Shahi Paneer Curry


This is a curry made with paneer cheese, which is very meaty and a great vegetarian option. You can probably get away with using peanut butter instead of cashew butter, but I do recommend the cashew for the flavor.

When I made this, I served it with bhindi masala curry and lemon rice, both some of my favorites! The bhindi makes a great entree as well, but I like to make a smaller amount and serve it with another type of curry, especially if that curry is light on vegetables.


  • 7 ounces paneer cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 6 to 8 fresh curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • Pinch asafoetida (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 hot red Thai bird chillies, chopped
  • 1 large firm tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons natural cashew butter or natural peanut butter
  • Water as needed


Step 1

Heat oil in a skillet; add onion, cumin, mustard seed and curry leaves; cook for about a minute or until spices sputter.

Step 2

Add ginger and garlic paste to pan along with turmeric, coriander, asafoetida, salt and pepper, stirring to mix well.

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Step 3
Add chopped tomatoes and chopped chillies and a half cup water and cook over low heat, stirring, until tomato breaks down, adding more water as needed.

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Step 4
When tomatoes get soft and curry is still slightly saucy, stir in the cashew butter. Add a little water if it is too thick.

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Step 5
Then stir in the cream and paneer cubes and simmer over low heat about 5 minutes or just until hot; do not boil.

3 responses

  1. I love (and cook) Indian food a lot and this recipe looks to be right up my alley! Will definitely make this soon, Sue! (And I voted for you, too)

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