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Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

My 185th recipe, “Kadai Paneer”, an extremely flavorful North Indian side. I am a Paneer Butter Masala girl. Yeah, that is what I generally order when I visit a restaurant. And whenever I want an appetizer I would quickly choose Chilli Paneer. It doesn’t mean that I do not like Kadai Paneer. It is just that the bell peppers added in Kadai Paneer annoys me, since I am not a big fan of the same.

At restaurants here, I do not get a choice to control the quantity of bell peppers added. So at most times I end up being served a Kadai Paneer which is overdosed with bell peppers and I have to keep searching for the paneer pieces in between. Since I was always assuming that it was a difficult process to make Kadai paneer at home, I did not dare to give it a try at home. But this time around I wanted to invest some time in making a Kadai paneer at home, no matter what, so that I can enjoy it along with some Jeera rice for lunch.

My hunt ended in a recipe on Youtube by Chef Harpal Singh. Only when I watched the video, did I realize that it was such an easy recipe and I had missed out on it till now. With the addition of freshly ground spices, the kadai paneer was extremely fragrant and flavorful. The tomatoes gave the perfect acidity, juiciness to the dish and it was just the right kind of side. A wonderful dish to have along with chapati or any Indian flatbread or even jeera rice / pulao 🙂

kadai paneer

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

Revathi Palani
Kadai paneer is an easy to make North Indian side made from Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) and perfect as a side for any Indian flatbread (chapati) or rice.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 packet Paneer (14 oz or 396 gms)
  • Tomato - 2 large + 1 medium (finely chopped, cubed)
  • 1 tsp Salt (adjust per taste)
  • 1/2 inch Ginger (Julinenned)
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1 medium Onion (cubed)
  • 1/2 medium Green Bell Pepper (cubed)
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 large pinch Kasoori Methi
  • Coriander leaves - For garnish

To dry roast and grind

  • 2 Dry red chilli
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 2 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 3/4 tsp Black pepper

To temper

  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera
  • 2 Dry red chilli
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds

Instructions
 

  • First cut the paneer into large chunks and keep it immersed in warm water until use. Skip this step if using homemade paneer. Also, chop up the veggies and keep aside.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-1.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-2.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />
  • In a large pan, dry roast all ingredients mentioned under "To dry roast and grind". Take care not to burn them. Turn off the flame and let to cool down to room temperature. Grind into a coarse powder and keep aside.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-3.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-4.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" /><br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-5.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-6.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />
  • Heat the pan with oil and add the ingredients mentioned under "To temper" in the given order. Once the coriander seeds just start to change color, add the finely chopped tomatoes, salt. Saute until the tomato turns mushy.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-7.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-8.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />
  • Add the ginger and continue to saute until the tomato mixture thickens. Add the red chilli powder, 1 tsp of the ground masala powder and continue to saute until the oil oozes out of the mixture.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-9.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-10.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" /><br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-11.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-12.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />
  • Now add the chopped onion, bell peppers and tomatoes to the pan. Give a quick mix. Add the garam masala powder and saute until well combined. Add the paneer to the pan and qive a quick mix.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-13.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-14.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" /><br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-15.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-16.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />
  • Crush the kasoori methi with your palms and add it to the pan. Also, add a additional 1/2 tsp of the ground masala powder. Saute until everything is combined well. Turn off the flame. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-17.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-18.jpg" alt="paneer" width="48%" />
  • Serve hot with naan, chapati or jeera rice, pulao, etc.
    <br><br><img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-paneer-1.jpg" alt="kadai paneer" width="100%" />&nbsp;<img src="//revisfoodography.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/kadai-paneer-2.jpg" alt="kadai paneer" width="100%" />

Notes | FAQ

- While dry roasting the spices, take care not to burn them. Else the paneer will taste bitter.
- We are adding only about 1 1/2 tsp of the ground masala powder to the dish. There will be some leftover which you can store in an airtight container and reserve for later use.
- You can adjust the quantity of ground masala powder added based on the spiciness level you desire.
- Do not saute for a long time after adding the paneer to the pan. The paneer will turn rubbery.
Recipe Rating




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Vaishnavi

Saturday 14th of August 2021

Made it today.. Was awsome. Especially no garlic.. Bored of using ginger garlic paste. Was so flavourful. And easy too????

Swati

Saturday 16th of June 2018

I always have cooked shahi paneer recipe and never tried a single thing new but after coking this delightful taste of kadai paneer my idea have totally changed. thank you so much for this wonderful recipe, i will more of your paneer recipes.

revifood

Tuesday 19th of June 2018

Thanks Swati :-)

Jyothi Rajesh

Saturday 9th of April 2016

This dish is bursting with flavors. I'm craving for some spicy, chatpata dish now Revathi :D

revifood

Sunday 10th of April 2016

Thanks Jyothi :-)

Rani

Thursday 17th of March 2016

I made it for lunch and it was really good. Tweaked some to my preference with what I had. I added 1 long chinese eggplant and used 2 large tomatoes. subbed Firm tofu 14oz for paneer as I did not have any at home. Skipped Coriander seeds to the tempering as we do not like it whole in the dishes.

revifood

Friday 18th of March 2016

Thanks Rani, glad to hear that you liked it :-)

Catherine

Wednesday 16th of September 2015

My brother and I just made this for dinner - it was AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much. Such a wonderful full-on but fresh flavour. We also made our own paneer which was surprisingly easy and DELICIOUS. Happy happy tastebuds.

revifood

Wednesday 16th of September 2015

Hi Catherine, great to hear that you liked this recipe. Always fun to cook and eat with family :-)

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