keyword Paneer
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 278kcal
Author Muktha H S


  • 200 Grams Cottage Cheese
  • ½ Cup Thick Curds
  • 1- 1.5 Cup Water
  • ½ inch Ginger
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Medium size
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Redchilly powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon Salt or as required
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar optional
  • 2 tablespoon Ghee/Oil
  • 5 Saffron Strands Optional
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoon Fresh Cream
  • 1 drop Kewra Water

Whole Spices

  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1" inch Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • ½ teaspoon Shahi Jeera / Black cumin seeds
  • 2 Green Cardamom / Chota Elachi
  • 2 Black Cardamom

Gravy Paste

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


  • Heat 2 teaspoon 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 .


Calories: 278kcal