Shahi Paneer is a popular festive dish. The base of this dish is onion, almonds, cashew, poppy seeds, yogurt gravy. This dish is made without any cream. You can have it with rice, naan, chapati or paratha. Shahi means royaI. I made this dish on diwali and it was soon finished from the table.
250 grams cottage cheese/ paneer, cut into cubes
1/2 cup yogurt
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
pinch of saffron and sugar
1/2 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
1 bay leaf
1/2 inch cinnamon sticks
2 green cardamom
1 black cardamom
1 tsp cumin seeds or shahi jeera
1 tablespoon oil
To be boiled and made into paste
1-2 small onions, chopped
2 tbsp cashew nuts
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tbsp almonds
1 tbsp melon seeds
4 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger
Boil onions, cashews, poppy seeds, almonds, melon seeds, garlic and ginger for 10 mins. Drain the stock and keep aside.
Make it into a paste. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, green cardamom, black cardamom, cloves and cinnamon sticks.
Fry till they give a aromatic fragrance.
Add the ground paste and cook till it starts to leave the pan.
Now add coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala and mix well.
Add yogurt, sugar, salt , stock and some water. Cook till the gravy thickens.
Add cottage cheese and cook for few minutes till they get cooked.
Garnish with coriander and saffron.
Serve hot with naan, rice, chapati or paratha.
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