Shahi Paneer can literally be translated to ‘Royal Paneer’. An indulgence that combines subtle flavours with creamy paneer, Shahi Paneer is the royalty of paneer dishes. The versatility of paneer is such that it becomes a humble bhurji and can also transform into a delectable dish such as Shahi Paneer. Often a regular on special occasions, this dish combines cashew nuts, yogurt, onions and cream to create a sublime bouquet of taste that leaves each palate mesmerized.
Adding paneer to your diet is of great value, especially if you are a vegetarian. It contains a fairly high level of fat and proteins as well as some minerals including calcium and phosphorus. It is also a good source of fat-soluble vitamins A and D. Superior nutritive value of paneer is attributed to the presence of whey proteins that are rich source of essential amino acid. All of this makes paneer an ideal food for all age groups. Shahi paneer is just the dish for your special feasts.
While many restaurants use tomatoes to create the gravy of Shahi Paneer, authentic Mughlai preparation contained locally available ingredients only. As most Mughlai dishes, Shahi Paneer also contains saffron, dry fruits and host of whole spices which add to the aroma of the dish.
If you are looking for an authentic version of this classic dish, here is a recipe from India’s Top Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 inch cinnamon
- 3-4 cloves
- 6-7 black peppercorns
- 1-2 green chilies, slit
- 1 cup onion puree
- 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
- ½ cup yogurt
- ¼ cup cashew paste
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 pinch saffron
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
- 1 tbsp fresh cream
- 1 cup paneer (cottage cheese)
- 1 tsp Tata Sampann Garam Masala
- In a pan, heat the oil. Add bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, green chilies, onion puree and ginger paste. Sautee for a minute.
- Add yogurt, cashew paste, water and salt. Mix well.
- In another pan, placed over heat, strain this mixture.
- Add saffron, cardamom powder, fresh cream and paneer.
- Add naturally rich Tata Sampann Garam Masala.
- Serve hot with naan or rotis.
Celebrate any occasion with this royal dish. Try this Shahi Paneer recipe and let us know your views in the comments below!
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