How to make Kadai Paneer Step by Step Recipe

Kadhai Paneer is one of those other frequent dishes that Amma used to make often apart from Paneer Butter Masala. She used to mostly add capsicum and make it really sauteed to keep up to its name. When I read on net to see why and how it got its name, it wasn’t clear but it kind of referred that it’s a dry kadai recipe where the masala clings to the paneer cubes. Though Amma makes it differently, I wanted to try a new one.

Googling this took me to Sanjeev Kapoor’s and then Tarla Dalal. I decided that I would mix both and arrive at my own dish that will suit us. So finally this adaption worked out well. As such there may not be an authentic origin for this dish but guess when you love how this tastes with rotis you really will not bother about it.

Step by Step pictures to make Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer | Cottage cheese cooked in spicy kadai masala

Preparation Time – 10 mins
Cooking Time : 12-15 mins

Ingredients Needed

Paneer / Indian Cottage cheese – 300 grams
Oil – 1 tsp
Butter – 1 tsp
Whole dry red chillies – 2
Coriander seeds – 2 tablespoons
Cloves – 2
Cinnamon one inch sticks – 2
Bay leaves – 2
Onion , finely chopped – 2 medium
Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2
Red chilli powder – 2 teaspoons
Tomatoes, puree – 2 medium
Salt to taste
Green chilies – 2 long
Fresh coriander leaves, chopped – 2 tablespoons

Method to prepare:

Coarsely pulse the red chilies and coriander seeds, it should not become a fine powder.

I used homemade Paneer. Cube into 2 inch pieces.

Heat butter in Kadai, roast the paneer cubes until it turns golden in colour. Remove and keep it aside.

In the same kadai, heat oil, red chillies-coriander coarse powder, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves sauté for two minutes.

Then add the onions, silted green chilies stir. When it starts turning colour add ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder and mix well.

Continue to sauté for two minutes, add tomato puree, salt. Cover with lid and let the puree cook.

When the tomato puree is well cooked, add the roasted paneer, mix well. Finally add the coriander leaves and serve with rotis.

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Cuisine North Indian
By Diet Vegetarian
Dish Type Paneer Dishes
Cuisine North Indian
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Dish Type Paneer Dishes
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  1. Hi Srivalli.

    Firstly …nice blog. This is the first time that I have seen your blog and I must admit that I am impressed.
    I just went through your paneer recipes (paneer being my favourite…its obvious that I'd look at those recipes first). I do cook paneer at home but never fry them before I put them in a gravy (say for exaple paneer butter masala) Whenever I fry them, the texture gets spoiled. It kind of becomes as hard as rubber. Please suggest me some way out of this.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Anitha,

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving your compliments.

    When it is home made we never try them as it's not required.

    We fry them only if it's store bought. Scrub the outer layer and wash well. then cut into small pieces. Shallow fry them in ghee. Then soak them in hot water for 5 mins and add to the gravy just before switching off. This way we found the paneer to get soft texture.

    Also you should not fry them for long. Since it's a dairy product it tends to get rubbery when it comes in contact with heat.

    Do try this method and let me know.

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