Kadai Paneer /Kadai Paneer Recipe

 Kadai Paneer is one delicious paneer dish in onion tomato gravy made with aromatic kadai masala .Kadai Paneer is a famous dhaba/restaurant style dish that is usually made and served in wok/kadai .Dhaba style kadai paneer goes well with Paratha /Naan or Roti .
Kadai paneer is a spicy flavourful dish  unlike other paneer dishes that uses cream yogurt or cashews. Karahi Paneer /Kadai Paneer is one of the most ordered paneer dishes in restaurants or dhabas ..Kadai paneer is a very flavourful semi dry dish  but you can adjust the gravy as per your taste buds
250 gm paneer check link for  homemade paneer recipe
1 capsicum
1 onion  roughly sliced
1 small onion cut in cubes
2 med sized tomatoes
 5 to 6 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp kasuri methi
2 to 3 tbsp oil
salt to taste

1 tbsp coriander seeds
5 to 6 peppercorns
4 to 5 dry red chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds

restaurant style kadai paneer
  • Cut capsicum paneer and onion into cubes and keep aside.
  • In  a tava dry roast the spices ,once cooled grind it to a coarse powder.
  • Heat a pan add 1 tsp oil and add the roughly chopped onions ,saute till its light brown .
  • Add ginger garlic pieces and saute and keep aside .
  • To this add the chopped tomatoes and saute till they turn soft.
  • Now grind onion tomato and ginger garlic to a puree.
  • In another pan add oil once hot add the paneer cubes and fry them till light brown and set aside.
  • Soak the fried paneer in water to turn soft you may skip this step .
  • Fry the onion and capsicum cubes too,don't let them turn brown or turn soft , just fry for 2 to 3 min and keep aside.
  • Heat a wok/kadhai add oil then add the ground paste and saute for few minutes.
  • Add in the red chilli powder and coarsely grround powder and saute till oil leaves sides.
  • Add salt ,kasuri methi and garam masala powder and mix.
  • Now add in the fried onion capsicum and paneer and mix till the masala coats the paneer .
  • You may add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup water or more if you want gravy.
  • Cook for 2 to 3 minutes switch the flame off
  • Garnish with coriander leaves serve with paratha/naan/roti.

kadhai paneer

dhaba style karahi paneer
you can add ginger garlic paste too i prefer making it like this
tomato puree can also be used.
you can skip frying the paneer .