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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Shahi Paneer: Cheese in a deliciously spicy tomato gravy.

In the Hindi tongue shahi means Royal and paneer means Cottage Cheese. Thus giving this thick, creamy, and spicy dish the wonderful name of Royal Cheese. It is primarily a punjabi dish most popular in the northern part of India.


  • 250 gms paneer
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of onion (cut into strips)
  • 1/2" piece of ginger (finely chopped)
  • 2-3 green chillies (finely chopped)
  • 2-3 cardamoms (crushed)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp tomato sauce
  • 3 tsp ghee or butter
  • Salt to taste


Chop paneer into 2" cubes. Heat half the ghee. Add onion, ginger, green chilli and cardamom. Fry for 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook for 7-8 minutes, covered. Add 1/2 cup water and cool.

Blend in a processor till smooth. Heat remaining ghee, add gravy and other ingredients except milk and paneer. Boil to get a very thick gravy.

Just before serving, heat gravy, add milk and paneer and boil for 3-4 minutes. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve with naan.

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