Red Pumpkin Shahi Paneer

Red pumpkin and paneer cooked in a gravy enriched with cream and saffron.Shahi Paneer is a delicious North Indian curry made with Paneer and tomato based spicy gravy laced with red pumpkin and Indian curry spices.

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Red Pumpkin Shahi Paneer

Main Ingredients Red pumpkin, Cottage cheese (paneer)
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 11-15 minutes
Cook time 31-40 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Veg


  • 500 grams red pumpkin, peeled
  • 200 grams cottage cheese (paneer)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5-6 green cardamoms
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons white butter
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
  • A few saffron strands
  • A few fresh coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add bay leaves, green cardamoms, black cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves and sauté till fragrant.
  2. Cut onion into thin long strips, add to the pan and sauté till light golden. Add garlic paste and ginger paste and sauté for a minute.
  3. Cut red pumpkin into thin long pieces and add to the pan and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups water and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes or till the pumpkin becomes soft.
  5. Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, mix well and sauté for 1 minute.
  6. Transfer the pumpkin mixture into a mixer jar and grind into a purée. Strain the purée into a bowl.
  7. Heat white butter in another non-stick pan. Cut green chillies diagonally and add to the pan.
  8. Add red pumpkin purée and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  9. Cut paneer into 1 inch cubes and add to the pan. Add fresh cream, saffron and mix well. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  10. Transfer into a serving bowl. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Nutrition Info

Calories 1372
Carbohydrates 39.7
Protein 46.8
Fat 114
Other Fiber 18.7 gm