Paneer or Indian cottage cheese is a very versatile ingredient that can be cooked in various ways with spices and condiments to make a number of dishes. ‘Shahi’ literally translates to royal in Hindi and this recipe is exactly that. Soft, melt in the mouth chunks of paneer cooked in a rich yogurt and cream based gravy flavoured with mild spices. Shahi paneer tastes great with rotis as much as it does with hot steamed rice. It is one of the most popular paneer recipes in India and for all the right reasons.
Cut the paneer into half inch wide and one inch long pieces. Boil the onions in quarter cup of water. Drain and allow to cool. Grind to a fine paste.
Heat the oil in a non-stick pan. Add the cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon and bay leaf and sauté till fragrant.
Add the green chillies and boiled onion paste and sauté for three to four minutes on low heat so it does not get coloured. Add the ginger paste and garlic paste and continue to sauté for half a minute.
Add the cashewnut paste and sauté for another two minutes. Add the yogurt and sauté till the water from the yogurt gets absorbed.
Stir in the cream, saffron and garam masala powder and salt to taste. Add the paneer and stir gently to mix. Sprinkle green cardamom powder and serve hot.
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