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 πŸ™‚


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.




  1. *clap clap* my adored thing to order out! I love husband is not a fan, but me, just give me this, and naan and navratan korma and I’m set…..thank you dear for your lovely version! I like having such variety when I have a dinner party too….it’s just such a hit with everyone…isn’t it?

    glad you’re back..

    Trupti even I like navratna korma naan and paneer. Perfect recipe for parties :)Try addng cashewnus too. Mommyof2 has suggested it to me . The dish will taste even better .

  2. loved it! gravy looks yummyliscious!! give me paneer any time of the day, or night for that matter πŸ™‚
    Out there you must get such exceptional quality paneer from the shop if you are in a rush, right? panir teblawar aslyas baki kahi khaichi jaroor nahi, kay mahantes?


    The gravy does taste nice. Now mommyof2 has given me the idea of adding cashewnuts. This will make it better .
    Here we get paneer at vegetable vendors too .True, paneer astana kashachich jaroor naste bas naan ani paneer πŸ™‚

  3. One of my friend is coming to visit in few days and paneer is her favorite. I was thinking of making the same:-) Looks really good. try to add few cashews next time and you will get very rich gravy:-)

    Hi Mommy of2,I liked the idea of adding cashewnuts. Will certainly do it next time. The whole dish will taste richer and better.Thanks for visiting my blog πŸ™‚

  4. Gorgeous!!!! I like nita mehtas recipes πŸ™‚

    Its fantastic for a dinner party….. quick and easy to make…. and everyone like it!!!!!

    Yes even I like her recipes πŸ™‚

  5. ah!!! thank god i had breakfast before checking ur blog as this is my fav dish. haven’t cooked panner since long time coz krish is not very fond of paneer. got to know about another cook nina mahta from ur post now. got to check her recipes. thanks sweetie:)
    by the way how r u?

    Oh Sups why did you have breakfast ? I could have made some roti with this paneer. You could have had your brunch with me πŸ™‚ ))))) hee…..he…ee. if only this was possible what fun.Till then just droo..oool.She is Nita Mehta, not Nina Sups.
    Oh I am fine sweetie pie thanks, how about you ? You are not posting so frequently now a days . Where are your khazana of drafts ?

  6. Hi Archana,
    I too choose paneer and mushroom dishes mostly for parties. U r right.. they give a rich look.. looks yummy.

    Hi Prema,
    Yes the paneer and mushroom do make the party menu rich. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  7. Same here same here, being a pakka vegetarians, Paneer and mushrooms are always on the party menu at our place and my non-veg friends love it too.

    Have been looking for shahi paneer recipies for quite some time – thanks for posting it, it sure looks easypeasy. I add cashewnuts paste too, even in matar-mushroom curry to make it richer – a punjabi friend gave me that tip πŸ™‚

  8. Love paneer,any kind…Good recipe archana!me too a lazy cook…hate cooking..but as u said a hidden interest is bubbling up…thanx for the visit archana!!:)

    Thanks for visiting Bharathy. Oh so you are like me too hee…eee

  9. hi archana, I luv Paneer dishes and shahi paneer is sone pe suhaga. The step by step instructions gives me a confident feel of what to expect when cooking. I have never made mushroom dishes. Elaborate on them for me sometime, please. I think I ll get tinned muschrooms in my city. I like mushroom pizza, too.

    Thanks Vibha. I will certainly give a few mushroom dishes. You should get mushrooms at your place. Try the vegge section of Big Bazaar.They keep all exotic vegetables.

  10. here is another recipe, although without the pictures but it is very effective I followed it and prepared the best shahi paneer… yummy….

    First of all thanks for visiting my blog Rajat πŸ™‚ I checked out the link and recipe for Shahi Paneer. The recipe looks very similar to mine except for the addition of curds.
    I will surely out the recipe you have suggested.You too try out my recipe and I know you will like it.Do add cream and also cashewnut paste as one of my blogger friend has suggested.It will make it further rich πŸ™‚

  11. hi
    my kids used to tell me mom never cook shahi paneer for us.
    but after i cooked according to your recpie they want to eat it everday.
    thanx a lot for giving such wonderful recipe
    the flavor of your shahi paneer is just perfect
    kindly mention some tandoori recipes like paneer tikka, butter nan,roasted mushrooms, etc.
    waiting for your reply

  12. Thanks for this great recipe. My husband loves shahi paneer, but I never knew how to make it. The recipe worked perfectly and how easy! Thanks.

  13. Nice recipe. I have got couple of good points from it which I would like to add to mine. I am also very much fond of Palak Paneer. Now my family have also started liking it. There is no doubt that palak paneer is a wonderful and healthy dish among all paneer dishes.

  14. Your all recepies are excellent. After seeing your recepies Ihave never tried any other cookery book recepies

  15. is shahi paneer supposed to be white in colour or red its very confusing because many people say its white and thats wt we are generally served in hotels

  16. more,that is still you may do something to expand on it.yhanks for sharing with us.I think I am going the clearness in your post is simple spectacular and I can take for granted you are an expert on the field.Well with your permission.Like your way of seeing this things. i’ll be checking in on a regularly now….keep up the good work.

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