Paneer Shahi Darbar

Makes: around 2 Servings of Paneer in Almond Sauce.
Paneer 8 – 10 Small Cubes
Onion 1 Large
Tomato 1 Small
Green Chile 1 – 2
Whole Almonds 1/2 Cup
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala Powder 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1/4 tsp
Kasoori Methi 1 tsp
Bay Leaf 1
Star Anise 1/2 Piece
Cilantro few Sprigs
Oil 1 Tbsp
Method of preparation:
Cut the paneer into small cubes and keep them soaked in cold water till required.
Wash and finely chop the cilantro leaves.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chile.
Wash and roughly chop the tomato.
Peel and slice the onion.
Soak almonds in warm water for couple of minutes and peel the skin.
Discard the peeled skin and grind the almonds into smooth paste adding enough water.
Heat oil in a pan, add sliced onion.
Fry till onion turns light brown in color.
Cool the fried onion to room temperature and grind onion, tomato and green chile into smooth paste.
Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, bay leaf and star anise.
Fry till cumin seeds change color, add ground onion tomato paste, almond paste, red chili powder, garam masala powder, crushed kasoori methi and salt.
Boil till oil separates from the almond gravy (around 10 minutes).
Stir in cubed paneer, cilantro and remove from heat.
Serve paneer in almond gravy with pulka or roti or with pulao.
Notes: Make sure not to over cook once the paneer is added.
Suggestions: Make sure not to burn onion while frying.
Variations: Check other recipes with paneer here. 
Other Names: Paneer in Almond Gravy. Paneer Shahi Darbar, Darbari Paneer

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