Friday, 13 July 2018

Kadai Paneer, how to prepare restaurant style Kadai paneer

Restaurant/Dhaba style Kadai paneer is one of the popular paneer recipes, it's spicy in taste. Kadai paneer is packed with fresh grounded masala called Kadai masala, along with onion tomato paste and diced capsicum. Fennel(saunf) seeds adds good flavor and taste to the . You can prepare Kadai paneer as dry, semi dry or gravy. Today I prepared semi dry Kadai paneer. Few of friends asked to post this Kadai paneer recipe😊.  As the paneer is cooked in heavy bottomed Kadai or wok  so it is called as Kadai paneer. Kadai paneer goes well with naan's, roti's or with any flavored rice. I prepared Kadai paneer for Kashmir Pulao, but ended having it with roti's at night.

Also check other paneer and pulao recipes..

Paneer butter masala

Khova paneer
Stuffed capsicum with paneer & potato
Coconut milk pulao
Kashmir pulao

  Restaruant style Kadai paneer

Preparation Time : 15 minutes

Cook Time : 20  minute
Serves : 2
Recipe Category: gravy / side dish
Recipe Cuisine: North Indian
Author: Aruna


Paneer - 150 gms

Butter - 2tsp
Onions - 2 (diced)
Capsicum - 2 (diced)
Green chillies - 2
Salt as per taste
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Fresh cream - 2 tsp
coriander leaves - 2 tsp

For Kadai masala

Coriander seeds - 1 big tsp

cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Fennel(saun) seeds - 1 tsp
Pepper - 10

For onion tomato paste

Onions - 1 big( roughly chopped)

Tomatoes - 2
Ginger - 1 inch
Garlic - 6 cloves
Cashew nuts - 6(optional)
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - a pinch


To prepare dry spice Mix :

* Take a Kadai add all the ingredients mentioned under Kadai Masala. 

* Dry roast them in low flame till you get nice aromatic fragnant.

* Let them cool and grind it into coarse powder. 

To prepare Onion Tomato Paste :

* Take a Kadai add 2tsp of oil, add ginger  & garlic saute it for a second. Then add onions fry it by adding a pinch of salt, add tomatoes and cashew nuts fry it. No need to cook it long time. Fry till onions and tomatoes become soft. 

* Let  them cool and grind it to fine paste without adding water. 

Fry paneer pieces

* Cut the pieces into cubes and fry it on non-stick pan till you get golden color on both the sides and take it into plate. Frying paneer is optional, you can also use it without frying. 


1) In the same Kadai add 2 tsp of butter  add green chillies and saute it for a second. 

2) Add capsicum fry it for a second then add onions fry it.

3) Add red chilli powder and turmeric powder in the oil fry it. 

4) Mix the powders along with capsicum and onions and fry it. No need to cook capsicum too smooth. 

5) Now add prepared onion tomato paste. Fry it well without adding water on flames for 3 minutes. 

6) As we already fried tomatoes and onions it do not  take much time to cook. 

7) Add prepared Kadai masala to the above and mix it well. 

8) Mix the above well and fry it for 2-3 minutes without adding water and on low flame. 

9) Now add 2 tsp of fresh cream and mix it well. 

10) Add garam masala powder salt mix it well and cook till the oil releases. 

11) Now add paneer pieces and little amount of water and cook it for 10 minutes on low flames. So that the paneer pieces will get the masala flavor. 

12) Add coriander leaves to the above and mix it well. Take the gravy into bowl and garnish with onions. 

Restaurant style Kadai Paneer is ready to serve. I had it with Chapathi πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹. 


◆ You can add red chillies while frying Kadai masala. 

◆ Adjust pepper according to your taste. As it gives strong taste to the gravy. 

◆ Adjust the spices according to your taste as Kadai paneer taste bit spicy. 


●  Use Fresh masala so that the your will get aromatic fragnace to the gravy. 

● Using  butter is optional but it enhances the  gravy taste. 

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