Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Kadai Paneer is one of my favourite paneer side dish that goes well with Chappathi or roti.It is very easy to prepare if we have the paneer handy.Chop the vegies, grind the kadai masala and fry everything together for a few minutes and there you have the colorful and vibrant Kadai paneer.This is a kind of semi dry side dish.

Kadai Paneer

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Panneer cubed: 1 cup
Capsicum chopped: 1 medium
Onion chopped: 1 medium
Tomatoes chopped: 2 medium
Ginger finely chopped: 2 tsp
Green chilli: 1
Butter: 2 tablespoon
Chilli powder: 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder: 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder: 1/4 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Sugar: 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves: a handful

Kadai Masala:
Red chillies: 3 or 4
Coriander seeds: 1 tablespoon
Pepper corns: 5
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Kasuri methi: 2 tsp

  1. Dry roast the ingredients for kadai masala except kasuri methi
  2. Once they are slight brown switch off the stove add add kasuri methi
  3. Grind it to a coarse powder after it cools down
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan and fry the ginger and onion until it turns translucent
  5. Add part of the kadai masala and fry for a minute
  6. Next add capsicum and tomato and fry for a while until the tomatoes are mushy.
  7. Add chilli powder, coriander powder, remaining kadai masala powder,salt & sugar
  8. Finally add the chopped coriander leaves

Adjust the red chillies according to spice level required
Kadai masala can also be prepared ahead and stored
Do not overcook the capsicum. The crispness should be retained

Step by Step pictures:
Kadai Paneer
Dry roast the masala

Kadai Paneer
Fry ginger and onion in nutter

Kadai Paneer
Add masala and fry the capsicums. Add tomatoes

Kadai Paneer
Add paneer and garnish with coriander leaves

Kadai Paneer