How to make Kadai Paneer -

Indian cottage cheese or paneer cooked in onion tomato gravy with kadai masala and no yogurt or cream is used. This restaurant style kadai paneer gravy turns out to be very flavorful and delicious, stands out among the other restaurant style paneer dishes

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Paneer (cottage cheese) (पनीर), Fennel seeds (saunf) (सौंफ)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

For more recipes related to Kadai Paneer checkout Paneer Butter Masala, Paneer Manchurian, Shahi Paneer, Malai Kofta Curry . You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Aloo Ka Saag Soya Keema Tinda Lauki Kofta Curry Shehenshahi Gobhi

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer Recipe Card


English: Cottage Cheese
A favourite with the vegetarians, paneer made from milk is quite common, especially paneer recipes are quite popular in the Indian subcontinent. You can make it fresh, chhena – an another version or just use the ones that are readily available in the market to prepare everything from simple snacks, curries, sabzis, mithais, desserts and the likes. An ingredient that can be relished in the raw form too – try serving it as a starter just sprinkled with a little chaat masala, black salt and chilli powder!

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Kadai Paneer Recipe

  • Paneer (cottage cheese) 200 grams

  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 2 tablespoons

  • Coriander seeds 3 tablespoons

  • Black peppercorns 1/2 teaspoons

  • Kashmiri red chillies dried 4

  • Oil 2-3 tablespoons

  • Tomatoes chopped 6 medium

  • Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Ginger cut into juliennes 1 inch

  • Onion cut into cubes 1/2 medium

  • Green capsicum 1/2 medium

  • Tomato 1 medium

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) 1 teaspoon


Step 1

To make kadai powder, dry roast 2 red chillies, fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 2 tablespoons coriander seeds, peppercorns till fragrant. Cool and grind into a coarse powder.

Step 2

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add remaining cumin seeds and red chillies and sauté till seeds crackle.

Step 3

Add remaining coriander seeds, tomatoes, mix and sauté for 5-6 minutes or till tomatoes are pulpy.

Step 4

Cut cottage cheese into cubes.

Step 5

Add 1 tablespoon kadai powder and mix well. Add onion cubes and capsicum cubes.

Step 6

Cut tomato into cubes and add. Mix well and add cottage cheese cubes. Toss to mix and cook for a minute.

Step 7

Add garam masala powder, toss to mix and cook for ½ a minute. Add dried fenugreek leaves and toss to mix.

Step 8

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon kadai powder on top and serve hot.

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