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    Shahi Paneer (white gravy) Pic: Priya Q

    My old diary is a treasure trove of recipes I jotted down way back when I was a teenager – some from television, some from mom / aunts. Whether it was then or now, my interest in cooking still lies in making something unusual; something one doesn’t make it on a daily basis. Here is one such recipe for Paneer / cottage cheese. The gravy is white and smells & tastes great!

    Paneer / Cottage Chesse – 200 gms (cut into triangles)

    Cashew – 8 to 10 nos (broken into pieces)

    Green chilli – 3 nos (finely chopped)

    Onions – 2-3 nos (medium sized) – chopped into big chunks

    Garlic – 5-6 flakes

    Ginger – 4 tbsp or roughly a 12 mm piece

    Cardamom – 2-3 nos

    Cloves – 2 nos

    Cinnamon stick – about 1 inch

    Bay leaf – 1 no

    Dry red chilli – 1 no

    Dry coriander seeds – 1 tsp

    Curd / Plain Yogurt – 1 cup

    Sugar – 1/2 tsp

    Ghee / Clarified Butter – 2 Tbsp

    Coriander – for garnish

    Salt to taste


    1. Make ginger garlic paste adding little bit of water. Keep aside
    2. Roughly / coarsely grind coriander seeds and red chilli. Keep aside
    3. Boil onions in 3/4 cup of water. When cooked and trasparent; drain
    4. Blend drained onions and cashew into fine paste in a mixer
    5. Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan and add – cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon and fry for few seconds
    6. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for few minutes
    7. Now add the onion and cashew paste and fry well
    8. Add chopped green chilli and fry well
    9. Add the ground coriander and chilli powder and continue frying
    10. Simmer gas flame. Now add beaten curd and salt. Continue cooking on low flame till curd gets cooked and incorporated
    11. Add chopped fresh coriader
    12. Finally add paneer and suagr
    13. Serve with chappatis (Indian bread) / parathas


    Till next time … have fun cooking :)

    Posted by Priya Q @ 11:53 am

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