Best Kadai Paneer Recipe (Plus Video)

For paneer lovers, Kadai (Kadahi) Paneer (कडाही पनीर) probably will be in top 5 paneer dishes. Kadai paneer recipe is a common north-indian dish recipe, its origin is debated, and is unclear. In any case, it tastes delicious, hence just enjoy 🙂 Kadai paneer is the combination of paneer, onion and colourful bell peppers, in a with spicy tomato based gravy and aromatic spices. Some people also call it Kadai Paneer Masala.

What is Kadai Paneer?

As its self explanatory from the name, its paneer made in kadai. However, strictly speaking, one does need to make it in Kadai, but any pan is fine. I believe this concept of Kadai worked in old days. Kadai used to be made of iron only. Cooking in iron utensils was deemed as a source of adding iron in the food. I am not sure if that concept worked or not.

Kadai Paneer is a most certainly the most popular and widely known paneer curry. In this recipe, paneer is cooked along side bell peppers (capsicum) and spices.

Restaurant Style Kadai Paneer | Paneer Recipes | Your Food Fantasy
Restaurant Style Kadahi Paneer

It will be surprising if you can find an Indian restaurant in india which won’t know about kadai paneer.

Kadai or Kadahi, is a cooking pan, with wok like shape. Most houses in India will have a Kadai, and normally used for deep frying food.


This paneer curry is all about fresh spices / masala. The masala consists of coriander seeds, bayleaves, cumin seeds, cloves, ginger, garlic, chillies and garam masala. I also add kasuri methi for added taste and fragrance. To make this paneer recipe more spicier, add dry red chillies and cloves. I try to have balanced level of spice.

Best Kadai Paneer

To make best Kadai paneer, I will recommend using fresh paneer to get the soft paneer in the gravy. 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.

In case you using paneer from store, keep the paneer in warm water for few minutes before cooking so that paneer softens.


For delicious kadai paneer, I will recommend to stick the the recipe below. Check video recipe to get the idea.

Restaurant Style Kadai Paneer Recipe | Your Food Fantasy by Meenu Gupta
Kadahi Paneer Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Method

  • 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 / kadai 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. Add cumin seeds, coriander seed (or powder if you do not have seeds) and sauté.
  • Once it becomes brown add 2 chopped onions.
  • When onion turns pinkish brown add ginger and garlic (or can use paste of these) and sauté till raw smell goes off. Now add all spices mentioned above (except bayleaves, cloves and garam masala) and sauté till they ooze oil. Then add chopped tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, finally take this mixture/ gravy out and blend it to a smooth paste by blender.
  • Take a fresh pan and add bayleaves and cloves, and add the smooth paste from step above. Now add paneer cubes and sautéed bell pepper and onions and mix. Add Garam masala, mix and lastly butter along with Kasuri methi and cook with the lid on for 5-6 minutes.
  • Kadahi paneer is ready to be dished, however don’t forget to garnish with coriander leaves or with grated cheese.

Pro Tips

  • Try using fresh paneer where possible.
  • To get the color which you will find in restaurant, likely, you will need to use food color. I am personally not a fan of food coloring, however, in this recipe I have used to show how to use it. Try using organic colors only.
  • In case you find kadai paneer to be too hot for your taste buds, you can mellow down the taste by reducing cloves, garam masala, chiilies and peppers. You may also add cashew and cream to mellow down the heat. Please note that for authentic flavours, you may like to follow the kadai paneer recipe detailed here without much variation.
Restaurant Style Kadai Paneer Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Restaurant Style Kadahi Paneer Masala Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Kadai Paneer vs Shahi Paneer vs Paneer Butter Masala

There are so many paneer recipes and its easy to get confused to understand which paneer curry is what?

Kadai paneer is the spiciest between shahi paneer and paneer butter masala, as well as this kadai version contains bell peppers. On the other hand, shahi paneer is the mildest paneer recipe and is creamy. Butter paneer is close to shahi paneer, though not as mild as shahi paneer. Butter paneer has hint of sweet in its taste (normally a tsp of sugar or honey is added in butter paneer).

Serving suggestion for Kadai Paneer

Kadai paneer in this recipe is a dry gravy curry, hence, serve this paneer with naan bread, or paratha or puri.

Storage and freezing suggestion

It is ok to freeze kadai paneer, however, kadai paneer tastes best when eaten fresh. Normally, you can keep kadai paneer in refrigerator for couple of days, simply re-heat thoroughly before you eat.

Other paneer recipes

If you are a paneer lover, you may like to try other these paneer recipes

Recipe Card

Restaurant Style Kadai Paneer Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Kadai Paneer Recipe

Kadai Paneer – कडाही पनीर – Paneer curry made with capsicum and spices, giving one of the best taste. One of the most popular paneer recipe.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 People
Calories 238 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 250 Grams Paneer Cut Into Cubes
  • 3 Bell Pepper
  • 4 Onions Medium Size
  • 4 Tomatoes Chopped
  • 1-2 Green chillies
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger Fresh Grated
  • 2/3 Tablespoon Garlic Fresh Grated
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt As Per Taste
  • 1/3 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder As Per Taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Whole Coriander Seeds
  • 2-3 Bayleaves
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Fenugreek Leaves / Kasuri Methi
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter Unsalted
  • 3 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves For Garnish
  • 1 Pinch Orange Food Colour Optional

Instructions
 

  • 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.
    Paneer cubes for Kadai Paneer | Your Food Fantasy
  • Now take 2 onions and all bell peppers and cut them into small pieces.
    Onion and Bell Papper for Kadai Paneer | Your Food Fantasy
  • 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, coriander seed (or powder if you do not have seeds) and sauté.
    frying-jeera-kadai-paneer-recipe-yourfoodfantasy-com-by-meenu-gupta
  • Once it becomes brown add 2 chopped onions.
  • When onion turns pinkish brown add ginger and garlic (or can use paste of these) and sauté till raw smell goes off. Now add all spices mentioned above (except bayleaves, cloves and garam masala) and sauté till they ooze oil. Then add chopped tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Take this mixture/ gravy out and blend it to a smooth paste by blender.
    How to make Kadai Paneer | Kadai Paneer Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Take a fresh pan. Add bayleaves and cloves, and add the smooth paste from step above. Now add paneer cubes and sauteed bell pepper and onions and mix. Add Garam masala, mix and lastly butter along with Kasuri methi and cook with the lid on for 5-6 minutes.
    Home Made Kadai Paneer Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Kadhai paneer is ready to be dished. Don’t forget to garnish with coriander leaves or with grated cheese.
    Restaurant Style Kadai Paneer | Paneer Recipes | Your Food Fantasy

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Kadai Paneer Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 517mg22%
Potassium 442mg13%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tried this recipe?Click photo & send it @yourfoodfantasy or tag #yourfoodfantasy on Instagram or Facebook to get featured!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.