kadhai paneer
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5 from 2 votes

Kadhai Paneer /Pepper Paneer

Chunky paneer cubes tossed in a spicy tomato gravy with freshly crushed whole spices.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Lunch box Recipe, lunch recipe, Main Course
Cuisine: Punjabi Cuisine
Keyword: kadhai paneer, paneer
Servings: 4 people
Author: anjanaskc


  • 2 cup Paneer cubes
  • 2 Bell Peppers / Capsicum / Shimla Mirch
  • 3 Tomatoes / Tamatar chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger / Adrak grated
  • 2 Green chilies/Hari Mirch
  • 1 big Tomato cubed
  • 1.5 tsp Tomato ketchup
  • Spices-
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds / Sabut Jeera
  • 1.5 tsp Dried fenugreek/kasoori methi
  • 1 Bay Leaves / Tej Patta
  • Pinch Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/3 tsp Turmeric Powder / Haldi Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili flakes /Kuti hui laal mirch
  • 1 tsp Salt / Namak

For kadhai masala

  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds / Sabut Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Peppercorns / Sabut Kali Mirch
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds / Sabut Dhaniya
  • 3 Whole Kashmiri red chilies


  • Make cubes or juliennes of capsicum and paneer
  • Microwave coriander seeds , cumin, pepper corn and whole red kashmiri chilies for 40 seconds and then coarsely crush/pound them .or dry roast in a pan and then crush
  • In a pan heat 4 tbsp oil and saute the capsicum pieces for a minutes and then take out in a bowl , now add the tomato cubes of a tomato(remove the pulp and then make cubes )and saute for few seconds and remove and keep aside
  • Now add 4 tbsp oil in the pan add cumin seeds,chopped green chilies and ginger,saute for few seconds
  • Add chopped tomatoes and salt and saute till they become soft and pulpy(you can also make puree and add instead of chopping tomatoes)
  • Now add turmeric, the crushed kadhai masala,saute for a minute
  • Now add paneer cubes, capsicum pieces ,tomato ketchup,garam masala ,chili flakes and mix to coat the paneer pieces with the masala paste and cover and cook for approx 5 minutes .
  • Add sauted tomato cubes,tomato ketchup, crushed kasoori methi/dried fenugreek leaves and chopped fresh coriander.cook for about a minute .
  • Serve hot with naan,paratha or any Indian bread