19 November 2011

Shahi Paneer / Cottage Cheese in an Exotic Gravy

Shahi Paneer - the name itself suggests its a Royal curry with cottage cheese. It is one of the famous North Indian gravy which is usually had with naan or roti. 'Shahi' seems to be the Indo - Persian name for Royal which denotes that this curry is of Mughal origin in India.

Paneer is cooked in a spicy creamy sauce.The spices that go into the gravy makes it tongue tickling. It is a main course vegetarian gravy dish.



INGREDIENTS
Paneer - 500 gms
Clove - 6
Bay Leaves - 2
Cinnamon - 3   1'' sticks
Green Cardamoms - 6
Onion Paste - 1 cup
Ginger Paste - 2 tbsp
Garlic Paste - 2 tbsp
Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric- 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder- 1 tsp
Cashew Paste - 2 tbsp
Yoghurt - 1 1/4 cup
Warm water - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 2 tsp
Cream - 1/2 cup
Garam Masala - 1tsp
Green Cardomom Powder - 1/2 tsp
Saffron - a few strands dissolved in 1 tbsp milk
Coriander Leaves- 1 tbsp
Red Colour - 2 drops
Oil - 5 tbsp
Salt - to taste





METHOD

  • Heat oil in a pan; add cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and green cardamoms.
  • Saute on medium heat. When they begin to crackle add onion paste. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the ginger, garlic paste, red chlly powder, turmeric, cashew paste, red colour and salt.
  • Add yoghurt, warm water and sugar. Bring it to a slow boil and simmer till the oil separates.
  • Remove the whole spices.Cool and blend in a mixer.
  •  Reheat, stir in the cream, garam masala, cardamom powder and saffron mixture.
  • Add paneer and cook on low for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with Naan/ Roti/ any Indian Bread.


Tips:
I have halved the paneer because I wanted more gravy. If you like it thick then use 1 kg paneer.

20 comments:

  1. Really thick, creamy and delicious. Looks absolutely yum yum.

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  2. Lovely clicks...looks so delicious!

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  3. Delicious shahi paneer with rich gravy,looks very tempting.

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  4. beautiful nd colourful..yummy paneer chechy.

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  5. Rich and delicious recipe. looks absolutely perfect.. nice presentation too !!
    Indian Cuisine

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  6. Creamy and delicious recipe.. looks absolutely inviting !!

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  7. Creamy yummy paneer....Lovely presentation...

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  8. Its a versatile one, gravy looks fabulous n luv the presentation in a cute pot...

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  9. Rich and delicious..looks divine

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  10. creamy, flavourful and delicious paneer... wow.. awesome clicks..

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  11. Creamy & exotic indeed!!! Fab, mouthwatering, royal curry!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  12. This is my favourtie paneer curry. Bookmarking this.

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  13. the name wanted me to try this out but the list of ingredients had me wondering if i can manage it tomorrow morning without any start up today. Closer reading shows it will be managed. Thanks Will use this to make my lunch tomorrow. Can I use this post?

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    Really a tempting preparation

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