|December 29, 2022


What is Shahi Paneer?

Shahi Paneer is a popular and delectable North Indian delicacy that originated in Mughlai cuisine.

Shahi = Royal, and Paneer = Indian cheese, often known as cottage cheese. Put together, it makes a Royal Paneer dish suitable for Kings. This meal will, as its name suggests, leave diners wanting more. 

Shahi Paneer is a creamy textured gravy dish that pairs well with Chapati, Parantha, butter naan, or rice. Cubes of Paneer are simmered in a shahi sauce that is rich, silky smooth, and somewhat sweet in flavor. A bite leaves your tongue with a modest sweetness and a delicate taste of whole spices. Royal Paneer tastes lovely, which is why it is the most popular dish at the vegetarian buffet.

A Brief History

Mughals ruled India from the 1400s to the 1800s. The food made during their reign was vibrant, often including nuts, dried fruits, and warming spices. Other dishes associated with the Mughlai rule include biryani, paratha, tandoor, and pulao, as well as a well-known dish called Shahi Paneer. It comes with a white gravy consisting of onion and Yogurt. There are no tomatoes included. Full of nuts, saffron, and aromatic spices. Because the gravy contains minimal spice powders, it has moderate but pleasant flavors. 

It is the Punjabi variant of Royal paneer. Of course, it is influenced by the Mughlai form but with a very different flavor profile. Tomatoes, and spices (along with saffron and aromatics) are used here, so the gravy is orangey-red, just like traditional Punjabi gravies.

You'll love this recipe because giving the white gravy of Shahi Paneer Masala a Punjabi touch to bring a unique flavor and creamy texture makes it 100 times better than any restaurant-style Shahi Paneer.

Shahi means 'Royal.' Yes, it makes a rich and satisfying main course—ideal for a special occasion, a family dinner, or a dinner for guests. When you have company, Shahi Paneer is a must-have item on the menu.

Make and reheat just before serving, so there is no hassle at dinnertime. This dish can be refrigerated and reheated to retain its delicacy and flavor.

It has a mild spicy flavor with a slight sweetness, making it a favored dish among children—cottage cheese's creamy taste and smooth texture melt in the mouth with every bite.


Punjabi Shahi Paneer with a gravy that is tasty, aromatic, rich, creamy, and restaurant-style. It will undoubtedly become your new favorite paneer recipe!

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How to make Punjabi Shahi Paneer at Home

Ingredients You’ll Need to Prepare Shahi Paneer

  • 1 - Chopped onion
  • 1 - Chopped tomato
  • 8-10 - Cashews (soaked)
  • 3 cups - Water
  • 2 cups - Cubed Paneer
  • 1/2 tsp - Salt
  • 1/2 tsp - Pepper
  • 1/3 tbsp - Butter
  • 2 tbsp - Heavy Whipping Cream

Step-by-Step Instructions


  • Season paneer with salt & pepper. For a healthier recipe, we recommend seasoned Paneer, but if you enjoy pan-fried Paneer, you can fry the paneer cubes in a pan and then add them to a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes and season it after.
  • Add the Easy Indie Bowl Royal Paneer Gravy Mix to a bowl & mix thoroughly with water to create the gravy. Keep it aside until needed. 


  • Melt butter in a pan, add chopped onion and tomato, and stir for a while.
  • Add some salt to taste the cashews and cook for a while. 
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool, then grind it to a fine paste.
  • Now Heat a pan and add some butter to it. Strain the ground mixture in the pan and season it with salt and pepper. 
  • Add prepared Alcoeats gravy mix & bring to a rapid simmer on med/high heat. Stir regularly: 2-3 min.
  • Add seasoned Paneer to the pan. Continue simmering until gravy thickens to desired consistency: 8-10 min. Stir to avoid burning. Your shahi sauce
  • Remove from heat & drizzle in the cream. Let sit: 3 min.
  • Enjoy!

Final Words

Paneer has a versatility that can turn into a variety of delicious recipes, and Alcoeats tries to assist you in cooking something healthy and delicious for you and your loved ones. Alcoeats has designed an Easy Indie Bowl for those new to the culinary world. It includes a variety of gravies ranging from Royal Paneer to Paneer Butter Masala and more. Alcoeats can bring the flavor of India to your kitchen no matter where you are.

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