Monday, March 15, 2010

Rich Creamy Paneer Peas Masala/Shahi Paneer


1.Indian cottage cheese or paneer - 200 gms ( i used store bought)
2.Frozen peas - 5 tbsp
3.Low fat Cream - 5 tbsp
5.Cashews - 6 whole nuts.
6.Chopped Onion - 2 no's
7.Tomato puree - 5 tbsp
8.Kashmiri Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
9.Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
10.Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
11.Fried onions - 3 tsp ( for garnishing)
12.Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
13.Salt - to taste
14.Canola oil - 2 tbsp
13.Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
14.Ginger - small piece
15.Garlic - 5 pods
16.Kus kus/poppy seeds - 4 tsp


1.First fry the paneer cubes, i bought the paneer from Indian store and cut into cubes fry it in oil till light golden brown in medium fire.Keep it aside.
2.Heat oil in the pan, Fry the onions ( leave about 5 tbsp of onion for frying),ginger,garlic for a while. Then add the tomato puree ( i used canned puree) cook for a while.
3.Leave it to cool and grind to fine paste.
4.In separate pan fry the poppy seeds and cashew nuts in little bit of oil, allow it to cool and grind to fine powder.Keep it aside.
5.Again heat oil in the heavy bottom pan, season with cumin seeds  and add the remaining chopped onions fry for a while with red chilli powder.
6.Then add the grounded tomato n onion paste saute in a medium flame , after 5 mts add turmeric powder,coriander powder,garam masala ,cashew n poppy seeds powder.frozen peas and salt.
7.Allow it to cook in medium fire till the oil comes on the surface, close the pan with the lid.
8.Before transfer the gravy to the serving bowl add the low fat cream to this mixture. Stir it well and then add the fried paneer cubes.
10.Transfer the Shahi paneer to the serving bowl and garnish with Fried onions.
11.Now the Rich Creamy Shahi Paneer is ready to serve with roti or with biriyani.
12.We enjoyed this Rich Creamy and Yummy Shahi paneer with chicken biriyani for Lunch and For dinner with roti.


This Shahi paneer is rich in texture by adding cream and cashew paste, i tried to reduce by adding lot of fat ingredients for that i used canola oil instead of butter for frying, i used only 4 small cubes of paneer and i used low fat cream instead of heavy cream. Cashew nuts i used from my snacks roasted n salted nuts. I use to cook this rich creamy kuruma only once in a month, becoz it contains lot of rich ingredients. What soever it tasted yummy with Chicken biriyani.

This delicious Aappam is going to be a part of:
Jihva- Break fast  guest hosted by Veggie platter of suma started by Indira of Mahanandi


  1. wow gravy looks rich & creamy and i will surely like this one as my fav paneer is in it...looks delicious sathya...recipe is too good....

  2. Yes,,,I know u like paneer very looks rich creamy and also rich in taste.Do try this one and am sure it will tastes good.

  3. Sathya, gravy looks fab.. i'll have to print this.. or else i'll miss out ingredients.