Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kadai Paneer-Kadai Paneer Recipe-How to make Kadai paneer

Kadai Paneer is a very simple and tasty dish make with Indian cottage cheese/paneer and capsicum. Kadai means wok and paneer means cottage cheese.This dish is typically served in kadai in restaurants. I used homemade paneer, so it was very soft and tasty. Today we will learn how to prepare Kadhai paneer following our easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer-How to make Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Paneer Recipes
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Paneer -175 grams
   Green capsicum/Bell pepper - 1 big
   Onion -1 big
   Ginger garlic paste -1 tsp
   Tomato Puree - 1 cup

   Spice powder

   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Red chilli powder-3/4-1 tsp
   Garam Masala Powder/Kitchen king masala- 1/2 tsp
   Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
   Cumin Powder - 3/4 tsp
   Salt needed

   Kasoori methi - 1 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Jeera/Cumin seeds seeds - 1 tsp

   For garnishing

   Coriander leaves finely chopped - 1 tbsp
   Dairy cream/amul cream - 1 tbsp (optional but recommended)


Cut paneer into small cubes and shallow fry the paneer slightly. Keep it aside.

Cut capsicum into squares and saute it separately in just 2 tsp of oil. The capsicums should retain its crunchiness, so do not overcook.

Cut onion into squares.

Put 2 or 3 tomatoes in boiling water and switch it off. After 10 minutes, remove its skin and puree it. Keep 1 cup of tomato puree ready.

fried paneer and capsicum


Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a kadai, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add onions and saute until onions turn golden brown. Stir continuously for even browning. Add a little salt to speed up the process. Keep the flame on medium.

Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

Then add tomato puree, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala and salt needed.

preparing kadai paneer

Cook well until oil separates. Look at the picture of the gravy below. Once the tomato puree is well cooked, add paneer cubes and cook for 2-3 minutes on low flame. (do not add paneer without cooking the tomatoes well)

Kadai paneer recipe

Then add the capsicum and cook covered for another 2-3 minutes. You can add 1 or 2 tbsp of water, if the sabzi  is too dry. This sabzi will be semi dry.

Then add finely chopped coriander leaves and crushed kasuri methi. (add kasoori methi by rubbing between your palms as it will enhance the flavor).

how to make kadai paneer

Garnish with a tbsp of fresh cream to make it rich.(dairy cream -you can use amul cream)

If you want kadai paneer gravy, then add a little water and cook for a few more minutes until well blended.

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  1. Pass me the plate please,one of my fav combos,looks very tempting.

  2. hmm looks lovely.. loved the simple recipe.

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  4. Very tempting kadai paneer, feel like finishing rite now..

  5. Kadai paneer looks perfect and that combo with rotis is somethg to die for.

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  7. Delicious looking paneer recipe. Like the capsicum deco.

    Lite Bite

  8. homemade paneer is the best. looks so delicious.

  9. Colorful dish and yummy one too... you are very creative with your presentation of the dish... I always look forward to your presentations, I do read the recipe but only after enjoying the beautiful pictures and carving.. :)


  10. Kadai paneer looks very nice Padhu.

  11. wow..lovely...my fav...this really tempting!

  12. Hey padhu ,kadai paneer looks delicious , awesome click !

  13. Looks so delicious..pass me that plate pls

  14. Yummy.. I love this dish! A regular at my home!

  15. Very tempting kadai paneer, looks so delicious.

  16. Kadai paneer looks delicious Padhu

  17. The kadhai paneer is soooo tempting and you have presented it in such a cute way padhu :)

  18. Wow nice recipe dear...

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  19. my fav dish! this was one of this first sanjeev kapoor recipes i ever tried. ur version looks really delicious! luv the cute presentation.

  20. looks yummy and a lovely pic too..

  21. u make us to cook ,by ur presentation....

  22. Paneer and roti, right combination.

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  24. This yummy kadai paneer,deserves an award, so grab it from my blog padhu....

  25. Looks too good and perfect.. thanks for sharing !!

  26. Superb luks great, m goona try this tonite...

  27. Hi how r You. I just prepared Kadai Panneer n it came very tasty. Thank you for a nice receipe. I saw all ur receipes n all r really so good. Few days before i got ur website thru surfing the net. Almost everyday im trying atlest one of ur receipes.my family members like them so much.Once again thank you. Bye Saritha

  28. I tried ur kadai paneer recipe.It was really tasty & my family enjoyed it so much.Thanks to Padhus Kitchen for sharing.

  29. Sounds easy for a novice cook like myself!

  30. really good taste... my hubby liked it... Thanks Padhu

  31. Loved it..I had a craving for paneer and decided to try this this one. ( I have tried some of your other paneer recipes which were fantastic. ). Needless to say this hit the bulls eye and me and my hus licked the plate clean. ..Keep up the good work. ...

  32. Yummy padhu, I tried this recipe and it came out well

  33. First time tried to prepare panneer masala and that too in ur style. That came out really tasty. Even a beginner can make food tasty with ur recipes. Thank u padhu. I became fan of ur recipes.

  34. I had made Homemade Kadai Masala Powder as given in one of your earlier recipes. But when do I add that powder to Paneer kadai recipe?

    1. If you have made my Homemade Kadai Masala Powder - after adding the tomato puree and turmeric powder, add the kadai masala powder. You do not have to add coriander powder, garam masala, chilli powder and cumin powder separately as the kadai masala powder itself has everything.

  35. tried it out... was very tasty :) thanks Padhu :)

  36. How can I add some gravy to this recipe?

  37. Hello.. a big fan.. made this for my school potluck.. awaiting comments.


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