Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Kadai Paneer/Paneer Recipes

Since I was born and brought up in South India, paneer was not cooked at home when I was a small kid, we used to have paneer dishes at restaurants and at special occasions. But later on things started to change, we started to make paneer at home and incorporate in many recipes. Now it is so common and my kids also love paneer  I make several paneer dishes referring to books and recipes from friends. This kadai paneer is a very famous and common dish found in almost all the Indian restaurants and my husband’s favourite. Check out other paneer recipes like Paneer Bhurji, Palak Panner, Paneer ButterMasala in the corresponding links.

Here’s how to make Kadai Paneer with step by step photos…



Ingredients

Paneer
250 gm cut to cubes
Onion
1 cut to cubes
Ginger & garlic paste
2 tsp
Green bell pepper/Capsicum
1 cut to cubes
Tomato puree
From 3 tomatoes
Red chilli powder
1 tsp
Garam masala powder
½ tsp
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
Salt
As needed
Oil/Butter
1 tbsp
Cilantro/kothamalli
2 tsp [for garnishing]

To Roast & Grind

Dry red chilli/Milagai
4
Coriander seeds/Dhania
1 tbsp
Black pepper corns/Milagu
¼ tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeeragam
1 tsp
Fennel seeds/Sombu
½ tsp
Kasuri Methi/Dried fenugreek leaves
½ tsp
Preparation time: 5  minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Method

Blanch the tomatoes and grind it to fine paste, or grind the tomatoes directly in the blender to make a puree. 

In a deep dish boil the water real good, at that time drop the tomatoes in the water and leave it for 2 min. Remove the tomatoes from the water and peel the skin. [This process is called as blanching].  Then grind the tomatoes. Blanching and grinding the tomatoes is totally optional for this recipe, but gives added taste.



Cut the onions, capsicums, paneer to cubes.

Dry roast the ingredients mentioned for roasting and grinding without kasuri methi. When the rest of the ingredients are all most roasted and nice aroma spread all over the room, add the kasuri methi and toast it for a 5 sec and switch off the stove.


Let it cool really well, grind it in the mixer to a fine powder.


Heat oil/butter in a kadai, add the ginger & garlic paste and saute until raw smell vanishes.


Add the onions and fry till they turn golden brown.


Now add the pureed tomatoes and stir it for about a minute.


Add the ground masala powder and saute well.  Now add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix well until the whole mixture becomes like a paste.


Add the cubed capsicums and mix well with the masala. Let the capsicums cook in the masala. [if needed sprinkle little water for the capsicum to cook].


When the capsicums are almost cooked add the paneer cubes.


Mix the paneer cubes well so that the masala coats the all over the paneer cubes.


Let the paneer cook for another 5 minutes, stir gently to avoid it from breaking.

Finally add chopped cilantro leaves and stir it in.


Serve it hot with rotis, naans, parathas etc.

Suggestions:
  • I have cut the capsicums to cubes; you can cut them thin slices [juliennes] for faster cooking.
  • I have used the red chilli powder, you can skip that and add green chillies also.
  • Blanching the tomatoes is totally optional, you can directly blend the tomatoes or even chop the tomatoes to fine cubes and saute them.



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28 comments:

  1. So far paneer is not at all cooked at my home also. I have not yet tasted it. However your picture looks good. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I like paneer in all dishes :) Love this recipe!

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  3. wow.. looks perfect..nice clicks...

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  4. wow... enakku ipove sapidanum pola irukku ....sema

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  5. O my, the reicpe, the click is just tempting me! :)

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  6. The colour of the dish itself is very pleasing and attractive.. Mouthwatering here.

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  7. super yummy priya...love the way masala is coated inside

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  8. mouth watering priya.Looks too good and yummy

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  9. Simply Delicious luking paneer.

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  10. Tempting and delicious paneer gravy.. Love to have this with roti

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  11. Looks soo tempting priya,wish to have with naan...

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  12. Kadai paneer looks delicious love it.

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  13. all time favorite dish in paneer.

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  14. Lovely kadai panner priya.Always me n my daughter (now a days my hubby too) like paneer very much.Tempting me with your clicks.

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  15. Paneer is once a while, in fact seldom. I will try with what is popular over here, tofu into the tempting thick tangy gravy.

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  16. Really tempting.Will try this soon
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  17. wow Priya!! they r so tempting... beats any top restaurant..

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  18. Your kadai paneer looks simply superb and soo colorful Priya.. Craving for some paneer with roti now :-)

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  19. Very tempting. I love anything made from paneer. Will definitely try out this recipe very soon.

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  20. Kadai paneer looks very delectable and luscious too.

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  21. finger licking paneer with HM powder...

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  22. Oh yes, paneer was not coming growing up too, I love it now.
    Your dish is quite yummy looking, the spiciness just jumps out of the screens. lovely.

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  23. Loved the use of freshly ground spices Priya. nice one

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  24. Tempting & delicious . Thanks for linking.

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