Feb 032015

‘Kadai’ means Indian wok/pan and the name kadai paneer means paneer or cottage cheese cooked in kadai. This is another easy recipe like mutter paneer that can be prepared instantly once you have the kadai masala ready. I love the taste of freshly prepared homemade paneer for this recipe as it becomes very soft once cooked in the tasty kadai gravy.


If you are looking for more paneer recipes, you can check my mutter paneer, paneer malai kofta (restaurant style), paneer dum biryani, dry tawa paneer, rasmalai, palak paneer, paneer in peas gravy and chili paneer.

Serves: 2

Cooking time: 30 mins


For curry

Paneer – ½ cup (cut into cubes)

Onion – 1 medium (cut into thick pieces)

Tomato – 1 small (diced)

Green capsicum – 1 small (cut into thick pieces)

Garlic – 2 cloves (crushed or grated)

Hung curd/dahi – 2 tbsp

Kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves – 1 tsp, optional

Oil – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Coriander leaves – to garnish

For masala paste

Onion – 1 big (roughly chopped)

Tomato – 1 big (roughly chopped)

Ginger – ½ inch piece

Green chili – 1

Oil – 1 tsp

For kadai paneer masala

Black peppercorns – 1 tsp

Dry red chili – 2

Cumin seeds/jeera – 1 tbsp

Coriander seeds/dhania – 1 tbsp

Fennel seeds – ½ tsp, optional

Cinnamon stick – tiny piece

Sesame seeds – ½ tsp, optional


Making kadai paneer masala:

  1. To make the kadai paneer masala, dry roast all the ingredients under ‘for kadai paneer masala’ till a nice sweet aroma comes. Let it cool and blend to a fine powder. Set aside.

Making masala paste:

  1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and fry the onions till they turn soft.
  2. Then, add the tomato and salt and cook till tomato becomes mushy.
  3. Remove onto a plate and let it cool.
  4. Once cool, add it to the kadai masala powder along with green chili and ginger, 2 tbsp water and blend to a smooth paste. Set aside.

Making the curry:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry the garlic.
  2. Then add the prepared masala paste and fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Then add the onion, capsicum, tomato and paneer, enough salt, ½ cup water and cook covered till the right consistency is reached.
  4. Finally add the hung curd, kasuri methi and coriander leaves. Give a good mix and remove from heat.
  5. Serve hot with any roti or non-spicy rice recipes.


  1. Make sure you cut all the vegetables to the same size.
  2. You may use any other masala for the gravy too.
  3. Adjust the heat as per your liking.IMG_2228-3

  One Response to “Kadai Paneer”


    Looks delicious!!!

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