Friday 11 July 2014

Kadai Paneer - Restaurant style

Hello everyone, today I have got a recipe of Kadhai Paneer, one of my favourite dishes. Whenever I am visiting any restaurant or dhabas I never ever forget to order this. 

I tried so many recipes but not at all satisfied with the results, was not getting that restaurant flavours, thus never posted its recipe too. Then one day Jaspreet Nirula ji's  recipes clicked in my mind, he is one of my foodie friend and a very awesome cook, specially in rich cuisines, was pretty sure that he might have the solution for it too. I asked him and got a brilliant recipe. Tried it and simply loved it too. Made very minimal changes and finally very happy. Its a bit time taking recipe but believe me, its worth. So today I am dedicating my post to him. Thank you sir :)))))
So lets run through the ingredients, following the method.

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Ingredients :
  • Paneer/Cottage cheese : 200gms (Click here for the homemade paneer recipe)
  • Tomatoes : 3 medium, chopped
  • Onion : 1 small, diced
  • Capsicum/bellpeppers : 1 medium, diced
  • Fried onion paste - 1 onion (Fry in oil, blend it with a little water)
  • Ginger : 1/2 tsps
  • Garlic : 1+1/2 tsps
  • Green chillies : 2 slit
  • Kashmiri red chili powder : 1 tsp
  • Kadai Masala : 2 tsps (Click here for homemade Kadai Masala recipe)
  • Garam Masala : 1/4 tsp
  • Kasoori Methi/Dried fenugreek leaves : 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Cream : 1/2 cup (optional, I didn't add)
  • Oil : 3-4 tbsps 
  • Salt to taste
 Method :
  • Heat 1+1/2 tbsps of oil in a pan, fry the paneer cubes till light golden in colour. Once done put them in warm water with some salt.
  • In the same pan fry the diced capsicum and diced onions, maintain their crunchiness. Take them out on a plate and keep aside.
  • In the same pan add a oil (approx 1tbsp), add 1 tsp of garlic and saute. Now add the chopped tomatoes to it and fry until they are half done. 
  • Add red chili powder with 1/2 tsp salt and cook further. When oil oozes out and the tomatoes masala is cooked properly switch off the flame and keep aside.
  • In a wok/kadai add some oil, to this add 1/2 tsp of ginger and 1/2 tsp of garlic and saute. Add 1+1/2 tsps kadai masala and fry. Then add green chillies and also add the fried onion paste. Mix it well, we don't have to cook it as its already cooked.
  • Now add the tomato masala with some water (amount of water depends upon the consistency of gravy you want) and cook for a couple of minutes. 
  • Add the sauteed capsicum & onions and also the drained paneer cubes, mix well.
  • Finally add garam masala , 1/2 tsp of kadai Masala and kasoori methi and mix well.
  • If you are adding cream, add it, cover for 2-3 minutes and cook on low flame. 
  • Serve with hot chapatis, Rumalis (click here for Rumali roti recipe), laccha paratha.

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Thanks & Happy Cooking


  1. Oh my, that looks absolutely delicious. I am so going to have to try this. I didn't know you could get black cardamon as well as green, I have to find some. I am so hungry now!

    1. Thanks Heather, You will get both cardamoms in any Asian grocery stores :)

  2. I will try soon :)

  3. This looks wonderfully tasty.I love the kadai presentation too.

  4. just made it last week, always love this masala. looks awesome.

    1. apparently i made this recipe few weeks ago say august and today again searching for this one ... which means here "ur recipe was a BOMB" ... after a lot of hunt i finally gotta best kadai panner process :P

  5. Hi can you please tell how many people does this preparation size serve?

  6. Thanks for sharing such good posts.

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