Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer with step-by-step pictures and recipes will guide you to prepare this curry at home.  If you need an irresistible recipe to satiate your hunger pangs this Kadai Paneer is simply the best.

This Restaurant Style Kadai Paneer sabzi is very popular that has a prominent flavor of tomatoes and Kadhai masala. The gravy can be mixed with Paneer and also with an array of vegetables. Kadai Basic gravy is reddish-brown in color and very spicy because of the use of red chilies.

What is Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer is basically an Indian curry made with cubed paneer (also known as cottage cheese) cooked with onions and bell peppers and simmered in onion tomato gravy. The specialty of Kadai Paneer is that it is cooked in Kadai, an Indian Wok which is commonly available in most Indian homes. However, you can cook it in a regular non-stick pan as well. The spices used in Kadai Paneer masala are freshly ground to give amazing flavors and aroma.

Moreover, Kadai Paneer is one of the common paneer dishes that top in the menu of the restaurants. The gravy and masala are usually spicy but tastes so delicious. However, when cooking at home you can adjust the spices and chilies in the recipe as per your likings and preferences.

If you are looking for more paneer recipes, check the links below

Paneer Butter Masala
Methi Malai
Tawa Paneer Masala
Paneer Jalfrezi
Paneer Mix Vegetable

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How to make Kadai Masala at home 

Well, Kadai Paneer gets its authentic taste from the fresh ground masala which is also known as Kadai Masala. The spices used in this recipe are dry roasted till it’s aromatic and later grounded into a fine powder. Mainly, the ingredients used for this Kadai Masala are coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, dry red chilies, pepper, mace, cinnamon, and cloves. However, in my recipe, I have not shown coriander seeds in the picture as I had recently grounded coriander seeds powder, so I have added that in the recipe. All these spices lend flavourful aroma and enhance the taste of Kadai Paneer.

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You can prepare this masala in huge quantities and store the Kadai masala in a deep freezer for later use. This masala will stay fresh for up to 2 months. However, nothing can be compared to the taste of freshly pound masala. However, it is better than the store-bought Kadai Masala.

Similarly, you can also make different sabzis from this Kadai masala like Mushroom Kadai, Baby Corn Kadai, Mix Vegetable Kadai, etc.

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Kadai Paneer

Hetal Kamdar
Kadai Paneer with step-by-step pictures and recipes will guide you to prepare this curry at home.  If you need an irresistible recipe to satiate your hunger pangs this Kadai Paneer is simply the best.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 380 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • Ingredients for Kadai Masala
  • 200 grams Paneer Cubes
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 capsicum diced
  • For Kadai Masala
  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Peppercorns
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 4-5 dry red chilies
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds not shown in the picture
  • For Kadai Gravy
  • 1 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup onion paste
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 big tomato chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • pinch of sugar
  • salt as per taste

Instructions
 

  • Method for Kadai Masala
  • Firstly, heat a pan and combine all the ingredients mentioned in the List of Kadai masala. Alternatively, you can roast the spices on a Tawa or griddle as well.
  • Now dry roast all the ingredients on a lower flame or 1 minute, while stirring continuously till the aroma releases.
  • Once the spices cool down, blend in a mixer to a fine powder and keep it aside.
  • Method for Kadai Gravy
  • Heat oil or ghee in a Kadai, add ginger garlic paste and saute it for a few seconds.
  • Now add onion paste, for this chop onion into small chunks, and puree it into a blender. Saute it for 2 minutes till the onions turn brown.
  • Now add tomato puree and chopped tomatoes in it, mix well and cook it for 6-7 minutes till oil | ghee separates while stirring continuously.
  • Now add red chili powder, coriander powder, a pinch of sugar, and Kadai masala in the gravy and cook for another 2 minutes till the masala blends well in the gravy.
  • How to Make Kadai Paneer
  • Heat oil in a small pan and add onion and capsicum to it. Saute it for 2 minutes on a high flame till they are tender and brown. Keep it aside.
  • Finally, add paneer cubes, sauteed onion, capsicum, salt, and mix well. Cook on a slow flame for another 4-5 minutes while stirring in between and serve it hot with roti or naan.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 12gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 389mgPotassium: 653mgFiber: 6gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 1342IUVitamin C: 102mgCalcium: 402mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Kadai Paneer, Kadai Paneer Masala, Paneer Kadai
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Step-by-step method of Kadai Paneer

Method for Kadai Masala
1. Firstly, heat a pan and combine all the ingredients mentioned in the List of Kadai masala. Alternatively, you can roast the spices on a Tawa or griddle as well.

2. Now dry roast all the ingredients on a lower flame or 1 minute, while stirring continuously till the aroma releases.

3. Once the spices cool down, blend in a mixer to a fine powder and keep it aside.

roasting spices for Kadai Paneer Masala | Kadai Paneer Gravy | Kadai Paneer Sabzi

Method for Kadai Gravy

4. Heat oil or ghee in a Kadai, add ginger garlic paste and saute it for a few seconds.

5. Now add onion paste, for this chop onion into small chunks, and puree it into a blender. Saute it for 2 minutes till the onions turn brown.

6. Now add tomato puree and chopped tomatoes in it, mix well and cook it for 6-7 minutes till oil | ghee separates while stirring continuously.

7. Now add red chili powder, coriander powder, a pinch of sugar, and Kadai masala in the gravy and cook for another 2 minutes till the masala blends well in the gravy.

preparing gravy for Kadai Paneer Masala | Kadai Paneer Gravy | Kadai Paneer Sabzi

How to Make Kadai Paneer

7. Heat oil in a small pan and add onion and capsicum to it. Saute it for 2 minutes on a high flame till they are tender and brown. Keep it aside.

8. Finally, add paneer cubes, sauteed onion, capsicum, salt, and mix well. Cook on a slow flame for another 4-5 minutes while stirring in between and serve it hot with roti or naan.

simmer paneer cubes, onion and capsicum in Kadai Paneer Masala | Kadai Paneer Gravy | Kadai Paneer Sabzi

Kadai paneer masala served with butter roti, tomatoes and onion slices | Kadai Paneer Masala | Kadai Paneer Sabzi | Kadai PaneerRecipe Notes

  • For best Kadai Paneer sabzi, it is advisable to use freshly ground spices for the gravy.
  • Also, use fresh spices and not too old, else there won’t be much flavor to it and the sabzi will not taste good.
  • If you do not have time to prepare fresh Kadai Masala, then you can use Garam masala, however, the taste will change a bit.
  • Using red dry Kashmiri chilies will give a good color to the gravy and also won’t be too spicy.
  • You can fry the paneer cubes and soak it in water also to use it in this recipe.
  • The best way is to use fresh paneer, either home-made or store-bought. If you are using frozen paneer, then keep it in hot water for 15 minutes before mixing it in the gravy.


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