shahi paneer recipe – how to make shahi paneer recipe

by dassana amit updated October 18, 2013

shahi paneer

shahi paneer – one of the popular paneer recipe and also requested by many readers. 

shahi means royal and as the name suggest this is a royal paneer dish. literally translated to royal cottage cheese. dry fruits, yogurt, saffron, whole spices and sometimes cream is added to make this dish royal and rich.

in this recipe, i have not used cream nor i have used butter or ghee. feel free to use cream or butter if you want them.

the shahi paneer gravy or sauce is onions-almonds-cashew-melon seeds based. so this is very rich with the dry fruits in there. plus there is also yogurt. the result is a creamy, aromatic, semi sweet gravy with soft paneer cubes.

shahi paneer recipe

i have not added tomatoes to this dish since i have used yogurt. but you can substitute yogurt with tomato puree in the same proportions as mentioned in the recipe and still make a delicious shahi paneer. if adding tomatoes, then do add cream as both tomatoes and cream really go well with each other.

note: vegans can make the same shahi paneer recipe with tofu and cashew yogurt. i won’t advise using soy or peanut yogurt for this dish as these will ruin the taste. if using cashew yogurt than you don’t need to add cashews while making the paste.

i have made a video of shahi paneer recipe – step by step pics with captions. so the step by step process can be seen in the video. there is no voice over as its raining so heavily and there will be a strong background noise. hence avoided the voice recording.

shahi paneer recipe video:

serve the shahi paneer with jeera rice or rotis, naan or phulkas.

if you are looking for more paneer recipes then do check palak paneer, kadai paneer, paneer butter masala, matar paneer and aloo paneer kofta.

shahi paneer recipe details below:

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shahi paneer - rich mughlai dish with cottage cheese.
Recipe type: main
Cuisine: indian, mughlai
Serves: 4
main ingredients:
  • 200 gms paneer
  • 1.5 cups strained stock (got from boiling the onions with dry fruits) + water or 1.5 cups water
  • ½ cup full fat fresh yogurt/curd, whisked till smooth
  • 1 or 2 tbsp full fat or 70-80% fat cream (optional) (amul cream which is available in india, can also be used)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala powder
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • a pinch of saffron, crushed
  • kewra essence/vetiver, a few drops, optional
  • salt and sugar as required
for the paste
  • 1 medium sized onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped cashews
  • 1 tbsp almonds
  • 1 tbsp magaz or melon seeds without the skin
  • 3-4 garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
whole spices or garam masala:
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 2-3 green cardamom
  • 1-2 black cardamom
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • ½ tsp shah jeera/caraway seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp oil or ghee or butter
  1. boil onions, cashews, almonds, magaz, ginger and garlic in 1.5 cups water for 8-10 minutes till the onions become soft.
  2. strain the stock and keep aside.
  3. make a paste of the onions and other ingredients, adding 1 or 2 tsp of the strained water.
  4. fry all the whole garam masala or whole spices mentioned in the list till they release their aroma in the oil.
  5. add the ground onion paste and saute till the oil starts to leave the sides of the paste.
  6. add the dry spice powders and stir.
  7. now add the whisked yogurt, stock+water, salt and sugar.
  8. stir well and simmer for 10-12 minutes or till the gravy thickens slightly on a low flame.
  9. if using cream, then whisk the cream till smooth and keep aside.
  10. add the cardamom powder and crushed saffron.
  11. stir and add the cubed paneer.
  12. if adding cream, you can add the cream with the paneer.
  13. simmer for 1-2 minutes till the paneer is cooked.
  14. add the kewra essence and stir - optional step
  15. garnish shahi paneer with some coriander leaves and serve the shahi paneer with jeera rice or rotis, naan or phulkas.

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Sudha April 22, 2014 1

Thanks for sharing the recipe , just wanted to know after adding the curd to the paste I observed the curd was broken any idea wat I missed?


dassana amit April 23, 2014 2

Sudha, the curd should be fresh and full fat. if the curd is low fat then it will split….. and if it is sour and not fresh then also it will split.


Namita Singh April 22, 2014 3



shahi paneer March 27, 2014 4

I will try to make this recipe because in family every member is like paneer. its very good recipe.


Nimmi March 7, 2014 5

Hi , want to try this recipe tomorrow but unfortunately I cannot find magaz anywhere here closeby. Planning to try some mushroom dishes along with this. Will let you know the feedback Thank you


dassana amit March 7, 2014 6

skip the magaz nimmi if you cannot get them. sure do give the feedback.


