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Kadai Paneer

Usually this curry is served hot in small kadai (Deep curved pan). Kadai are very common in India. You can serve it in a kadai to give a restaurant touch.
  Paneer 250 Gram
  Onions 2 Medium, finley chopped
  Onions 2 Medium, finely chopped
  Tomatoes 2 , chopped
  Green pepper 1
  Oil 3 Tablespoon
  Coriander powder 1 Tablespoon
  Garam masala powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Red chilli powder 1 Teaspoon
  Dry fenugreek leaves 1⁄2 Teaspoon (kasoori methi)
  Ginger paste 1 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1 Inch
  Cloves 2
  Green cardamom 1
  Bay leaf 1
  Cilantro 1 Teaspoon (few for garnishing)

1. Cut paneer and green peppar into cubes.
2. Heat oil in a kadai and add cinnamon, cardamom, bayleaf, cloves and cumin. Saute for about 5 seconds.
3. Now add the chopped onion and fry till translucent.
4. Now add the ginger paste and saute for a while.
5. Add green pepper, tomatoes and salt and cook till the tomatoes are mushy. Lower the heat completely.
6. Now add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, kasoori methi and garam masala powder, mix well and cook for about 30 seconds. If you find the masala very dry just sprinkle a bit of water.
7. Finally add the paneer cubes and mix it well. Cover and cook on a low flame for about 3-4 minutes.
8. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
9. Serve hot with any Indian bread.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Christmas, Diwali, Wedding
Holiday, Kids, Healthy
Milk Product, Vegetable
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes
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Snigdha's picture
Love this dish. Its one of my favorite varieties on Paneer apart from Saag Paneer. Its wonderful with Rotis/Chapathis. I am going make this for lunch tomorrow.
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Yes Snigdha, You are right...This is one of my favorites too...Love this with chapatis...Await for your feedback :)
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Really a wonderful recipe of Kadai Paneer. I like this dish very much. Whenever I organize any party with my friends , this dish is generally included as a part of the menu. It is absolutely delicious.This dish makes our party more enjoyful. Thanks for posting this nice and delicious Kadai Paneer recipe.
rice's picture
Usually i dont like paneer. but this dish looks delicious. i m going to try this definitely.
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Yes Ganesh you are right...This recipe saves a lot of time if you are preparing this for parties as this is very easy to make. Thanks rice for your comments...
Snigdha's picture
Hi Sarita. I am just done cooking this one and it looks and tastes truly delicious. I added colorful peppers since I had some in the refrigerator, otherwise the rest of the recipe remains the same.
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Thank you Snigdha...
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Paneer is a healthy, protein-rich food. The nutrition value of 100 gms of paneer provides 18.3 gms of protein, 20.8 gms of fat, 2.6 gms of minerals, 1.2 gms of carbohydrates, 265 kcal of energy, 208 mgs of calcium, 138 mg of phosphorous. It contains reasonably good amounts of fat and cholesterol. Firm tofu has a similar texture and consistency so it can be used in place of paneer as a non-dairy substitute.
shantihhh's picture
Has anyone made paneer with Fat free milk? Last niht I made Sag Paneer Makhanwala using Desi Brand Paneer but homemade is better, and I am sure it has high fat grams. Shanti/Mary-Anne
Radzie's picture
That's a wonderful paneer you have up there. Is the paneer you have used the readymade one or did you prepare it at home. I have tried to prepare paneer a couple of times at home, but getting it in neat cubes was a lil difficuly or I can say, i couldn't get it done properly. Can u please share with me, if you know the right way to male paneer at home?
Sarita.Bhandarkar's picture
Thanks Radzie. i used store bought paneer. For making the paneer at home please follow this link:'s picture
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful dish. Family will love it.
Anonymous's picture
I tried this recipe, and it was a hit!! I have already added the link to my favorites.. Well done; Excellent recipe!!
Anonymous's picture
I tried this recipe, and it was a hit!! I have already added the link to my favorites.. Well done; Excellent recipe!!
Anonymousdejani's picture
thanks, ilike this paneer. its nice ilove with roti ¶tha.
genilia's picture
i love this dish .paneer give energy to our body
Anonymous's picture
Good recipe.
Anonymous's picture
Good recipie....Love it
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