Kadai Paneer

An awesomely flavorful and spicy paneer recipe, Kadai Paneer. To make this gorgeous looking dish you’ll need paneer, onions, tomatoes, capsicum and spices. Relish it with your favorite bread like Tandoori Roti, Paratha, Missi Roti, Poori, Naan or Phulka

Also try: Achaari Paneer or Paneer Butter Masala.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Cooking – 20 mins, Total – 30 mins.

Servings: 3


  1. Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) – 300 grams (cut into cubes)
  2. Onion – 2 medium (one finely chopped and one chopped in cubes)
  3. Tomatoes – 3 large (two blend to a smooth paste and one chopped in cubes)
  4. Capsicum – 1 large (chopped in cubes)
  5. Ginger – 1 inch (finely chopped) + some julienned for garnishing
  6. Green Chilies – 3 (chopped)
  7. Coriander Seeds – 3 tsp
  8. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  9. Fennel Seeds – 1 tsp
  10. Dried Red Chilies – 2-3
  11. Kashmiri Red Chili Powder – 2 tsp
  12. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  13. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  14. Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves) – 2 tsp
  15. Cream – 3 tbsp 
  16. Oil – 3 tbsp
  17. Water – 1/2 cup
  18. Coriander Leaves for garnishing
  19. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Kadai Paneer:

  1. Heat a pan and add coriander seeds, dried red chilies, fennel seeds & cumin seeds. Roast on a medium flame until fragrant, don’t over do it
  2. Transfer to a grinding jar and grind to make a coarse powder. Keep aside ground spice mix
  3. Heat oil in a kadai or a pan. Add finely chopped onions and ginger, saute on a medium flame until light golden brown
  4. Add kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Saute for a few seconds
  5. Add tomato paste and kasuri methi. Cook until oil starts to separate
  6. Add remaining chopped onions, capsicum and green chili. Cook until tender
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and ground spice mix. Cook until tomatoes are a little soft, about 1-2 mins
  8. Add water and cook for a min
  9. Add paneer and salt. Mix and cook for 2-3 mins
  10. Add cream and cook for another min, your Kadai Paneer is ready
  11. Garnish with some coriander leaves and julienned ginger. Enjoy!!!


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