*Shahi Paneer Makhni* (Better than any restaurant) Total time: 25 minutes!!!

Vaquas – Shahi Paneer Makhni or paneer butter masala is a well known dish in north Indian cuisine. Cubes of homemade or pre-packaged Indian cheese cubes  in tomato-cream sauce. Anybody who is familiar with north Indian cuisine can tell you it’s a dish that defines Indian cuisine. I came up with this recipe when I was really homesick living in Paris alone.

Everybody has a different way of making this dish. Some include frying the paneer and then mix it with the creamy tomato gravy. However, I don’t really care to fry my paneer, I just cut the paneer into little cubes and mix it with the gravy. When you mix the paneer with the gravy; the paneer soaks up all the flavor from the gravy making a well balanced in flavor overall.

 

I make this dish once a month or when we have guests over. it’s a hit! it hits the right spot at any party or when you want to have comfort food from India. It is such a flavorful dish. You can also pre-make the gravy and freeze it when you are ready to cook you can just heat it up on the stove and mix in the paneer and have it as a quick weeknight meal. You can cook rice along with it or have it with a Naan. I hope you give this recipe a try. we value honest feedback. Don’t forget to tag us on instagram if you happen to try our yummy recipes.


Shahi Paneer or Paneer Makhni

Shahi paneer is easy to make. It screams authenticity and rich flavors. it’s a fabulous vegetarian escape.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Shahi paneer

Ingredients

  • 1 cup paneer cubed
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 16 ounce sour cream
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • salt
  • a pinch of garam masala
  • 10 cashews
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1 tsp heavy whipping cream to garnish
  • 1 tbsp cilantro chopped to garnish
  • 1 tsp fenugreek leaves to garnish

Instructions

  • In a pan, bring the onion and water. Set aside for cool down.
  • After cool down, in a blender add in the onion mixture and cashews and blend them for a minute.
  • In a pan, heat butter, after the butter melts add in cinnamon stick, black peppercorns, whole cloves, cumin, green chili pepper, and green cardamom pods. Sauté on medium to low flame for 2 minutes.
  • Add the onion cashews mixture to the butter mixer in the pan.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and sauté everything for 1 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, red chilli powder, and salt and mix it for 2-4 minutes.
  • Add sour cream, yogurt, and honey and mix it for 1 minute.
  • Take out the cinnamon stick and throw it away.
  • Use a hand blender to blend everything into a smooth texture for 2 minutes (if you want a thinner gravy now it’s the time to add water if you need it)
  • Add in the garam masala.
  • Mix the paneer cubes in the pot and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with fenugreek leaves, cilantro, and heavy whipping cream.

Enjoy !

 

 

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