Kadai Paneer is a mouthwatering recipe made from paneer that’s cooked in a spicy gravy made of onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and traditional Indian spices.
“I would like to order one Kadai Paneer and Butter Naan please!” This is the statement I have been hearing ever since I can remember. This was the standard order of my bestie who was also my next door neighbor whenever we went to any restaurant. Those days the relationships with neighbors was much more cohesive than today. We would practically live in each other’s homes, eat and sometimes even sleep there until our respective mom’s would come looking for us. We knew (and still do) each other’s family secrets, we loved the people they loved and hated the ones they hated as a team. Every birthday and anniversary in our families was celebrated together. We would all go dining together.
All these wonderful memories growing up set the base of our never-ending friendship. We knew things about each other so well, that we could complete each other’s sentences. Whenever we all would go to any restaurant, my bestie would order this wonderful paneer dish called Kadai Paneer. No amount of convincing and coaxing would make her change her mind. She still loves this dish that much, only now she listens to her daughter and orders what she wants. Guess, only motherhood could change you. Even though we are miles away today, she in South Africa and me in the US, I cannot resist a smile whenever I read the name Kadai Paneer on any menu card.
While talking to her the other day, we were reminiscing about her fascination for this dish which she still secretly carries. That is when she asked me if I have featured this recipe on Cookilicious and threw a tantrum when knowing that I hadn’t. I decided to make it the very same day and dedicate this post to her and to our friendship. The recipe I followed is hers. Add ghee in a pan and temper cumin seeds. Then add minced garlic, green chillies and ginger paste to the pan. Fry for 30-45 seconds and then add onion paste. Fry for a minute or till the raw smell goes away and then add tomato puree.
Add salt and continue to saute till the tomato puree comes to a boil. Meanwhile, mix chilly powder, coriander cumin powder, turmeric powder, curry powder and salt in a bowl and add milk to it. Let it sit for a minute and then add it to the pan. Let it cook for 2 minutes, then add chopped bell peppers and paneer (cut in cubes). Continue to saute for 3-4 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and lime juice.
Serve it warm with some naan/roti. I sent this pic to my friend and she was all pleased and happy that I dedicated a post for her. Actually we too love anything with paneer in it. Paneer is India’s answer to Tofu. It’s really difficult to make a paneer lover enjoy tofu. The one time I loved tofu was when I made Vegan Tofu Tikka Masala. This protein rich paneer works like potatoes, they can be added to any dish and it immediately elevates the taste. This dish gets its name from Kadai, an Indian wok, which is essential for cooking Indian cuisines and used here to give smoky flavor to paneer (Indian cottage cheese).
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Kadai Paneer Recipe
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 3-4 pods garlic
- 1 tbsp ginger paste
- 2-3 green chillies
- 1 onion - large
- 2-3 tomatoes
- 1 tsp chilly powder
- 1 tsp coriander cumin powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 bell pepper
- 250 gms paneer
- 1/3 cup cilantro
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- Salt - as required
- Add ghee in a pan and temper cumin seeds. Then add minced garlic, green chillies and ginger paste to the pan. Fry for 30-45 seconds and then add onion paste. Fry for a minute or till the raw smell goes away and then add tomato puree.
Add salt and continue to saute till the tomato puree comes to a boil. Meanwhile, mix chilly powder, coriander cumin powder, turmeric powder, curry powder and salt in a bowl and add milk to it. Let it sit for a minute and then add it to the pan. Let it cook for 2 minutes, then add chopped bell peppers and paneer (cut in cubes). Continue to saute for 3-4 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and lime juice. Serve it warm with some naan/roti.
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If I have convinced you enough to try this paneer dish, then you can also check out some other paneer based recipes here – Thai Mutter Paneer, Paneer Veggie Pizza, Paneer Chilly Cigars, Paneer Butter Masala, Chilly Paneer in Tomato Capsicum Gravy, Paneer Makhani, Spicy Paneer Biryani, Spinach & Paneer Puffs and Paneer Kofta Curry.