Kadai Paneer Recipe (Restaurant Style)

Kadai Paneer Recipe
Kadai paneer is a a spicy tomato based sidedish for chapathi or even rice....This is the easiest paneer recipe that I make when I want to make a quick fix for lunch or dinner.I am fond of trying out new paneer dishes because I'm bored of trying the same PB masala so this recipe is my latest addiction.

I have updated the recipe and the pics with stepwise as few readers had requested for it long back.One fine lazy afternoon, googled to find out other paneer recipes and this kadai paneer caught my eye, and set out to try it. It turned out to be a hit at home. Paneer cooked in tomato coriander sauce simmed in a kadai - do u need any other tempting description?! :)
Kadai Paneer Recipe

Kadai Paneer Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Paneer - 1 cup cubed
Capsicum - 1 cubed (I used half green and half red)
Tomatoes - 2 tbsp cubed
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Dhania(Coriander) powder - 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Green chillies - 1 chopped
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp chopped
Salt - to taste

For grinding:

Tomatoes - 2
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Red Chillies - 2


  1. Dry roast coriander seeds and red chillies seperately and grind it with tomato to a fine paste.Dry roasted coriander seeds and red chillies can be coarsely powdered seperately and added too. But I find it easy to combine with tomatoes and grind, either way no big difference in taste.
    Kadai Paneer Recipe - Step1
  2. Heat half a tsp of oil, add cubed paneer and toast it until it turns golden brown. Transfer the toasted paneer to hot water for 5mins, drain and keep aside(this is to retain the softness of the paneer). Heat remaining oil in a pan, add green chillies and ginger garlic paste saute for a minute.
    Kadai Paneer Recipe - Step2
  3. Then add onions, tomato cubes and saute till raw smell leaves and onions turn slightly browned. Then add the tomato puree(with coriander seeds and red chillies grinded). Add chilli powder, garam masala powder and dhania powder, give a quick stir.Add required salt.Kadai Paneer Recipe - Step3
  4. Add kasoori methi ,Next add the capsicum and saute till its cooked but retain its crunchiness dont let it become very soft. Add 1/4 cup water and allow it to boil and thicken.Kadai Paneer Recipe - Step4
  5. Sprinkle little water if its too dry.Add the paneer cubes mix well. Add chopped coriander leaves, gives quick stir and switch off.Kadai Paneer Recipe - Step5
Kadai Paneer Recipe

My Notes:

This can be served with rotis or mild pulaos. We had it with kuska biriyani and enjoyed the meal. The highlight of kadai paneer is freshly ground coriander powder with the flavour of capsicum an kasoori methi - Spicy, flavourul and yum.
Kadai Paneer Recipe

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