Mahantesh Torgal February 21, 2014 7

Nice recipe


Yash Agarwal January 29, 2014 8

I tried your recipe it worked out great everybody in the house liked it. Hats off to your work and your website is just awesome.


dassana amit January 29, 2014 9

thanks yash and also thanks for the suggestion.


j January 23, 2014 10

What is that chutney or side dish, so vibrant are those beets?


dassana amit January 23, 2014 11

this is beetroot salad.


Fullscooops January 7, 2014 12

Love this dish!


recipesask December 11, 2013 13

I really liked the recipe and the method as it is explained stepwise and in very simple manner. I made this recipe and really enjoyed it with my family. Thanks for posting it.


Astha October 24, 2013 14

Finally I made this shahi paneer with my own homemade paneer :) ..All thanks to your wonderful and detailed recipes .


dassana October 25, 2013 15

welcome astha.


niti October 5, 2013 16

Awesome recipes bt please tell me how to make stock…..and really wow kind recipes


dassana October 11, 2013 17

if you are referring to this shahi paneer recipe, then stock here is got from boiling the onions with dry fruits. please check the video to know how its done. otherwise stock is made with boiling veggies with water and then straining the water.


meenu arora August 16, 2013 18

Thanks so much for writing this blog .I tried ur butter panner Masala and it was awsome


dassana August 16, 2013 19

thanks meenu


saba August 7, 2013 20

Is it necessary to use melon seeds in shahi paneer? Dassana I really loved ur site n I even tried paneer tikka which really turned very yummy….


dassana August 7, 2013 21

hi saba, melon seeds does lend its faint unique taste and flavor. but if you don’t have, then just skip them. thanks dear.


Dr. Sankara Guha August 1, 2013 22

Dear Dassana, I’ve been a regular on your blog and tried quite a few of your recipes. All of them were good. Today I did the shahi paneer and it really came out well and was an instantaneous hit. Please continue your good work.


dassana August 3, 2013 23

thanks for the feedback dr sankara.


amina shaheer July 12, 2013 24

this paneer recipe is very delicious
my husband and my parents sister,brother impressed in my cooking.
thankssssssssssss……………………. a lot dasana….


dassana July 12, 2013 25

thats great to know amina. glad everyone liked the shahi paneer.


Rick smith July 12, 2013 26

Ms. Ushagnanarajah, you are an indian and what is the great thing about saying
” I like Indian food ” . Everyone likes indian food but it should come from any other country men.


ushagnanarajah June 23, 2013 27

i like indian food


indugetscooking June 20, 2013 28

The shahi paneer looks rich and creamy. Abosolutely yum!


Samrudhi June 19, 2013 29

Hi dassana,
I came across ur blog when i was searching for mix veg recipe n i love ur blog! I tried many of recipe such as paneer tikka, kadhai paneer, aaloo pakora, dum aaloo, dal fry, falooda etc. I liked ur how to make paneer at home recipe very much that i dnt buy paneer from shop now n just make it at home as it made out very well. Thanks for ur recipes n keep posting such delicious recipes! :-)


dassana June 20, 2013 30

thanks samrudhi. am so glad that all the recipes you have mentioned worked well for you. i do have many recipes in the drafts, so i post at least one recipe almost everyday. comments like yours keeps me motivated and encouraged. thanks once again.


Vimitha June 19, 2013 31

Thats a very rich gravy dear


Pavithra June 18, 2013 32

Wow, beautifully colored, perfectly textured, creamy, yummy and what not!!
Love it.
It is very nice of you to have come with the video version of the recipe! Kudos!
Good idea to add saffron.


Janani June 18, 2013 33

I made this recipe tasted awesome so good dear


Nupur June 18, 2013 34

You have nailed it with the perfect pictures again Dassana.. And i like the idea of adding stock with nuts, first time ever I have heard of it. Gotta try soon..


Rashida Shaikh June 18, 2013 35

Hello Dassana Ji,

I liked the new looks of your site, very peaceful. I feel like hang around here for more hours ;)
I like paneer almost in any form, this looks nice and If you don’t mind please do share the recipe of salad that you served along with Paneer…is that Onion & Beetroot???

Love & Hugs!


dassana June 19, 2013 36

thanks rashida. its onion and beetroot yogurt salad. i call it salad as i have added very little of the yogurt. basically raw onions, boiled beetroots, green chilies, coriander leaves, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and yogurt all mixed with each other. i have not taken pics, so wont be able to post the recipe.


Rashida Shaikh June 20, 2013 37


It sounds good, thanks.


aparna June 18, 2013 38

i tried low fat version of shahi paneer with ready made masala it was yummy ! But yours looking outstanding :) quiet heavy gravy :) lovely video presentation !