Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer

Shahi Paneer

Shahi paneer is one of the famous paneer recipe in India. Its major ingredients are Paneer, Tomato, Cream and Indian spices.

Ingredients – Interesting facts


  • Paneer is also known as Cottage cheese. But unlike other common cheese, it does not melt.
  • It can be made by curdling the milk with the help of lemon or vinegar and then draining the liquid.
  • Its texture ranges from soft and spongy to slightly firm and depends on for how long paneer is pressed after draining the liquid.
  • It is highly perishable product because of high moisture content.
  • It is an excellent source of protein. For vegetarians, it is a good alternative of meat products.

Cumin seeds

  • Cumin is believed to be originated from Egypt.
  • It is a drought-tolerant crop and grows in tropical regions.
  • Although it is called Cumin Seed, it is basically fruit of the cumin plant.
  • It is commonly known as Jeera in India.
  • Around 70% of the world’s cumin production is done in India.


  • Cardamom is also one of the world’s oldest spices – cultivated for more than 4000 years.
  • Cardamom is a universally popular spice.
  • Ancient people believed cardamom had supernatural powers and that it could drive out evil spirits.
  • According to Chinese tradition, drinking cardamom tea is the secret to long life.
  • There are two widely known form of Cardamom. They are the Black Cardamom and the Green Cardamom.


  • Ginger is a rhizome (an underground stem) and not a root.
  • India is the largest producer of Ginger.
  • In India, use of ginger in medicine goes back to ancient times.
  • Its generic name is “Zingiber”. It is derived from the Greek word “zingiberis”, which comes from the Sanskrit name of the spice, “singabera”.


  • The intense smell and pungent taste of garlic comes from the large quantity of sulphur in it.
  • It has a great importance in Ayurveda.
  • Garlic is one of the oldest food flavorings used in ancient times.
  • Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated crops.
  • National Garlic Day is celebrated on April 19th in USA.


  • The oldest know onion harvest dates back to around 5,000 BC, over 7,000 years ago!
  • The sulfuric compounds in onions cause is to cry when we chop them. Chilling it before cutting reduced this effect.
  • It was used by Athletes and soldiers in ancient civilizations as a source of power.
  • These are some of the oldest vegetables that were used by the first modern civilizations.


  • It is the state vegetable of New Jersey.
  • Its juice is state beverage of Ohio.
  • Tomato seedlings have been grown in space.
  • The world’s largest tomato tree was grown in the experimental greenhouse at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Tomatoes aren’t always red. They can be yellow, pink, purple, black and even white.
  • La Tomatina is an annual festival in Spain, where people throw tomatoes at each other.


  • Chillies are natural pain killers.
  • National Chili Day is celebrated in U.S. on 4th Thursday in February.
  • Birds are immune to hotness of Chillies.
  • Hottest part of Chilli are its interior veins, and not its seeds.


  • Salt is the most common ingredient in our kitchen.
  • It is present in each and every cell of our body.
  • Its Latin name is Sal from which the word “salary” is derived. It is believed that in the ancient times, the roman soldiers were paid in salt.
  • It is essential for life, but its excess intake poses health risk.


  • Kids’ sugar cravings are rooted in biology. Sugar is the only taste that humans are born craving.
  • It is used as a food preservative as well.
  • Natural source of sugar are sugarcane, fruits, honey, dates etc.
  • Initially, sugar was so rare and expensive only royalty could afford it—and in very small quantities at that.

Recipe Details

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 40 mins Servings: 4 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Masala Preparation



Masala Preparation

    • Put a pan on gas stove.
    • Add 1 tbsp butter.
    • Once butter melts, add the below mentioned ingredients:
      • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
      • Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
      • Clove – 4 nos
      • Green cardamom – 4 pods
      • Black cardamom – 1 pod
      • Ginger – 1 inch
      • Garlic – 8-10 cloves
    • Saute for 10-20 sec on low flame.
    • Now add the below mentioned ingredients:
      • Onion – 2 nos
      • Tomato – 4 nos
      • Green chilli – 2 no
      • Cashew nut – 12-15 nos
      • Salt – 1 tsp
      • Water – 1½ cup
    • Cook for 15-20 mins on low flame with lid covered.
    • Allow it to cool.
    • Blend and sieve it.
    • Masala is now ready.


    • Put a pan on tawa.
    • Add Oil – 2 tbsp.
    • Once heated, add the below mentioned ingredients:
      • Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tsp
      • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
      • Coriander powder – ½ tsp
      • Dry fenugreek leaves – 1 tsp
    • Saute on low flame for 10-15 sec.
    • Now add 250 gm paneer cubes.
    • Saute for 1-2 min on low flame.
    • Now add the prepared mixture.
    • Mix gently.
    • Add Water – ½ cup and Salt – ½ tsp (as per taste).
    • Cover the lid and cook on low flame for 10 minutes.
    • Now add Sugar – 1 tsp and Cream/malai – ¼ cup.
    • Mix well and further Cook for 5 minutes.

Shahi Paneer is ready

Recipe Video

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