Kadai Paneer is a very popular side dish that is usually served with chapathis or rotis. It also happens to be a hot favorite with my kids to order when they head to a Restaurant. Making restaurant style kadai paneer at home is not very difficult at all. In fact, kadai paneer is one of the easiest paneer recipe
that you can make at home. It can either be made as a dry subzi or a semi gravy dish depending on your preferences. The masala needs to coat the paneer cubes well and the juices should have been absorbed well by the paneer to taste right.
Kadai Paneer Recipe
Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 25 mins | Serves: 4
Recipe Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Category: Side dish, Main
- Paneer Cubes (Cottage Cheese) – 1 cup
- Onion, medium – 2
- Tomato, large – 3
- Capsicum (Bell pepper), big – 1
- Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
- Cinnamon – 1 inch stick
- Cardamom – 2
- Cloves – 2
- Whole coriander seeds – 2 tsp
- Whole dry red chilies – 2
- Bay leaf – 1
- Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
- Red chili powder – 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
- Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
- Kasuri methi (Dried fenugreek leaves) – 2 tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Oil or ghee – 2 tbsp
- I cut the paneer slab into triangle shapes instead of cubes. Chop the capsicum into big cubes and keep it ready. Chop the onion and tomatoes and keep it ready.
- Heat a pan. Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, coriander seeds, red chilies and dry roast for 2 mins over low flame till the aroma arises. Take care not to burn them. Transfer to a plate and let it cool. Powder it fine and keep aside.
Heat a wide pan with either oil or ghee or a combination of both. Add cumin seeds and when it sizzles, add bay leaf, onions, ginger garlic paste
and sauté over low flame will the onions turn pink.
- Now add tomato, a pinch of salt and sauté for 3-4 mins till the tomato turns mushy.
Now add capsicum, red chili powder
, turmeric powder, salt, 1/4 cup water and mix well. Close the pan with a lid and cook for 2-3 minutes. By now the capsicum would have softened and the raw smell of the chili powder would be gone.
- Now add the sliced or cubed paneer, coriander leaves, ground spice powder, mix well.
- Sprinkle about 1/4 cup water, if the curry is thick. Close the pan with a lid, leaving a small gap and let it cook for 5-7 minutes over low flame. Switch off flame and add crushed methi leaves. Mix well and keep the pan closed with a lid till serving.
- Kadai Paneer is ready to be served with hot chapathis/rotis, phulkas or Naan.
- Adjust the chilli powder according to your spice level.
- I was able to get hold of malai paneer that was so soft and moist, so added it as such. But you can also shallow fry the paneer cubes in either ghee or oil and then add it to the gravy.
- Cook over medium low flame for the spice powders to coat the paneer cubes well.
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I'm sure you will also like this creamy, mildly spiced, restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala
, which is a no onion, no garlic recipe, perfect when you are fasting (vrat) and not supposed to include onions and garlic in the diet.
Labels: Gluten Free, Lunch Box Recipes, Paneer Recipes, Side Dishes - Chappatis / Rotis