Kadai Paneer – One of the best Paneer recipe famous among Indian people. Main items needed to prepare this are Indian cottage cheese and bell peppers.
You can get iconic restaurant style Kadai Paneer in sitting home. You are not only saving gets its unique flavor from freshly ground spices like coriander and red chilies! Enjoy it with naan or paratha.
kadai paneer in a red color wok with a wooden spatula with blue napkin in the background
Paneer is one of my husband’s favorite vegetable (if you consider it as a vegetable that is, Indians definitely do!) and green pepper or capsicum as we call it in India is mine.
This dish is called Kadai Paneer because it’s cooked in a kadai. But if you don’t have a kadai you can simply use a wok or any other pan. I actually did not make it in a kadai!
This kadai paneer recipe gets its unique flavors from freshly ground masala. It’s called the kadai masala.
Here’s all that I added to my kadai masala
• Coriander seeds
• Dried red chilies
• Green cardamom
• Fennel seeds
- 3 tablespoons coriander seeds
Make the Kadai MasalaMake the Kadai Paneer
To a small kadai or pan, dry roast the spices for kadai masala for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat until fragrant. Add more red chilies for a spicier masala.
Remove kadai from heat and transfer the roasted spices to a spice grinder.
Let it cool down a bit and then grind to a fine powder. Set aside. You can also make this kadai masala in advance and store it.
In a large kadai or any other pan, now melt butter with oil on medium heat.
Add the chopped onion and saute for 3 minutes until softened. Then add the sliced green chili and ginger garlic paste and saute for another 1 to 2 minutes.
Then add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix and cook for around 6 minutes until tomatoes are really soft.
Then add 3 to 4 teaspoons of the kadai masala that you prepared earlier (or add the whole thing if you like it spicy). Also add the garam masala, kashmiri red chili powder.
Add half of the ginger julienne. Stir the spices and cook for 30 seconds.
Then add 1/2 cup water and stir.
Add cream, salt and sugar and mix. Cook for one minute.
Add in the paneer and bell peppers (capsicum) and mix. Cover the pan or kadai with a lid and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat until bell peppers are slightly softened. You only want them half cooked here.
Crush kasuri methi and add to the pan.
Garnish with remaining ginger julienne and cilantro. Serve kadai paneer with naan or paratha.
To make this Kadai Paneer spicier
• use double the amount of red chilies while making the kadai masala.
• use the entire kadai masala in the recipe. I have used 3 to 4 teaspoons of the masala and was left with some.
• use 1/2 teaspoon garam masala in place of 1/4.