Shahi Paneer Recipe Restaurant Style Sunset Color

Shahi Paneer recipe restaurant style at home. Sunset colored thick gravy made with cream is high in calories. Video in Hindi with step by step pictures.

Written by Maahi Gupta
  By Maahi Gupta          Updated  20 Dec, 17


 vegEasy   हिंदी

Shahi Paneer is one of the oldest and the primary paneer dish that you will find on a menu. Be it a marriage party or any other function, shahi paneer almost always finds a place in main course menu. I am sure 8 out of 10 times, you would have also ordered it on your lunch/dinner in a restaurant.

We have tried and tested this recipe multiple times in our kitchen to cook the same restaurant style taste and sunset colored gravy. This is one of our best recipe to make Shahi Paneer at home.

There is no need for any special Shahi Paneer Masala here. We just use the spices available in any Indian Kitchen.

There is a subtle difference between the way gravy for Shahi Paneer is made than the one made for Paneer Makhani. We have analyzed the differences between Shahi paneer vs Paneer Butter masala here.

As a matter of fact, if you just exchange the gravy of these two, you can pretty name the clone as Shahi Paneer Butter Masala!

See also: Sub-merge Paneer in water to Increase its shelf life.

Paneer Tikka Masala is one more variety of Paneer which we love to make for our home parties.

So, what are we waiting for? Lets jump on to the video or the recipe with step by step images (pictures).


1 min Prep
30 min Cook
Yield  3 cup
Nutrition Facts
Shahi Paneer Recipe Restaurant Style Sunset Color
Amount Per Serving
Calories 690 Calories from Fat 531
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 59g 91%
Saturated Fat 31g 155%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 155mg 52%
Sodium 3565mg 149%
Potassium 580mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 70%
Vitamin C 54%
Calcium 69%
Iron 21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Preparing Tomato Onion Paste Cook Time – 13 Minutes

  • Ingredients for Shahi paneer.
    Ingredients for shahi paneer
    Ingredients for shahi paneer 
  • We will start the process by heating 3.5 Tbsp of Oil in a pan on high flame for about 1 minute.
    Roasting Onion for Shahi paneer
    Roasting Onion for Shahi paneer 
  • While the Oil is getting heated up, take out the seeds of Black Cardamom and keep aside. You would need to break-open the Cardamom.
  • After 1 minute of heating, add chopped Onion, Black Cardamom seeds and green Chilies in hot Oil. Mix well.
  • Wait till Onion achieves light pink color. Keep the stove on high flame. It would take about 4 minutes for the Onions to turn pink.
  • After 4 minutes, add chopped Tomatoes or Tomato Puree, if you have and mix well. Fry till Tomatoes get soft and tender. Tomatoes will also take about 4 minutes of time.
    Make Onion Tomato paste
    Make Onion Tomato paste 
  • Once done, take out the Onion and Tomato mixture in a plate from the hot Oil. Switch Off the stove.
  • Keep this paste/mixture aside to cool down to room temperature Give it about 3 minutes . Keep the left-over Oil also aside for later use.
  • Once the mixture cools down, grind it to make a smooth paste.
  • Make sure that paste does NOT have any big chunks of Onion or Tomato. It should be a fine and smooth paste.

Making Sunset Gravy Cook time – 12 Minutes

  • Heat the left-over Oil in pan once again on high flame for 1 minute. There is no need to add more Oil.
    Make shahi paneer Orange gravy with Tomato Onion paste
    Make shahi paneer Orange gravy with Tomato Onion paste 
  • After 1 minute, add Onion-Tomato paste. Stir it continuously for about 1 minute.
  • After 1 minute, add sweet Tomato sauce, Salt, Red Chili Powder, Black Salt and Turmeric Powder. Mix well.

