Kadai Paneer

There are two kinds of people in India. One who love cottage cheese or ‘paneer‘ to death and others who do not. Paneer is a great way to have the goodness of milk and very versatile.You can make desserts like  ‘Rajbhog‘ or ‘Rassogulla‘,dress it in a gravy like ‘Kadai Paneer,Paneer butter masala or Palak Paneer‘ a main course, or make an appetizer like ‘Kabab‘ or ‘pakode‘ out of it.

There is no better element to work with in veggie cuisine like ‘paneer‘ and potatoes.

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‘Kadai Paneer’ is one of the easiest recipes, which you can make for a gathering or for a routine dinner.Soft creamy cottage cheese melts into the mouth.You can serve it with both Indian Flat bread and Rice.You may make your own paneer or buy it from a local dairy.’Tandoori Roti’ or ‘Garlic Naan’ or Lachcha Paratha works great with this curry. Serve it with yogurt dip and some ‘Papad‘.

Scroll below to read the recipe of Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

Yield: 4

Kadai Paneer



  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 1 red & green capsicums/pepper diced
  • 200 grams paneer or cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic-chilli paste
  • Pinch of asafoetida optional
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala optional
  • 1 tsp amchur powder or dried mango powder
  • Salt as per taste


  1. Heat oil/ghee in a pan.
  2. Add cumin seeds,ginger garlic chilli paste,followed by a pinch of asafoetida.
  3. Add the diced onions and saute till the onions turn pink.
  4. Now add tomatoes and let it soften.
  5. Now add chopped pepper and stir well along with all spices.Cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add paneer cubes and stir well.(You can saute the paneer cubes in 1 tbsp of oil/ghee before adding to the gravy.This is optional)
  7. Serve hot with roti or jeera rice.
  8. Garnish with coriander.

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