Shahi Paneer Recipe Restaurant Style Sunset Color

By Maahi Gupta,  20 Dec, 17  vegEasy   हिंदी  32  Paneer

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.

1 min Prep
30 min Cook
Yield  3 cup

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).


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

  1. Ingredients for Shahi paneer.
    Ingredients for shahi paneer
    Ingredients for shahi paneer 
  2. 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 
  3. 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.
  4. After 1 minute of heating, add chopped Onion, Black Cardamom seeds and green Chilies in hot Oil. Mix well.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 
  7. Once done, take out the Onion and Tomato mixture in a plate from the hot Oil. Switch Off the stove.
  8. 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.
  9. Once the mixture cools down, grind it to make a smooth paste.
  10. 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

  1. 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 
  2. After 1 minute, add Onion-Tomato paste. Stir it continuously for about 1 minute.
  3. 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.
  4. The Oil would be visible on the walls of the pan once it starts separating itself from Tomato Onion paste.
  5. 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 
  6. After 3 minutes, add Cream and Garam masala. Cook on medium flame for 2 more minutes.
  7. Shahi Paneer gravy is almost ready. We should now proceed with adding Paneer

Mixing Paneer with Curry Cook time – 5 Minutes

  1. 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 
  2. Add the Paneer pieces to the gravy and mix well. Let it cook on medium flame for 5 more minutes.
  3. Once done, switch Off the stove.
  4. 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.