Friday, 20 April 2012

Shahi Paneer ~ Indian cottage cheese in a rich gravy

Made n Enjoyed
Hello readers
As my husband, Raj, celebrated his birthday recently I just had to make shahi paneer -a dish fit for a king :)
Shahi meaning " fit for an emperor " in Hindi... The shahi paneer recipe dates to the Moghal era. Shahi paneer is a sinful festive dish that is mild, creamy and rich in flavour.





You will need:-
  • 500 gms Paneer ( cubed )
  • 1 large onion
  • 200 g  tomatoe puree 
  • 50 g cashew nuts
  • 25 g raisins
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp kewra water
  • 100 ml cream
  • 7-8 saffron threads ( soak in 3-4 tbsp warm milk )
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • few pistachio nuts blanched and chopped for garnish
  • handful of fresh corinader chopped
  • 4-5 tbsp oil
  • pinch of kasoori methi

You will need :- Masala
  • 1 bayleaf ( dried )
  •  Seeds from 4-5 green cardamom
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 stick mace ( javantri )
  • 1 star Anise
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 3-4 dried red chillies
  • 5-6 black pepper

Method:-
Roast all the masala ingredients on a low heat. Let it cool then grind into a very fine powder.
Place paneer cubes in salted boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Soak cashew nuts and raisins in warm water.
Boil onion in small amount of water, let it cool and grind into a fine paste.
Remove paneer from water and pat dry with kitchen paper towel.
Grind cashew nuts and raisins into a fine paste adding little water.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and shallow fry paneer till light golden brown. Remove and leave it a side.
In the same oil fry the onion paste till pink, add ginger-garlic paste and cook further 3-4 minutes.
Now add turmeric powder with ground masala. Cook mixture on a low heat for 1-2 minutes.
Add tomato puree and kasoori methi, cook further 2-3 minutes.
Add cashew nuts and raisin paste with salt. Add paneer with half cup of warm water.
Let it cook till you can see oil on the surface.
Add cream and saffron milk. Mix well and cook 2-3 minutes. Turn of the heat, add kewra water. Garnish with chopped pistachio and coriander leaves.
Serve with roti , naan bread or paratha.




8 comments:

  1. Yummo !!! wow, what a tempting pic and I am salivating, love the pics and recipe both :)

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  2. Thanks Priya...that was fastest comment from you :))

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  3. looks really shahi jagruti :) super delicious!

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  4. Wow really nicely explained can't wait to make it......bhanu jani

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  5. Truly shahi!!!loved the creamy,rich and the flavourful shahi masala gravy,love the presentation too.

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  6. This looks really delicious. I have just made some fresh paneer so will try this dish soon.

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  7. Belated Happy birthday to your hubby, so queen made delicious shahi paneer for her king in their newly renovated palace? looks yum.

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