|September 26, 2022

Most Popular Recipe of Royal Kitchen - Mughlai Shahi Paneer

Most Popular Recipe of Royal Kitchen - Mughlai Shahi Paneer 

Mughlai is a part of the recipe of Indian royal cuisine influenced by the Mughal rulers eating habits. During their rule in India they introduced many finger-licking recipes cooked with flavorful spices and dried fruits. The Mughal cuisine mainly originated in North India and got fame throughout the world.

One such popular recipe is “Mughlai Shahi Paneer”. It is rich creamy gravy made of cottage cheese, onions, yogurt, fresh cream, tomatoes, and spices. The word Shahi stands for “Royal” and Paneer means “Cottage Cheese”. It was invented in the royal Mughal kitchens. So, from there it was named “Mughlai Shahi Paneer”.

Origin of Mughal Shahi Paneer –

All great inventions were caused by an accident. Yes, it's true that all good things were born out of an accidental result. Similarly, you might be astonished by the fact that this mind-blowing Indian recipe was also made by a mistake. According to the story, one day the Mughal ruler ordered the chef to make a recipe from cottage cheese (paneer). So, the chef decided to cook Malai kofta which was a favorite recipe of Mughals. While preparing the gravy, he cut down the paneer into slices.

What happened next was the main reason for the birth of this recipe. He took few slices in hand to make koftas but the slices accidentally fell into that gravy. He replaced the gravy with a freshly made Malai Kofta gravy and tasted the previous one later. He was very pleased with the results and later it became famous in the Mughal Empire.

Mughal Shahi Paneer V/S Paneer Makhani –

The Shahi Paneer and Paneer Makhani both look quite similar at a dining place but both recipes have something different. Yet this two are the signature recipes of North India which is served on a special occasion, parties, and ceremonies. Paneer Makhani is cooked in Butter while Shahi Paneer can be cooked in ghee or oil. Shahi Paneer is a bit sweeter and on the other Paneer Makhani is spicy and has rich gravy. But one thing about both the recipe is the same that they are the popular restaurant item in India and many other countries.

After so much discussion about this delicious recipe, it will be unfair to leave without introducing the Mughal recipe to you. Preparing Mughal food is not an easy task. It will require lots of patience and hard work to bring the perfect royal flavor and taste to the recipe. But these days we all are busy in our working lives. So, in the short period of cooking, such a wonderful recipe will be a complete mess. But I have a solution for your problem. You can now get easily all the required ingredients packed in one jar to cook Shahi Paneer. All you have to do is just visit the amazon store and get your hands on Royal Paneer - Indian Simmer Sauce Mix. The best thing about this spicy jar is all the ingredients are fresh and nutritious.

Let's start cooking the easy and Instant Shahi Paneer –

Cook Time – 30 Minutes

Serving – 4 People

Cuisine: Indian – Mughal.

Ingredients for Mughlai Shahi Paneer are –

  • 200 gm Paneer Cubed.
  • Royal Paneer - Indian Simmer Sauce Mix
  • 4 medium-size tomato puree.
  • ½ cup beaten curd.
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee/vegetable oil
  • ½ cup full fat whisked cream
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • ½ tsp pepper powder                                                                                                          
  • Salt as per taste.

Cooking Method –

  1. Take a bowl and add the cubed paneer.
  2. Season the paneer cubes with salt and pepper powder.
  3. Now turn on the oven flame and heat a pan.
  4. Add 2 tbsp ghee to it.
  5. Take a bowl full of water and add the Royal Paneer jar mixture to it. Mix it well.
  6. Once the ghee is melted and starts leaving an aroma, pour the spicy mixture in it.
  7. Sauté the mixture for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add the tomato puree and cover the lid. Cook for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the beaten curd. Stir it nicely and let the gravy simmer for another 5 minutes.
  10. The gravy will soon start leaving oil and a nice aroma. Now add the paneer cubes to it.
  11. Drizzle the whisked cream and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  12. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with roti or jeera rice.

Important tips –

  • Adding curd makes the gravy tang, rich, and delicious.
  • Soak the paneer cubes in warm water if it is frozen.
  • Making the recipe in ghee will provide you better taste.

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