Easy Shahi Paneer Recipe

Make this creamy, rich, and flavorful shahi paneer at home in less than an hour!

shahi paneer
shahi paneer served with bhatura and raita

Easy Shahi Paneer Recipe

Course: MealsCuisine: Vegetarian, IndianDifficulty: Easy


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This restaurant-style shahi paneer is creamy, delicious, and packed with aromatic spices.


  • 2 Tbsp butter

  • 2 green cardamom pods (elaichi)

  • 1/2-inch cinnamon stick (dalchini)

  • 3-4 cloves (laung)

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds

  • 1 medium-size onion, roughly chopped

  • 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1/2-inch ginger, chopped

  • 1 medium green chilli, chopped

  • 8-10 cashew nuts, soaked in hot water for 15-20 minutes

  • 2 medium-size tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 tsp salt (or as per taste)

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 tsp red chilli powder

  • 1 tsp coriander powder

  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • 200g paneer cubes

  • 1/4 cup fresh cream

  • 1 tsp kasoori methi (fenugreek leaves), crushed


  • To a kadhai or pan on medium heat, add 1 Tbsp butter, cardamoms, cinnamon stick, cloves, cumin seeds, and coriander seeds, and saute for 2-3 mins.
  • Then add onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli, and soaked cashews. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomato, salt and turmeric; mix and saute for a minute. Now add ½ cup water; cover and cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft.
  • Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool off completely and then transfer to a blender or blend using an immersion blender to get a smooth paste.
  • To the same pan on medium heat, add 1 Tbsp butter and the puree. Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, and garam masala. Let it simmer on low, cover with a lid and cook for about 10 mins.
  • Add paneer cubes and fresh cream. Give a gentle stir, and cook for 5 mins, then add kasoori methi.
  • Transfer to a bowl and garnish with kasoori methi or fresh coriander leaves or a few spoons of fresh cream. Serve with naan, poori, or bhatura and raita on the side.

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