    Turn the stove on medium flame. Wait until you see the Oil, separating from the paste. Stir occasionally. This would take about 5 minutes.
  • The Oil would be visible on the walls of the pan once it starts separating itself from Tomato Onion paste.
  • After 5 minutes, add Milk and 1 cup of water. Keep the stove on medium flame and let it cook for 3 minutes.
    Add Milk and Cream to gravy
    Add Milk and Cream to gravy 
  • After 3 minutes, add Cream and Garam masala. Cook on medium flame for 2 more minutes.
  • Shahi Paneer gravy is almost ready. We should now proceed with adding Paneer

Mixing Paneer with Curry Cook time – 5 Minutes

  • Slice Paneer pieces into any shape that you may like. We have triangular shaped pieces.
    Mix paneer pieces with shahi gravy
    Mix paneer pieces with shahi gravy 
  • Add the Paneer pieces to the gravy and mix well. Let it cook on medium flame for 5 more minutes.
  • Once done, switch Off the stove.
  • Add chopped Coriander leaves Cilantro and the Sunset Orange colored Shahi Paneer is ready to serve hot.

Make shahi paneer at home
Make shahi paneer at home 

 Storage and Serving Suggestions

  1. Garnish Shahi Paneer with green Coriander leaves before serving.
  2. Shahi paneer is served in main course meal with breads like Garlic Naan make Naan in cooker, Tandoori roti or Poori.

Paneer Recipe

   32 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. Ramneet
    Ramneet 7 Dec, 16 at 8:15 pm

    How to make tomato sauce for shahi paneer?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Dec, 16 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Ramneet,
      Are you talking about the sweet tomato sauce? If yes, then you can get it ready made from market. We do nto have a recipe for it.

      Or if you are talking about the gravy for shahi paneer, then follow the above recipe.

  2. Ramneet
    Ramneet 7 Dec, 16 at 8:15 pm

    How to make tomato sauce for Shahid panzer?

  3. Reetu
    Reetu 26 Dec, 15 at 6:25 pm

    I want to ask we don’t need to put ginger garlic?

    • Maahi
      Maahi 28 Dec, 15 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Reetu,

      Ginger Garlic in this recipe is once choice.
      I use garlic very often in my kitchen, i did not feel to add them here in this recipe.
      If you like them, you can surely add them, to me it was not required.

      Hope you try and enjoy this recipe with or without ginger garlic 🙂
      Do share your feedback on this recipe later.
      Keep watching and cooking with us.

  4. Ishita Sahrawat
    Ishita Sahrawat 19 Aug, 15 at 3:44 pm

    And if you could please post a recipe for punjabi white chane total restaurant style it’ll be so so nice of you 🙂

  5. Ishita Sahrawat
    Ishita Sahrawat 19 Aug, 15 at 3:41 pm

    This is an amazing recipe ..easy fuss for ingredients and yet heaven 🙂
    Thanks both of you Maahi and Anil.
    Plus I was laughing many times during the video cause of sweet jokes.
    Good work !
    God bless

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Aug, 15 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Ishita for your kind words.

  6. chitra sharma
    chitra sharma 6 Jul, 15 at 8:57 pm

    Hey hi mahi n anil.. I have tried ur shahiP paneer n kadai paneer recipes n number of times… It’s so easy to make n has a unique taste every time.

    Thanks a ton guys….

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    • Maahi
      Maahi 6 Jul, 15 at 10:40 pm

      Wow, that’s nice to know that you like our work and you are trying out my recipes at home as well..

      We will surely get in touch if we need any assistance.
      Thanks again.

  7. Jaykrushna Patel
    Jaykrushna Patel 24 Apr, 15 at 10:41 pm

    We made Shahi Paneer today as per your recipe, it turns out really good. The main part was that kids love it. Very good presentation, I like it. Please keep posting new videos, thanks a lot.

    PS: would it be possible to have Khoya Kaju recipe, we are missing Indian taste.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Apr, 15 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks Jaykrushna. We are glad you and kids liked it

      We would certainly add khoya kaju to our list of to-do recipes.

  8. Melo Gardener
    Melo Gardener 25 Feb, 15 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing this; appreciated your putting it in here and using it.

  9. Navleen
    Navleen 7 Feb, 15 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Maahi, it seems you have used ketchup as your sweet tomato sauce. How much would the taste change if I didn’t add it?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Feb, 15 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Navleen,

      Answering your question keeping in mind that I have tasted both versions (i.e. with Tomato sweet sauce and without).
      Tomato ketchup just adds a tiny bit of sweetness to the gravy taste.

