Paneer – if you live in Delhi – you just can’t stay away from! In fact, you will also find paneer pieces in maggi and chow mein here (wink)! So how can I stay away from it?! In fact, knowing about its health benefits, I would rather want to include it in my day to day meals. The recipe I am sharing here today is an adapted version from my Mom’s kitchen, not to mention how amazing a cook she is!
You would have come across various versions of Shahi paneer. I tried to make it less heavy on the tummy, so we can have this calcium and protein rich curry more often, rather than it becoming a delicacy that is prepared once in a few months or when there’s a guest visiting.
I used Poppy Seeds (Khus khus) and Cashew nuts to give it the richness it should have. So here we go!
- 1 Table Spoon Poppy Seeds
- 5-6 Cashew Nuts
- 2 Medium size Tomatoes
- 3 Onion
- 100 gm Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) cut into 1 inch by 1/4 inch pieces
- 2-3 Garlic Cloves
- 1/2 inch Ginger piece
- 1 1/2 Capsicum ( cut into 12 inch pieces)
- 1 Table Spoon Sweet Corn(Optional)
- 1 1/2 Tea Spoon Garam Masala
- 3 Tea Spoon Salt (OR as per taste)
- 1 Tea Spoon Red Chilly Powder
- 1/2 tea Spoon Turmeric Powder
- 4 tea spoon Coriander powder
- 2 Green Chilly
- 1 1/2 Vegetable Oil
- Soak poppy seeds and cashew nuts in water for 2-3 hours.
- Grind them together to make a thick paste. Use the water in which poppy seeds and cashew nuts were soaked.
- Grind onion, ginger, garlic and green chilly in a grinder.
- Puree tomatoes separately.
- Take oil in a pan, heat it well. Fry capsicum in the oil and take them off.
- Add onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli paste in oil and fry till the paste becomes light brown.
- Add tomato puree, again, let the puree dry and the onion, tomato paste starts leaving oil.
- Add poppy seeds and cashew nuts paste, stir for 3-4 minutes.
- Add spices and stir continuously.
- Add sweet corn (optional) and fried capsicum.
- Add water and let the gravy boil for 3-4 minutes.
- Add paneer pieces, stir for 2 minutes and take off from stove.
If you like the taste of corn, it is an interesting combination to try in this dish. My mom-in-law liked it and hubby did not (smiles).
You must be having your own recipe of Shahi Paneer. I would really love to know the variations you try!