Kadai Paneer


Kadai is a Indian wok (similar to a wok). This is the most commonly used utensil in Indian cooking. Kadai paneer is cottage cheese cooked in a kadai with tomatoes, onions, capsicum, and a blend of Indian spices. The main flavour of this dish comes from freshly pound spices. And if you don’t have a kadai, just cook it in a fry pan – it would still taste amazing.

To make kadai paneer, I dry roast coriander seeds and dry red chilli, and pound them coarsely. This freshly ground spice mix makes the dish extremely flavourful and aromatic. I then sauted ginger, onion, and tomatoes. Once the tomatoes cooked through, I added this spice mix along with capsicum. I finished it with garam masala, fried paneer cubes and dry fenugreek leaves. 

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kadai paneer

 

Ingredients:

Paneer (cottage cheese) – 250 gms, cubed
Dry coriander seeds – 2 tbsp
Dry red chilli – 2
Red onion – 2 medium, diced
Tomatoes – 2 medium, finely chopped
Ginger – 1 inch, finely chopped or coarsely grated
Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
Capsicum – 2 medium, diced
Dry fengreek leaves – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste
Oil – 3-4 tbsp
Coriander leaves – for garnish

Method:

  1. Dry roast the coriander seeds and dry red chilli in a fry pan. Cool and pound them in a mortar pestle. Set aside
  2. Heat oil in a kadai or fry pan. Lightly fry the paneer cubes and set aside 
  3. In the same pan, add ginger and fry for a minute. Add onions and fry until it turns translucent. 
  4. Add the tomatoes, salt and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook until the tomatoes are cooked completely and oil starts to separate (about 5-6 minutes)
  5. Add the pounded spices and mix well
  6. Add the capsicum. Cook for a further 3-4  minutes
  7. Add the garam masala and mix well. Add the paneer cubes
  8. Briefly dry roast fenugreek leaves, crush and add. Mix well and turn off the heat
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with naan

Notes:

  • Skip the red chilli powder and use just one dry red chilli for a milder version
  • You can use tofu if paneer is not available
  • You can skip lightly frying the paneer first and directly use the paneer cubes

 

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