Kadai Paneer


Kadai Paneer masala
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper corns
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamom
To Sauté Vegetables & Paneer
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 medium capsicum (diced)
  • 200g paneer/ cottage cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
Kadai Paneer Gravy
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 large tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoons coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1.5 tablespoons kadai paneer masala
  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cream

Note– Please read recipe notes in the end.

Main Equipment Used

Steps In Making

Kadai Paneer masala
  1. In a pan dry roast all the whole spices; coriander seeds, black pepper corns, dried red chillies, cumin seeds, cloves and green cardamom for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Now let it cool down and then grind the spices till it get a coarse texture. Do not make a fine powder.
To Sauté Vegetables & Paneer
  1. Heat oil in a pan and then add diced onions and sauté them for a minute on high heat. Once done remove it in a plate. Do not over cook them.
  2. Similarly sauté the capsicum for a minute and then remove it in a plate.
  3. Now add paneer and cook from each sides till it gets a nice golden brown colour on the top. Once done remove it in a plate.
Kadai Paneer Gravy
  1. In the same pan add two tablespoons oil and butter.
  2. Once the butter melts add finely chopped onions and cook them till it turn light golden brown in colour.
  3. Further add ginger garlic paste and sauté for a minute.
  4. Now add finely chopped green chillies, tomatoes and salt. Mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add all the dried spices; red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder. Add some water and cook for a minute.
  6. Now add the sautéed onions, capsicum, paneer and mix well. Let it simmer on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Finally add the kadai paneer masala and kasuri methi and let it simmer for couple of more minutes.
  8. Lastly add fresh cream and give it a gentle mix.
  9. Serve hot with nan, paratha or any Indian bread or rice.

Recipe Notes

  • You can also fry the paneer for this recipe.
  • You can adjust the quantity of kadai paneer masala as per your taste. If you prefer it more spicy then add more.
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