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kadhai paneer
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Kadhai 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: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • 2 cup Paneer cubes
  • 2 Bell Peppers / Capsicum / Shimla Mirch
  • 3 Tomatoes / Tamatar chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger / Adrak grated
  • 2 Green chilies/Hari Mirch
  • 3 big Tomato cubed
  • 1.5 tsp Tomato ketchup optional
  • 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
  • 1/4 cup milk or fresh cream
  • 1 tsp Salt / Namak
  • 1 tbsp Butter

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
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel Seeds / Saunf


  • Make cubes or julienne of tomato ,capsicum and paneer
  • Dry roast coriander seeds , cumin,fennel, pepper corn and whole red kashmiri chilies and then coarsely crush/pound them
  • In a pan heat 4 tbsp oil and saute the capsicum pieces for a minutes add salt, chili powder and some kadhai masala 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 paneer cubes in the same pan, season with salt, chili powder and pinch of kadhai masala, stir fry for a minute and then take out in a plate.
  • Now add 4 tbsp oil in the pan add cumin seeds,chopped green chilies and ginger,saute for few seconds
  • Add puree of 3 tomatoes and salt and saute for a minute.
  • Now add turmeric, 1 tbsp coriander powder , 1 tbsp chili powder ,the crushed kadhai masala,saute , cover and cook till it start releasing the oil.
  • Now add paneer cubes, capsicum pieces ,tomato pieces, tomato ketchup,garam masala ,chili flakesand 1/4 cup milk or fresh cream and mix to coat the paneer pieces with the masala paste and cover and cook for approx 2 minutes .
  • Add crushed kasoori methi/dried fenugreek leaves, ginger slices and 1 tbsp butter and chopped fresh coriander.cook for about a minute .
  • Serve hot with naan,paratha or any Indian bread