Kadai Paneer

Ashwani R, December 2, 2015

Kadai paneer  is a slightly spicy and tangy gravy mix of cottage cheese which is mostly cooked with  farm fresh tomatoes, freshly ground coriander and dry  ground red chilies in a Pan (kadai) garnished with cream and corrinder leaves. This is a famous dish in North India among vegetarians.

Serving Size of Kadai Paneer : 3

Ingredients for Kadai Paneer

  1. Paneer    : 1 and 1/2 Paneer or Cottage cheese cut in to long pieces
  2. Oil       : 1 Teaspoon
  3. Onion   : 3 Medium Onion Pureed
  4. Tomato    : 3 Large Pureed
  5. Ginger garlic paste : 2 Teaspoons (1.5 inch ginger, chopped + 7-8 medium sized garlic)
  6. Red Chilli powder : 1 Teaspoon
  7. Corriander powder : 1 Teaspoon
  8. Turmeric Powder  : 1/4 Teaspoon
  9. Garam masala   : 1 Teaspoon
  10. Bayleaf   : 2 nos
  11. Cloves   : 3 nos
  12. Cinnamom   : 1 inch stick
  13. Corriander Leaves  : Few
  14. Ghee    : 2 Teaspoon
  15. Salt    : As per requirement
  16. Kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves : 1/2 Tablespoon
  17. cream (optional) : 2 Teaspoon

Directions to Prepare Kadai Paneer

  1. Heat ghee in a Kadai(Pan) and saute the cottage cheese pieces till golden brown.
  2. Keep the paneer aside soaking  them in water.
  3. Add Ghee in the heated Kadai and fry the paneer until golden brown. Soak them in water (around 4 to 5 cups)
  4. Saute the  bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon sticks, onion paste and ginger garlic paste till it is turned in to golden brown color  in the same pan.
  5. Mix red chilli powder,  kasuri methi, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala. Allow them to boil
  6. Add tomato puree and mix again and cook them till oil surfaces
  7. Add the drained paneer and salt
  8. Add 2 Tablespoon of cream at the end. Stir the cream gently in the gravy(optional).

Note: Some preparation adds 1/2 cup of  sliced fresh Capsicum(bel pepper) before garnishing and cook for 2 -3 minutes. Capsicum adds the texture and crunch to the dish. If you like crunchy capsicum in the gravy, do cook the capsicum only 70%

You can Serve kadai paneer gravy with naan, rotis, steamed white rice or jeera rice.

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