For paneer lovers, Kadai Paneer (कडाही पनीर) probably will be in top 5 paneer dishes. This is a common north-indian dish, however origin of Kadai Paneer is debated, some say it originated from south, in any case, it tastes delicious so just enjoy 🙂 Kadai paneer is the combination of paneer, onion and colourful bell peppers, in a with spicy tomato based gravy and aromatic spices.
I normally make my paneer at home, as its fresh and nothing beats the taste of fresh paneer, you may like to try this yourself by checkout out home made paneer recipe.
If you a paneer lover, you must try these paneer recipes:
Take a pan and add 2 cup of warm water. Add orange colour to the water and then add paneer cubes so that they can get orange coloured. This step is optional if you don’t want to add colour you can skip this step.
Now take 2 onions and all bell peppers and cut them into small pieces.
Now take a pan/kadhai and put one tablespoon of oil and then add these onion and bell pepper to it. Sauté this till they get little soft and crunchy. It will take around 5-6 minutes. Now transfer them onto a plate.
Now in the same pan add 2 tablespoon of oil and add asafoetida. Now add cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, coriander seed and sauté.
Once it becomes brown add 2 chopped onions.
When onion turns pinkish brown add ginger and garlic and sauté till raw smell goes off. Now add all spices mentioned above and sauté till they ooze oil. Then add chopped tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
Now add paneer cubes and sauté onion and bell pepper and mix. Add butter and Kasuri methi and cook with the lid on for 5-6 minutes.
Kadhai paneer is ready to be dished. Don’t forget to garnish with coriander leaves or with grated cheese.
Sautéing of bell pepper and onion is optional. However it helps in giving a nice texture to the dish.
If using paneer from freezer, add it in luke warm water for 10 mins, so that paneer comes soft.