Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Servings 4 people


  • Oil as needed
  • Red capsicum cubed
  • Green capsicum cubed
  • Red Onion cubed
  • 1 green Chilli
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 Large Tomatoes puree
  • 1 Finely chopped onions
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1.5 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 300 gms Paneer
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi
  • 1/2 cup water

Kadai Masala :

  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 5-6 Dry red chillies
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 clove
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cardamom pod


  • Heat a pan and add 2 tsp of oil and roast all the ingredients under kadai masala until fragrant. Be careful not to burn it. Cool it down and grind it to a coarse powder and keep it ready.
  • In the same pan, add 3 tsps of oil and heat it to medium to high flame. Add the cubed onions, red capsicum, green capsicum and sauté it on high flame for about 1 minute until the veggies are slightly charred and cooked while still crunchy. Transfer it to a plate and keep it aside.
  • Heat the same pan on medium flame, add 2 tsp oil, add cumin seeds, green chillies and sauté for a 30 seconds. Next add in chopped onions a little salt and cook the onions until soft. add little water to deglaze the pan.
  • Next add the tomato puree, ginger garlic paste and cook the tomatoes in onion until slightly dry ( be careful not to burn it)
  • Next add the spice powders - red chilli, coriander, garam masala and sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add about 1/2 cup fo water and cook for 2 minutes until it comes to a simmer. Next toss in the paneer cubes and the ground kadai masala, kasuri methi and stir it in.
  • Adjust 1/4 cup more water if needed to make more gravy. Finally toss in the charred capsicums and onions into the kadai paneer masala and cover and cook for about 5 mins on medium flame.
  • Turn off the flame and serve it hot with roti or Rice
Keyword kadai paneer, north indian side dish, Paneer Recipes, Side dish for Roti