Shahi Paneer Capsicum (Cottage Cheese and Capsicum in Yogurt Sauce): a delicious mix of paneer with capsicum in a thick rich gravy. Serve with rice/roti or paratha
Shahi Paneer Capsicum is my ALLLL Time Fav vegetarian entree and if you have grown up in “Northern” part of India, you very well know what I’m talking about 😉
Shahi Paneer Capsicum, also known as ‘Cottage Cheese and Capsicum in Yogurt Sauce’ is the King of vegetarian dishes from Northern India.
WHAT IS SHAHI PANEER CAPSICUM ?
It’s a creamy, flavorful and delicious paneer recipe that’s served in thick luscious cream gravy. Hence, full of XTRAAA Calories.
The gravy/sauce in this dish is rich and thick, made using pure white butter/ fresh cream along with the BEST EVER Pairing of paneer+capsicum
It’s served on special occasions where you want something different from everyday dishes.
But my Shahi Paneer Capsicum recipe is made light (keeping the same flavors), so you can enjoy it much often or in large quantity without worrying about extra calories.
How to Serve this Paneer Dish:
So here you go, make sure you serve it warm and it tastes great with any sides of choice from Indian Naan/Roti, Bread, Rice, Quinoa, Couscous, etc.
Just about anything that you like to pair it with.
Shahi Paneer Capsicum
Serving Suggestion: Can be served with Roti’s or Rice
1 Large nonstick wok with cover/lid
1 Large Serving Dish/Plate
1 Small bowl – for whisking cream
SHAHI PANEER CAPSICUM INGREDIENTS :
1 Cup Paneer (Cottage Cheese) – Cut into bite-size cubes
2 Medium Capsicum (Green Bell Pepper) – chopped into bite-size pieces
2 Medium Onions – chopped into bite-size pieces
4 Tbsp Tomato Paste – you may use fresh tomato puree
2 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1 Tsp Ginger Paste
1 Tsp Garlic Paste
2 Tbsp Ginger Julienne
2 Tsp Butter – You may use salted or unsalted butter as per availability
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
4 Tbsp Yogurt
2 Tbsp Cream Cheese(room temperature) – You may use fresh plain cream
½ Cup water
½ Tsp Turmeric
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
½ Tbsp Garam Masala
1 Tbsp Dry Fenugreek Leaves
2 Tsp Red Chili Powder
2 Tsp Salt (As per your taste)
HOW TO MAKE SHAHI PANEER CAPSICUM
Prep: In a small bowl, whisk yogurt+cream cheese to form a smooth paste. Keep aside.
In a nonstick wok, heat olive oil and butter over medium flames for ½ minute.
Add onions and sauté for a minute over medium heat. Then remove the cooked onions and keep aside.
In the same pan, add ginger+garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds.
Add tomato paste, ketchup, all the spices and sauté over medium heat for another minute, cover lid and reduce heat to low.
Add whisked yogurt-cream paste, stir lightly and let this mixture cook on low heat for 2 minutes (stir every 30 seconds).
Now add the cut paneer/cottage cheese pieces, capsicum and mix everything evenly.
Add water and mix everything once and let this cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Give it a final stir(As soon as you see bubbles forming in the corners), turn off the heat.
Transfer into a serving dish, garnish with ginger julienne and Serve Hot.