Prepare time: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Serves: 4 Persons


Kadai Masala

  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3 cloves

Kadai Paneer

  • 1 tablespoon butter unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon oil 15 ml
  • 1 medium red onion 150 grams, finely chopped
  • 1 green chili sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 3-4 medium tomatoes 450 grams, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3/4 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 inch ginger julienned, divided
  • 1/2 cup water 4 oz/120 ml
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream 30 ml
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 large green bell pepper (capsicum) cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 225 grams paneer cubed, if using store-bought paneer soak it in warm water for 20-25 minutes before using
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi dried fenugreek leaves
  • cilantro to garnish

Directions For Making Kadai Paneer

Making Kadai Masala

  1. 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.
  2. Remove kadai from heat and transfer the roasted spices to a spice grinder.
  3. 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.

Making Kadai Paneer

  1. In a large kadai or any other pan, now melt butter with oil on medium heat.
  2. 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.
  3. Then add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix and cook for around 6 minutes until tomatoes are really soft.
  4. 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.
  5. Add half of the ginger julienne. Stir the spices and cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Then add 1/2 cup water and stir.
  7. Add cream, salt and sugar and mix. Cook for one minute.
  8. 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.
  9. Crush kasuri methi and add to the pan.
  10. Garnish with remaining ginger julienne and cilantro. Serve kadai paneer with naan or paratha.

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