      You can avoid it if you want. It would still taste almost same.

  10. Jasdeep
    Jasdeep 2 Jun, 14 at 3:37 pm

    The best recipe I have ever tasted!! THANK YOU

    • Maahi
      Maahi 2 Jun, 14 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks a ton Jasdeep for such sweet comment..

      really glad to know that you liked my recipe and tried it at home..

      Do try other recipes and share your feedback with us in future as well..

      Thanks again



  11. yogendra kumar
    yogendra kumar 17 Jan, 14 at 10:59 pm

    Really authentic recipe. I have tried it myself, taste is almost like restaurant. Thanks Maahi ji

    • Maahi
      Maahi 18 Jan, 14 at 1:46 am

      Thanks a lot Yogendra Ji for your valuable compliment. Believe me, it means a lot to us.
      I hope you and your family would have thoroughly enjoyed the home made sunset Shahi Paneer….
      wasie sunset is what my husband calls it…mujhe bhi nahi pata tha ke ye sun-set jaisa lagta hai 🙂

  12. Niraj
    Niraj 21 Jun, 13 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. Your Shahi Paneer looks good. On net few people have suggested adding kaaju in Shahi Paneer, while you have not used it. What do you suggest about adding kaaju paste?

    • Maahi
      Maahi 21 Jun, 13 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Niraj for watching..
      Cashew makes the gravy thick and it leaves its taste as well..
      In my recipe i have added Cream and milk to make the gravy thick and that was sufficient.
      You can surely add cashew if you like. 🙂
      Everyone has their own style of cooking the same recipe..Hope you like my recipe after making and tasting it.

  13. shivani
    shivani 25 May, 13 at 6:10 am

    wow mahi..u r superb .i hav strtd watchng yur videos nd they r ausum..i want too know how to make raj kachori..plz let me no… i ll be so thnk ful

    • Maahi
      Maahi 25 May, 13 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Shivani,
      I would like to thank you for watching and writing in.
      I hope you will try some of them as well and share your feedback with us as well..
      I will surely try to add the of Rajkachori soon..

      Happy cooking and watching

  14. Foodie
    Foodie 10 May, 13 at 1:06 am

    Awwwwww! So cute!! Mahi, your hubby totally stole the show! Sorry, you are good too but he was totally cute:)

    • Maahi
      Maahi 10 May, 13 at 2:05 am

      Thanks for the compliment 🙂
      Hope you watch us more often and write back with feedback..
      Thnx again

  15. yamini
    yamini 23 Apr, 13 at 6:57 am

    Hey Maahi..I love this recipe..Yes i made it and actully its taste like restaurant style even my hubby’s colleague told him to open a restaurant..Heheheh thanks a lot for such a nice recipe..

    • Maahi
      Maahi 23 Apr, 13 at 7:49 pm

      Wow, that’s great to hear 🙂
      I am glad that everybody liked it and you all agree that it is a restaurant style recipe..
      Thanks for watching and sharing the feedback of all..

  16. Kalragh
    Kalragh 13 Aug, 12 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Mahi, please tell me how do you make your fresh cream & how do you preserve it till used. Generally fresh cream tends to get dry when you store in the refrigerator. Thanks in advance.

    • Maahi
      Maahi 16 Aug, 12 at 11:59 am

      Sorry for the late response.
      You can make fresh cream with milk fresh malai.
      Simply beat the malai and keep on beating until you get the consistency you want.

      Keep it in refrigerator only. Try to consume it within 2-3 days, after that it will change its color to yellow.
      And if it gets dry then add few Tsp of Milk and beat it for 2-3 min.. It will become nice and creamy.

      Hope this will help. Let me know if u need more help.

  17. preety lahoti
    preety lahoti 12 Aug, 12 at 6:57 pm

    handi paneer is very easy to cook.. thnaku so much:)

    • Maahi
      Maahi 13 Aug, 12 at 10:58 am

      Thnx so much