The literal translation of shahi paneer is ‘royal paneer’, which is a very appropriate name for this dish, fit for a king. Paneer, a homemade cheese, is accompanied with a rich and creamy sauce made from cashews.
Paneer is very delicate, so take care to handle it gently or it will break up very easily. If you like a thicker or thinner gravy, just adjust the amount of water.
Soak the cashews in the milk for 15 minutes.
Stir in the tomato sauce, mixing well, and cook for 5 minutes, or until the oil separates from the mixture.
While the sauce is cooking, put the soaked cashews and milk in a blender and whiz until smooth.
When the oil has separated from the onion mixture, add the ground spices and mix well. Add the cashew mixture and stir until the gravy is smooth.
Stir in the sugar,
While waiting for the gravy to boil, heat the remaining
Once the gravy comes to the boil, add the paneer and gently stir it through.
Serve immediately, garnished with fresh coriander and additional broken cashews.
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