Shahi Paneer is a delicious North Indian curry made with paneer (cottage cheese) and tomato based gravy along with your choice of dried fruits. This shahi paneer recipe uses cashew nut based tomato gravy to bring in the rich texture and flavor.
Paneer 2 cups cubed (350g)
Cashew nuts 1/4 cup soaked in water, and then ground to a paste
Ghee (clarified butter ) or butter 1tbs
Zeera (Cumin seed) – 1 tsp
Finely chopped ginger -1 tbsp
2 medium Tomatoes, grated
Salt , to taste
Chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Plums 5-6 ( optional )
Raisins a handful ( optional )
Almonds & Cashew nuts – a handful ( optional)
Green chillies, slit 2
Water 3/4 cup
3 tbsp – Fresh Cream (I didn’t use)
Chopped coriander leaves, for garnish 1 tbsp
Heat the ghee or butter in a heavy based sauce pan and add the cumin seeds.
When the seeds begin to splutter, add the ginger and brown it very slightly and add the tomatoes and sauté over medium heat, till the fat separates.
Add the cashew nut paste and salt, chili powder and saute over low or medium heat, till the fat separates once again.
Add the green chillies and all plums and all the dried nuts if using and sauté till the green chillies start looking glossy.Add the water and bring to a boil, then simmer for 3-4minutes.
Add the paneer cubes, simmer till paneer gets soft .
Add cream and stir gently to combine everything, and let a boil come. Off flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
and serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.