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Shahi Paneer (Paneer in Creamy Tomato Sauce)

Shahi Paneer
Shahi Paneer

Shahi Paneer, which literally means Royal (Shahi) Paneer, is a creamy curry dish made in tomato with soft lightly fried Indian cheese, Paneer. For vegans, substitute Paneer with firm or extra firm tofu. Also called, Kadhai Paneer or Paneer Butter Masala.


1 lb paneer pieces (½ inch cubed)
2 cups of crushed canned tomato sauce (or 3 cups of tomatoes)
½ cup finely diced onions
½ cup half and half
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoon garam masala powder
1 stick Dalchini (Cinnamon)
2 tablespoon ghee or oil
Salt to taste


Get unsalted canned criushed tomato sauce. Alternatively, cook 3 cups of tomatoes in low heat until get a saucy consistency.

2 Heat ghee in low-medium flame. Add cubed Paneer and heat until light golden brown. Remove and set aside.
3 Heat ghee or oil. Sauté onion until light golden brown.
4 Add spices, tomato, and Dalchini (Cinnamon) and simmer for few minutes. Add " half and half" and paneer. Simmer again for few minutes.
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