What we need for Shahi Paneer:
Paneer – 1 1/2 cups, soak in warm water for 15 mts
Onion – 1
Tomato – 1
Green chili-ginger paste – 2 tsps
Bay leaf – 1
Cinnamon stick – 1
Black cardamom – 1
Cashew nuts – 8, soaked in 1/4 cup milk and ground to a paste
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)
Malai or fresh cream – 2 tbsps
Yogurt – 1/4 cup, thick and beaten smooth
Kasuri methi – 1/2 tsp (optional)
Oil – 1 1/2 tbsps
Ghee – 1 1/2 tbsps
Coriander leaves – 3 tbsps, for garnish
Salt to taste
Dry roast for 2-3 mts and grind to a fine powder:
Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
Green cardamoms – 3
Black peppercorns – 6
Clove – 1
Cinnamon stick – 1/2 piece
Let’s prepare here:
Boil onions and make it cool using cold water. Then grind onions to make a paste. If using tomato, blanch it and grind to a paste. Set aside.
Grind cashew nuts along with the milk to a smooth paste and set aside.
Heat oil and ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel. Once hot, add the bay leaf, cinnamon and black cardamom. Add the ground onion paste and saute for 6 mts.
Add ginger-green chili paste, turmeric powder and kasuri methi and saute for 4 mts. Add the tomato puree and cook for 6-7 mts.
Add the cashew nut paste, mix well and cook for a mt. Add the beaten curd and mix well. Add a cup of water and allow to simmer for 4 mts on low flame.
Add paneer cubes and mix gently. Simmer for 8-10 minutes and add the ground garam masala powder and mix. Finally add the fresh cream and mix.
Turn off flame and allow the curry to rest for 15 mts.
Remove to a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve warm with kulcha, butter naan, roti or pulao.