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Mughlai Shahi Paneer

No Butter, No Cream, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Mughlai Style Shahi Paneer is a royal cheese dish that is popular in Northern India and considered Mughlai cuisine. This decadent dish is a blend of nuts, onions, spices, and flavored with cardamom, saffron, and garam masala.
5 from 7 votes
Author: Nisha
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Mughlai
Servings 4 servings
Calories 518 kcal


Ballarini Aluminium Nonstick


Make a Paste




  • Soak almonds and cashews in hot water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Soak paneer in hot water for about 20 minutes.
  • Once done remove the skin off from the almonds - it should come off easily. Rinse, drain, and blend the almonds and cashews with half a cup of water until smooth and creamy.
  • To the paste, add ginger, garlic, green chilies, cardamom, and onions.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Almond-Cashew paste is ready. Set aside.

Make the Sauce

  • Set aside the spices you'll need. Cinnamon stick, bay leaf, hing, cumin seeds, cloves, and peppercorns.
  • Heat up a pan on medium heat. I like using my Ballarini Alumunium Wok for this dish. Once hot, add oil, followed by spices. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the almond-cashew paste. Cook for about 5-7 minutes until the paste comes together.
  • This is what you want.
  • Slowly add yogurt and mix. Make sure you temper the yogurt to avoid any curdling. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Now slowly add whole milk to avoid curdling. Dairy-free milk would work too. Cook for 8-10 minutes on low heat.

Cube & Add the Paneer

  • In the meantime, cube the paneer.
  • Add the paneer to the sauce - half of it or all of it.
  • Add a pinch of saffron.
  • Stir and cook for a minute. The sauce color will shift to a light pale yellow.
  • Add garam masala and cardamom powder. Stir.
  • Finish the dish with dry Kasoori Methi. Turn off the stove.
  • Serve with roti, naan, rice, or turn them into Paneer Kathi Rolls. Enjoy!


Calories: 518kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 22gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 148mgPotassium: 340mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 111IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 648mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Almonds, Cashews, Gravy, Paneer
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