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*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.

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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
Author: Sarah Mirza


  • 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


  • 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.


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

Enjoy !



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