This recipe is from Nita Mehta’s book Vegetarian Wonders.
Actually I am always on the look out for party menus ,recipes which are jhatpat but yet tasty .
Shahi Paneer fitted into this category
My party menu always has a paneer and a mushroom dish to compensate for the absence of Non veg dishes, because I am a pure vegetarian..
The recipe is hassle free, gravy is quick to make and also tasty. It can be made a day before, and paneer can be added before serving.Cream enhances the taste.
So heres the recipe for Shahi Paneer
INGREDIENTS – 250 gms Paneer cut into cut into pieces
For the gravy-
4 Tbsp oil or ghee ————– 1 tsp salt
1 onion chopped —————- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 ” ginger chopped ———– 1/2 tsp pepper
1 green chilli ——————- 1/2 tsp garam masala
5 big tomatoes chopped ——– 1/3 cup cream or milk
1 Tb sp tomato sauce ———- 2 moti elaichi crushed (big brown cardamom)
METHOD-Heat 2Tbsp ghee / oil. Add chopped onion , ginger, green chilli , and moti elaichi.
Add tomatoes cover and cook for 7-8 minutes, till tomatoes are pulpy.
Remove from fire and cool .
Grind to a puree by adding 1/2 cup water.
Strain the puree.Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a pan add the tomato puree.Add red chilli powder, garam masala,pepper powder and tomato sauce.
Cook till the gravy is quite thick..
Just before serving heat the gravy add the paneer pieces , also the cream/ milk. Cook for few minutes and serve. Garnish with some grated paneer.