How to make Kadai Paneer -

Paneer cubes cooked in spicy masala along with capsicum. A popular recipe from the Indian cuisine for the vegetarians.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Cottage cheese (paneer) (पनीर), Kadai masala

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

For more recipes related to Kadai Paneer checkout Malai Kofta Curry, Reshmi Paneer Pepper Kadai, Paneer Urad Methi, Jain Malai Kofta . You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Khatti Arbi ka Salan Potato Au Gratin Tindli Palak Saag Corn Capsicum Masala-SK Khazana

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Kadai Paneer Recipe

  • Cottage cheese (paneer) , cut into ½ inch cubes 300 grams

  • Kadai masala 1/2 teaspoon

  • Oil 3 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onions , finely chopped 2 medium

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Tomatoes , finely chopped 2 medium

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Coriander powder 2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Yogurt 3-4 tablespoons

  • Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Tomato , cut into ½ inch pieces and layers separated 1 medium

  • Onion , cut into ½ inch pieces 1 medium

  • Green capsicum , cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1/2 medium

  • Lemon 1/2

  • Fresh coriander sprigs for garnish


Step 1

Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add cumin seeds and when their color changes, add onions, mix and sauté till golden brown.

Step 2

Add ginger-garlic paste, mix and sauté for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, mix and sauté till soft and pulpy.

Step 3

Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt, mix and sauté for 1 minute. Add 1 cup water, mix and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.

Step 4

Reduce heat, add yogurt, mix and cook for 1 minute. Adjust salt and mix. Add dried fenugreek powder and mix well.

Step 5

Add tomato pieces, onion pieces and green capsicum pieces, mix and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 6

Add cottage cheese cubes and mix lightly. Add kadai masala and squeeze the juice of ½ lemon, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Step 7

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander sprigs and serve hot.

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