Sunday, December 5, 2010

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


Method:

  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 is semidry kadai paneer.It is thick but not dry its saucy that it can pair with chapathi or even with rice.
  • Kadai paneer can be made gravy kind too by adding 2 more tomatoes and switching off when the gravy consistency is reached.
  • Dont skip the kasoori methi as it gives a nice and unique flavour to the gravy.
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


Written by: SHARMILEE J

69 comments:

  1. nice n inviting kadai paneer!

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  2. Iressistable Pic! I had made it yesterday for dinner.. I and my hubby are an absolute fan of paneer!

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  3. Prefer always kadai paneer to BPM,but rarely make at home,hehe..You have made it sounds so easy,soon to try at home :)

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  4. சூப்பராக இருக்கு சர்மிளா...எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்தது...படங்கள் அழகு...

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  5. My God such a tempting photograph... this one sure goes to my to do list... Sharmi, thanks for sharing the recipe !
    By the way, after reading abt nilgiri's jam in one of your post, i had to buy them and they are really good... without any added color and the taste too is like homemade ...:)

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  6. looks awesome and delicious...

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  7. A very tempting panner gravy! I love some white rice with them for this chilly weather we are having here.

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  8. Kadai Paneer looks so tempting. Would be perfcet with rice :-)

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  9. I too do kadai paneer same way.. and my very very fav too. Pictures are gorgeous Sharmi and Good to know u enjoyed Black Forest Trifle.

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  10. delicious paneer curry my favourite
    check out the event in my site with a giveaway regards

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  11. Delicious kadai paneer...makes me hungry,irresistible.

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  12. That looks absolutely delicious this kadai paneer!

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  13. that looks awesome sharmi.even iam bored with the usual paneer butter masala.Will try kadai paneer next time.clicks r too good esp the 2nd one

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  14. looks soooo tempting. next weekend try panren.

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  15. Awesome looking kadahi paneer, I love it with hot poories :)

    US Masala

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  16. Thats a super delicious recipe. love kadhai paneer and your presentation is very good.
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  17. so yummy n gives a restaurant look...i luv paneer,will try this soon n let u knw..

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  18. Slurp, very tempting click Sharmi, i never say no to anything with paneer, irresistible kadai paneer..

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  19. I'm game for anything paneer - awesome! :)

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  20. Seriously tempting paneer dish dear! Can't take my eyes off from them! :D

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  21. oh wow!! yummy yumm!!!! looks so delicious..

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  22. You have made it sound pretty simple Sharmilee..
    Kadai is god damn cute.. Nice clicks...:)

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  23. wow, that kadahi paneer does look very tempting and your chocolate cake recipe sure was a big mouth watering one :)

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  24. Kadai paneer looks delicious..very very tempting, Sharmi

    Aaha Oho

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  25. looks spicy and delicious...
    nice clicks :)

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  26. Wow! I just need a hot phulka to grab the kadai and finish it.

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  27. this is awesome, mouthwatering and 2nd pic is making me want them right now :)

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  28. thanx for visiting my blog and leaving wonderful comments..kadai paneer looks so tempting...wow! great click!
    keep visting!

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  29. That sounds beyond amazing..I can almost taste it from here..( I wish ) droooooooool...;D
    Tasty appetite

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  30. First time i am here..its so good with yummy recipes..

    i liked your kadai panner recipe..thank you for sharing..i have book marked your recipe..

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  31. @Charitha : Thanks a lot for ur lovely words!!

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  32. frst time here...lukin superb,,,,happy to follow u..

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  33. This is the first time I tried a paneer recipe @ home and it came out yummy. Thanks Sharmilee

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  34. @Megha : Thats great to hear...keep visiting! :)

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  35. Hi Sharmi: I made this recipe and your methi matar malai recipes twice already, and it was a great hit in our house.

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  36. I think you forgot the salt loll

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  37. im 17 yrs old n this is d 1st dish im gonna try making jst now........let u kw hw it came up.......gonna give my mom a surprise :) or pbobably a shock :(------mohua

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  38. I m of 16 & i m crazy about all the paneer dishes so thanks alot to to show such a step by step procedure with the photographs & now i m gonna try dis
    awesome yaar..........

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  39. hi, am Shyamlee, but everyone call me Sharmilee... what a ithefaq, Your dish looks very simple and great, actually i do only paneer butter masala all these days, now i'll try this...good projection..

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  40. Hi!! I had chanced upon you site while searching for an easy recipe for Kadhai Paneer since i was hosting a lunch party at my place. The recipe came out great post a few modifications ( like extra red chilly and a dollop of butter as we Punjabi's love butter and chilly). It was a big hit among the guests and i was showered with lots of praise since it tasted just like it does at the restaurant :)
    A BIG thanks from my side for posting such an easy to make recipe :)
    Thanks a ton!!!

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  41. HI sharmilee.....I made this Kadhai Paneer in the same way as you explained....and it turn out so good..........

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  42. I new to Kitchen and have no idea about spices what so ever. Your recipe looks great and it is a great help for amateurs like me. I was just wondering what if I add a bit of cream to this? how will the taste or look be?

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  43. @Soma : It is a dru curry, so if you want to add cream make it gravy kind and add it, no worries at all cream will add a richer taste only :)

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  44. hey i tried it... n its too gud.. jus luvd it...:):)

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  46. Hello There,

    1st of all we r thankful for the process with images, we cooked the same way but didn't used capsicum and it was good.

    As we are all boys live on sharing biases and it made our lunch wonderful.

    Thanks Once again.

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  47. Thank you sharmi for making me and my hubby happy.........tastes awesomilicious.

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  48. Superb !!!! Thanks for posting this one!!!!

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  49. Your recipes turn out beautifully - this was no different!

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  50. I tried this last night and it came out delicious!!!! thanks for the simple recipe...:)

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  51. Beautiful dish.... Nice photos to go along the step by step cooking method. Bravo, great job dear!

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  52. We just tried it in our home today. It was awesome and perfect.

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  53. We tried in our home. It was awesome and perfect!!

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  54. I learnt soaking Panner in hot water for 5 mts. gives that spongy texture only today.
    Thank you.

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  55. we just tried in our home today.it was awesome and perfect .beautiful dish.nice photos to go along the step by step looking method.thank u.

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  56. Hi Sharmi, I tried this today and it came out really. Love your step by step details of the recipe. Thanks a lot:)

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  57. Hi where do we get kasuri methi
    Looks delicious wanna try but not sure where to get kasuri methi ...

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    1. You can get kasuri methi in any supermarket....

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