North Indian Thali

For the second day of BM #15, I would like to feature a typical North Indian Lunch Thali in its simplest form which was a total hit at home.
The Thali consists of Palak Paratha, Sukhi Dal, Shahi Paneer, Yogurt/Curds, Salad and Rice.

I have reduced the oil, used low fat paneer, avoided onion and garlic but the gravy was top-notch! My husband noted that it was almost restaurant quality minus the oil floating on top [:)]which is a huge compliment in itself.

Inspired from here
Ingredients - 

Paneer (approx. 1 1/2 cups cubed)
Cashew nuts handful (or 10-12)
Tomatoes chopped 2 cups
1/4 inch
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Red Chili Powder/Paprika/Kashmiri Chilli Powder to taste
Yogurt/Curds  1/2 cup  
Garam Masala 1/4 tsp

Kasoori Methi 1 tsp (Optional)
Cilantro or Coriander leaves chopped few

Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Jeera 1 tsp, Cinnamon 1/2 inch, Cloves 3-4, Bay Leaf 1)

Shahi Paneer

Method Of Preparation -

Powder Cashews and set aside. Cube the paneer and soak them in hot water until needed.

Grind Tomatoes and ginger and set aside.

In a heated wok/kadai or a sauce pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning ingredients.

After the cumin seeds crackle, add the tomato puree, turmeric, Red Chilli Powder, Kashmiri Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder (freshly ground) and let the mixture cook well until oil floats on the top.

Now is the time to add the cashew powder and yogurt. Let the mixture simmer for a couple of minutes and then to adjust the gravy consistency add about a cup of water.

Add salt and after the gravy is thick enough, slide in the drained paneer cubes. Let it cook for a couple minutes and remove from fire.

Sprinkle the garam masala and kasoori methi (if using). Mix well and cover for a few minutes.

Shahi Paneer

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve warm with Naan/Roti.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#15.
Also sending it to Valli's Thali Mela.

Preparation Time 40 min 
Serves 4-5


  1. what a delightful platter and lovely shahi paneer, some people back home will be glad to know that there are good doshes with onion and garlic

  2. divyagcp Says:
  3. I Love all the dishes in the thali.. Makes me hungry seeing this.. :)
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  4. Yummy and delicious platter. Loved the very look of it.


  5. Square Meals Says:
  6. Love paneer...looks amazing :-)


  7. Lakshmi Says:
  8. Lovely thali... Can you please post the recipe for sukhi dal as well.

  9. Unknown Says:
  10. Wow so colorfull thali Harini nice texture of that shahi paneer yumm..

  11. Delightful recipe

  12. vidhas Says:
  13. Love the spread. Sahai Panner looks inviting.

  14. Srivalli Says:
  15. Harini, that's one wonderful setup! that bright colour of the gravy! everything on the that plate!

  16. Shobha Says:
  17. Perfect thali.. I can see that there is not much oil used in any of the dishes.

  18. Jayashree Says:
  19. Love all the different colours in the thali.

  20. anything in paneer is a total hit in my home!!! Thali looks Delicious!!!

  21. Perfect north indian meal...

  22. preeti garg Says:
  23. thali llook perfect...perfect meal...perfect color combo..

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  24. Priya Suresh Says:
  25. Super delicious spread, shahi paneer looks extremely inviting..

  26. everything looks so good, yet simple at the same the spice combo in this dish and your spinach paratha look perfect!!!

  27. Jayanthi Says:
  28. Such a comforting meal ...wish I can have it right now. Love the fact that its low fat and the healthy note is sure notable.

  29. Sravs Says:
  30. So inviting and wonderful recipe !!

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  31. wonderful platter...the paneer looks too good.beautiful color and texture!!

  32. Usha Says:
  33. Beautiful thali and the bowl of shahi paneer is mouthwatering.. appetizing color!

  34. Looks delicious and colourful.

  35. Looks yum and delicious.

  36. Looks yum and delicious.

  37. Akila Says:
  38. Wow tempting Paneer

  39. Aarthi Says:
  40. such a quick shahi paneer...Love it with hot rotis

  41. Rajani S Says:
  42. What a beutiful thali Harini! Beautiful :) The shahi paneer looks absolutely good.

  43. Pari Vasisht Says:
  44. Hi Harini,
    The platter looks delicious. Cashewnut based gravies do not need more oil as cashew has natural oils in it and you have used the fact wisely in your preparation.



  45. Shahi paneer and the paratha looks super inviting...

  46. very nicely done thaali!im hungry :)

  47. Kalyani Says:
  48. what an amazing spread.. loved the paneer curry, esp.. this one mom will def like as its without onion-garlic! must try !

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  49. Rasi Says:
  50. The thali looks very nice & the colors are superb.. Anything with paneer & i am game :)

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  51. Suma Gandlur Says:
  52. I have been loving yellow colored dishes. They stand out so vibrantly.

  53. Padmajha Says:
  54. Perfectly presented Harini. The play of colors in the click is excellent...

  55. Unknown Says:
  56. Just prepared and ate,the curry was simply superb and it gave the same taste without onion.

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  58. A delicious vegetarian feast.. Nice way to serve baingan as a pakora and use the same for a side dish too.. kids cannot resist this awesome combo!
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