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Shahi Paneer: ( Hotel Style ) / Happy Holi..!!

6 Mar 2012

Shahi Paneer: 

Shahi Paneer is a  spicy  Paneer  dish..!

 It is undoubtedly one of the most popular dish liked by all and is available in almost all the Indian hotels and restaurants. 

It is considered to be a mainstay dish especially in North India. Shahi which means “Royal” and  Paneer  when translated is  “ Cottage Cheese”  gives  Shahi  Paneer  a  royal  feel  to  it..!

I love to cook this curry coz its very easy & tasty to prepare. In this  flavorful vegetarian recipe, paneer is cooked in rich gravy with tomatoes, butter and cream. Its bound to be heavenly with a combination of any Indian bread / Naan. 

So here's the recipe for Paneer in Creamy Gravy sauce  in typical hotel style of cooking..:)


  • Paneer                          - 250 g
  • Butter                           - 1tbsp
  • Ginger                          - 2 inch piece
  • Garlic                            - 4 cloves
  • Turmeric pwd                - ½ tsp
  • Broken cashewnuts        - 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Red chilly pwd              - 1 ½ tsp
  • Onion chopped             - 1 cup
  • Paprika pwd                  - ¼ tsp
  • Shahi Paneer Masala     - ½ tsp
  • Nutmeg pwd                 - ¼ tsp
  • Cardamom pwd             - ¼ tsp
  • Ripe big tomatoes         - 2
  • Brown sugar                  - 1 tbsp
  • Kasoori methi                - 1 tbsp
  • Fresh cream                  - ¼ cup
  • Oil to shallow fry
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Melt butter in a non stick pan.
  2. Add finely chopped ginger and garlic pieces.
  3. Saute for a minute.
  4. Add turmeric pwd, broken cashew nuts, red chilly pwd and  finely chopped onion.
  5. Cook all these ingredients in medium low flame very well.
  6. While onion is cooking, slice paneer to desired shape.
  7. Heat little amount of oil in a fry pan and shallow fry paneer to golden.

  1. Drain and reserve.
  2. Now add paprika pwd to the masala (optional, it gives nice flavor & color ) , shahi paneer masala ( or garam masala ) , freshly ground nutmeg pwd and cardamom pwd
  3. Stir well again and cook till onion and everything gets tender.
  4. Add little water and turn off the flame.
  5. Allow to cool and grind it to smooth paste.
  6. Pour the ground paste in non stick pan and give a quick stir.
  7. Mash the ripe tomatoes and make a puree of it.
  8. Add this to the masala paste and combine well.
  9. Add little water and bring it to boil.
  10. Give a good stir &  add  brown sugar (optional )  and kasoori methi ( dry fenugreek leaves).

  1. Now add heavy whipping cream. This makes the curry very gravy, rich & smooth.

  1. Add salt to taste.

  1. Then add shallow fried paneer and mix well.

  1. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  2. Aromatic, rich creamy shahi paneer is ready in no time.

  1. Serve hot with naan, roti , paratha, or even with rice it goes very well.

Similar Recipes

·       Yummy Finger Paneer
·       Paneer Butter Masala
·       Schezwan Paneer
·       Mutter Paneer
·       Kadai Paneer
·       Paneer Bhurji  &  Chilly Paneer Dry

Taking A Short Break !!!

Hello Friends,  I’m gonna take a short break from blogging.. I’ll be back soon and join you all..!

I want to say thank you for your continued support ..:-) 

And wishing you a very happy and  wonderful Holi..!

Let this festival burn all negativity and bring positivity in life..!!

Celebrate with vibrant colors..

Happy Holi..:)

See ya soon…

Signing off ( temporarily)


83 Yummy Comments:

Prathibha said...

Looks truly restaurant style..yummm

Meena said...

arre u taking a break. do come back soon jay.. and i always love this gravy. this dish looks so yummy..

happy holi to you too and to everyone

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow looks so creamy and yummy

Absolutely tempting. Take a break and come back soon Jay.

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luks super yummmmm!!!simply delicious!

Hema said...

Drooling over the pictures, so rich and yummy gravy..

sojo said...

looks rich... my favourite too

Tina said...

Sooo colourful, creamy and delicious..

Aarthi said...

i love this..yummy


your gravy looks delicious and as well exactly restaurant style.

Nisa Homey said...

Tempting shahi paneer and gravy looks awesome...would love to have it with tandoori roti...YUM!

faseela said...

awesome jay.....yummy shahi paneer

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Shahi paneer looks simply awesome and mouthwatering. Great preparation.

Hamaree Rasoi

Akila said...

What a yummy gravy.... really mouthwatering...


Suchi said...

Awesome gravy...love this dish...enjoy your break!

S.Menaga said...

such a creamy dish,always love it...enjoy ur break!!

restaurant style creamy shahi paneer awesome

love the texture of the curry !! awesome. Enjoy your break !!

maha said...

i luv paneer.this is just awesome.....perfectly done.......

Suja Manoj said...

Enjoy your break Jay..this is so tempting,had this for dinner yesterday,but can't help drooling at this one..perfect and creamy..

Srimathi said...

