Thursday, 3 April 2014

Shahi Paneer

I can't believe I've been two weeks away from you readers!


Two weeks have gone by so quickly, with my dissertation and all, that I barely had the time to even think about eating! Let alone cooking!


Totally sorry about that!


So, here I am today with an Indian recipe! You already know it, right?
Yes!
It's from my fasting days! (And guess what, I am in a new fasting period!)


Bet many of you can relate to me, eh!?


Shahi Paneer is an Indian classic - Shahi means Royal and Paneer is Cottage Cheese!
The name says it all, it's a Royal Paneer Dish!


The gravy is thick, smooth, spicy and creamy! Indeed rich enough that I always ask for more!!
It is best eaten with naan, roti and chapati!
But this dish is so flavoursome, that you can pair it with plain rice and still enjoy all the goodness!


Be a King or a Queen today and treat your family with this Royal Dish -
Shahi Paneer is an Exquisitely Rich, Creamy and Spicy gravy with Indian Cottage Cheese!

Com'on be a King/Queen today!

Equipment:
  • Stove/Pan
  • Grinder
  • Measuring Spoons and Cups

Ingredients:
  • 200g of Paneer, cubed
  • 10 Cashew Nuts
  • 2 Tbsp of Water
  • 1 Tsp of Oil
  • 1 Tbsp of Ghee
  • 1/2 Tsp of Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Tsp of Garlic Paste
  • 1/4 Tsp of Ginger Paste
  • 4 Tbsp (¼ Cup) of Tomato Purée
  • Pinch of salt, adjust to taste
  • 1 Green Chili
  • 2 Tsp of Coriander Powder
  • Pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1/2 Tsp of Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp of Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp of Cayenne Pepper/ Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Small Tin of Nestlé Cream
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 3/4 Tsp of Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Tsp of Sugar (Optional)
  • Chopped Coriander to Garnish




Method:
  • Place the cashew nuts with the 2 Tbsp of water, in a grinder and process until a smooth paste is obtained. Set aside.
  • Toss in the oil and ghee in a pan set over medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot, add in the cumin seeds and bay leaf. Let cook until cumin seeds are fragrant and sizzle.
  • Add in the tomato purée, the garlic paste, ginger paste, green chilli and salt. Give it a quick mix and let cook until the tomato purée releases the oil.
  • Now, add the coriander powder, asafoetida, paprika, turmeric powder and the cayenne pepper. Combine well and let cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • At this point, throw in the cashew nut paste, the Nestlé Cream and the sugar. Stir to combine. Cook for a few minutes.
  • Then add the water, allow the mixture to simmer for some 5 minutes until it slightly thickens.
  • Finally toss in the garam masala, and the cubed paneer. Mix well to coat the paneer cubes evenly and let cook just 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro and serve with warm rice or naan!

Time to enjoy your Royal Treat!




Tips for Success!!
  • I've used ready-made paneer cubes, which were already fried, so if you are using homemade paneer, make sure you gently pan-fry them.
  • I've tried making Shahi Paneer for like, a decade now (what a joke!), no seriously, I've come to the conclusion that more than 10 cashew nuts, give the gravy a 'too-nutty' taste. So, 10 is just fine.
  • You can use any cream, but I've gotten into the habit of using Nestlé Cream and it works wonders in my Indian dishes.
  • Always add garam masala as the last ingredient in your gravies.
  • You can add a a few drops, 2-3, of lemon juice in the gravy, when it's done cooking. It helps in better food digestion!!
  • You can use tomatoes instead of the tomato purée, about 2 medium tomatoes.
  • The sugar is there to complement for the acidity of the tomatoes, so feel free to adjust to your taste.

14 comments:

  1. This looks very tasty and I like the added tips you included...very useful. I'm striving to try out new recipes this year so I'll be pinning this and adding to my list. Nice photos, as well! Enjoy your day. :)

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    1. Thank you Bernadyn! Im glad you liked the tips, and your comment only encourages me to further add tips onto my upcoming posts! Glad to receive your feedbacks, for pinning and for adding this recipe to your list! Much appreciated! Lovely day to you too :)

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  2. Shahi paneer really looks very royal!! Looking so delicious and rich.

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  3. Your click killing me....... Mouthwatering shahi paneer!!

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  4. absolutely yumm.. nice presentation..

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  5. All the best for ur dissertation work. Drooling over ur shahi paneer dear......absolutely fallen on it.........love it till the last lick.........yummmm and Love ur clicks and the style of presentation :)

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  6. I am just drooling at those pics... God!!

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  7. Wow I can feel the yummy-ness.. of shahi paneer............

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  8. Dissertation, no wonder you've been busy. Good luck!!!

    And the paneer looks and sounds delicious!

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  9. looks just like the one served in restaurants...so mouthwatering

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  10. panner dishes r every ones fav almost.it looks wonderful.

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