Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Paneer in Rich Cashew & Almond Sauce

A north Indian preparation of paneer, that is cooked in a rich sauce made with cashew and almonds and called shahi paneer or Butter paneer . This dish will compliment well with naan, roti or basmati rice.


14 oz / 400 gram Packet - Paneer, cut into cubes

1 small - Onion, cut thin, lengthwise
4 medium - Tomatoes, chopped
2 to 3 - Green chili, chopped

6 big flakes - Garlic, chopped

1 '' pieces - Ginger, chopped
1/2 cup - Cashew & almonds ( mix of both making 1/2 cup)
1 tbsp - Whipping cream


1 tsp - Cumin/jeera seeds
2 to 3 tsp - Coriander powder

1/2 to 1 tsp - Red chili powder

1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
2 tsp - Garam masala powder

1 to 2 tsp - Shan Vegetable curry mix Or MDH kitchen king


1/2 cup - Coriander leaves


1 ) In a pan, add enough oil to fry paneer. Set aside 2 cubes to use later. Place rest of paneer cubes in hot oil and fry on all sides lightly to golden color. Drain and set aside.Grate the 2 paneer cubes.

2 ) To the same oil add onion and fry till onion is lightly browned. Then add green chili, ginger, garlic, cashew and almonds. Continue frying for 2 minutes. Then add tomato, sprinkle little salt and cook till tomato is well cooked. Take off the stove and cool. Transfer into a blender and grind to a smooth paste along with whipping cream. Add little water if needed to grind.

3 ) Transfer the paste to a pan, add enough water to make a semi- thick gravy. Bring to a boil, add fried paneer pieces, grated paneer, salt to taste and simmer.

4 ) Meanwhile in another pan, heat some oil, add jeera, fry for few seconds, then add coriander, red chili, turmeric, garam masala powder, shan vegetable curry mix or MDH kitchen king and fry in the oil for few seconds. Add coriander leaves and fry lightly. Pour this seasoning into the pan with paneer, stir and mix well. Close with a lid, simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the stove and serve.

Serve with roti or naan.


Asha said...

Beautiful looking rich sauce Pravs, love it. You can ad anything like Chicken to this too, yummy!:)

Kalai said...

Now that is one beautiful, creamy gravy!! Paneer looks sinfully delicious! :)

Happy cook said...

Wow that looks so creamy and delicious. Yummmm

Mansi Desai said...

looks great Pravs! always my fav gravy:)

Madhavi said...

Oh sauce looks rich and creamy. Wonderful dish Pravs, delicious entry!!!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Lovely creamy and rich paneer.. I'd love this with Nan..

Sagari said...

gravy looks soo creamy and silky pravs

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

wow! the sauce looks creamy and rich! yummy dish!! :-)

Tee said...

My Favorite! delicious !!!

ranji said...

AWESOME!!!loved the creamy look and the color of the dish..delicious pravs..

Richa said...

that is such a pretty colored gravy, pravs :) paneer & nuts, how can one go wrong...lol

sunita said...

Now, that is one seriously rich and indulgent sauce...looks beautiful :-)

Jamie said...

I can't even begin to tell you how good that looks. Oh how I want some!

Nags said...

the title itself made me drool :) i love cashew based gravies, though they are fatty! nice one!

Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Pravs,
Dish looks so good...........thanks for sharing, will try some time.


Sunshinemom said...

Yummy recipe! Will have to tone down the gravy though - can't afford to go easy right now:)

Kribha said...

Hi Pravs,
Guess what? I did post my dishes for arusuvai chain. Wanted to create something new but never found the time. I have already delayed way toooo much. so I thought I just post these.

Please have a look at it and give me your comments. Really value it so much. Once again a very big "THANKS" for the sweets and the surprise ingredients. Will call you soon.Take care.

BTW, awesome gravy as usual. Paneer, cashews and almond .... all my favs in one dish. Just perfect.

One more thing. I tried your nadan chicken curry and it turned out great. Will post the picture in my blog soon.

Kribha said...

Hey Pravs,
just went back to my blog and saw your comment. I guess we were in eachother's blog at the same time. Anyway, thanks so much for the comment. I feel so much relieved and happy. Will go to bed smiling. :-)

Rachel said...

Love the amount of gravy and it looks wonderfully rich and creamy!

Srivalli said...

pravs, that looks so yummy!..will try this out.

Sireesha said...

Hi pravs,
WOW..the sauce looks so creamy, rich and yummy..

skribles said...

nice dish ... love this kind of paneer dish in the rich and creamy gravy!

Mallika said...

Looks absolutely delicious. Does it really need the ready powder though?

Pravs said...

Asha : wow, thats a nice suggestion. Will try with chicken.

Kalai, happy cook, mansi, madhavi, Swati, Sagari, Jz, tee, ranji, richa, Sunita, Jamie, nags, rajani, sunshinemom, rachel, srivalli, srieesha, skribles :

Thanks to every one. Happy to note, all of you liked this paneer recipe. Do try and let me know the outcome. Thanks a bunch everyone for commenting :)

Kribha : So happy we got to know each other through arusuvai chain.I am so glad you liked the chicken curry, will look forward for the pics in your blog :)

Mallika : yes :) i have given 2 options, so either one will do.

Pecos Blue said...

Wow rich and creamy. sounds great. Looks great too.

Salt & Turmeric said...

Hi, what is paneer? is it a spice?

Homecooked said...

The sauce looks so rich and yummy! Perfect colour!

Pravs said...

Pecos blue : You should give this a try, if you like paneer :)

Salt & turmeric : Paneer is not a spice.It's a indian cheese, you can read about it here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paneer. You can make paneer at home by curdling milk with lime or vinegar added to milk. Do check this link to see how curdling is done to make paneer.http://simplyspicy.blogspot.com/2007/04/spinach-palak-kofta.html
For above recipe, paneer didn't have to be made as cube. To make cubes, check this link for details with pictures http://fxcuisine.com/default.asp?language=2&Display=44&resolution=high
Hope this helps :D

Homecooked : Thank you :D

A&N said...

The gravy looks better than most Indian restaurants out there! The dish looks stunning :)

Anonymous said...

This recipe calls for grinding the almonds (and rest of the stuff - spices, etc) into a paste. Back in India, they used to use what they call 'sil-batta' (a kind of grinding stone) to make the paste really "silky" or smooth. I am afraid most of the blenders available in the US just can't grind the almonds to that degree of smoothness. If you guys have found a good solution for this do post it here and let me know. But overall, its a pretty good recipe. I use a variation of this recipe to cook chicken in yogurt-almond sauce.

Pravs said...

AR : Yes, the blenders in US doesn;t do a good job when you have to grind to a real smooth paste. But then you could use coffee grinder, which will do a better job, but then you will have to grind in small quantity.

Connie @ BhimiBlog said...

I LOVE paneer...this sounds MOUTHWATERING! Sounds like a nice summer dish! Will HAVE to try this one!