Looks delicious. A good post.

Jennifurla said...

I love the rich color, hard to resist.

Poonam Borkar said...

looks delicious..loved it!!

Sobha Shyam said...

so rich, creamy n delicious curry..Happy Holi :)

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Shobha said...

Happy Holi !
Enjoy ur break..the paneer curry really looks like the restaurant one.

Swarnavalli S said...

yummy shahi panneer..perfect with hot phulkas

anne said...

Looks scrumptious ! I just can imagine the taste ! Droolness !!! And I haven't make the roti yet tsk tsk :P

Rasi said...

love the triangle cuts of paneer.. dish look super creamy & nice :)

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Nish said...

Fantastic looking dish! I'm always looking for ways to cook paneer and this looks like it's a must try!

SouthIndianHome said...

Looks delicious and creamy...

This is one dish which I always order when Im eating out...this looks truly like a dhaba/ restaurant style ! Im trying this one really soon :)

Rekha shoban said...

gravy looks very thick and yummy! adding cream gives very rich taste!

simran said...

very rich....royal gravy.very tasty.

angsarap.net said...

I feel like I wanna dip some naan in that bowl

yum, that along with butter naan & i will be in heaven :)

Rashida shaikh said...

Seriously I'm feeling hungry…:D:D

Ganga Sreekanth said...

Looks really Yum! My all time favorite

Farah said...

looks sooo good jay! lovely work as usual!

wanna said...

Good idea, very tasty!

deeps recipes said...

Looks super delicious!!!!

Asha said...

Mouthwatering pics....

Sangeeta Madhav said...

This sounds pretty aunthentic and looks awesome:)

easyfoodsmith said...

A delicious post Jay! The curry looks so rich and creamy, just the way it should be. Great post!

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Gayathri Anand said...

Looks so creamy and yummy ...Enjoy your break and come back soon ..

Rachana said...

Enjoy your break and Wishing you a very happy holi!

Shahi paneer looks tempting.

Preethi Sriram said...

Looks so tempting and i'm trying this today :) sure will show you my update... have a great break dear.... expecting you back soon :) Happy colorful Holi

Sumi said...

Love the triangle shaped paneer. Great recipe. Bookmarked.

Nagashree said...

Love the color of the gravy, gorgeous.

Enjoy your break Jay.

Javelin Warrior said...

Royal cottage cheese - what a great way to describe this! The color of the sauce is so bold... I'm looking forward to new posts when you get back :)

Alida said...

Very interesting! Love this recipe. I am trying to learn indian. Thanks for sharing it!

Sheoh Yan said...

Happy Holi to you too. You take care and enjoy your holiday.

love paneer...gravy looks creamy and delicious... enjoy your break. Happy holi to you too.

Zareena said...

mmmm... mouth watering and a perfect gravy with rotis.

Hello dearie...you never fail to impress with your creations. I'm so drooling at your dish now though I never eaten paneer ;)

Hope you return soon..take care dear! ;)

Kalyan P said...

just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

Women World said...

creamy and yummy recipe. Its mouth drooling.

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Jenn Kendall said...

wow, this looks delicious!

Maayeka said...

loved the smooth and creamy texture!!!great recipe dear..

Looks nice and creamy.
Enjoy your break!

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Magic of Spice said...

Oh goodness, that looks seriously delicious!

Really Creamy rich and truly a restaurant style Gravy Dear. Yumm!

Kitchen Riffs said...

One of my favorite dishes! And it looks exactly like I'd expect it to look. Good job - thanks.

Emily Malloy said...

Enjoy your break! See you soon!

kala said...

Veryyyy yummyyyy n enjoy ur breakkkk :)

Meena said...

hi jay i know you are on break. when u come bck do chek out ur award on my blog


Carmen Anderson said...

Looks absolutely beautiful and delicious! Look forward to trying it!

Pranjali said...

very delicious dish.
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the Junkie book said...

Enjoy your break while we enjoy your Shahi Paneer! Ty for this popular recipe!

Cathleen said...

This looks truly delicious! I don't think I could stop eating this, I need to make this soon!

Leena Guha Roy said...

wow nice paneer.. thanks for this recipe...

beti said...

I need to but Paneer, this looks delicious and quite different from what I'm used to

R.Ramakrishnan said...

The shahi paneer & parantha combination looks incredibly delicious !

Nic said...

Great looking dish with superb photos. Enjoy your break!

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bwl said...

deliciously delicious.....


hi Jay. how are you. i just started blogging again and you are taking a break> h aha..see you soon,
i can only feast my eyes on this delicious paneer, cos we dont have this ingredient.
have a great time

Yummy delicious Shahi Paneer Jay, just came in to check on you since I was not getting any updates :-) njoy ur Vacation, have fun. tc..

Dolly Sharma said...

Restaurant style indeed !!! Superb click..Ur Shai paneer looks so creamy and delicious. Enjoy ur break and see you soon with more delicious recipes.

Ola said...

looks really "Royal" - I love that! :)

wow! the gravy look delicious!!!

Jay said...

thanks for your wonderful comments & loving wishes.
I'm back from my short break with yummy recipes..:)

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