Kadhai Paneer

December 29, 2014 Posted by

Kadhai PaneerKadhai Paneer is one dish you will get in most Indian restaurants.
I like the combination of bell peppers with paneer. Add to it the flavors of kadhai masala, and you have a delicious side dish for a vegetarian meal. The spice mix in the recipe gives it a unique rustic taste.
Here is my recipe for Kadhai Paneer.
250 gms paneer
1 onion
2 tomatoes
1/2 a red bell pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
9- 10 pepper corns
5-6 dried red chillies
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp chilly powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
A pinch of  fenugreek leaves (Kasuri methi)
2 tsp of butter
Salt, Sugar
Coriander leaves


  1. Heat a pan. Dry roast 9- 10 pepper corns, 5-6 dried red chillies, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp fennel seeds  till the kitchen is full of the aroma from the spice mix.
  2. Add a pinch of  fenugreek leaves (Kasuri methi) and saute for a few secs and then let the spice mix cool down.
  3. Grind it to a coarse powder. Keep 2 tsp aside for garnishing.
  4. Heat 2 tsp of butter in a pan. When the butter melts, add half of the above powder mix and fry well.
  5. Add 1 onion cut into cubes into the pan. Fry it for some time and add 1/2 a red bell pepper and 1/2 yellow pepper. Fry well.
  6. Blanch 2 tomatoes and then puree them and add it to the pan and cook till the raw smell of tomatoes goes off.
  7. Then add 1 tsp chilly powder, 1 tsp garam masala powder, salt to taste, pinch of sugar, and mix well.
  8. Add 250 gms of paneer cubes and mix well. Sprinkle 2 tsp kadai masala and add pinch of crushed kasuri methi and mix well.
  9. You can add cream and coriander leaves too but I skipped it.
  10.  Serve with roti

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2 thoughts on “Kadhai Paneer”

  1. Vinit Shanbhag says:

    Was a really good dish. Did not know that adding fennel seeds wld make such a difference.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Vinit for your comment 🙂
      This same kadhai masala goes well with chicken too – I think there is something about this spice combination which makes it irresistible. You can make this masala and store it for easier cooking.

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