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Kadai Paneer | Chapati Side dish

Kadai Paneer
Paneer or Indian Cottage cheese is used extensively in Indian Cooking. Ready made paneer is available in Indian groceries. It can also be prepared easily in home. Kadai Paneer is a Indian gravy served as a side dish to Roti / Chapati / Naan. Indian spices are freshly ground and added to the gravy prepared by frying onions, capsicum and paneer into tomato paste. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing spicy Indian gravy Kadai Paneer.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Yields: 3 Servings
Kadai Paneer

Table 1: To dry roast and grind
Coriander seeds | Dhaniya2 tsp
Cumin seeds | Seeragam1 tsp
Fennel seeds | Sombu1 tsp
Red chillies3
Black pepper | Milagu1 tsp
Cloves | Krambu1
Cinnamon stick | Pattai1 inch
Kasoori Methi crushed1/2 tsp

Table 2:
Oil1 tbsp
Ginger and garlic finely chopped1 tbsp
Onions chopped1/2 Cup
Capsicum chopped1/4 Cup
Tomato paste1/4 Cup
Paneer cubes20

  • Dry roast all the ingredients mentioned in table 1 and grind it coarse powder.
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  •  Heat oil in a pan. Add finely chopped ginger and garlic. Fry till raw smell goes off. Add onions and fry till they turn translucent.
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  • Add capsicum and fry for 2 mins. Add tomato paste and fry till raw smell goes off. Add 1/4 Cup water.
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  • Add the ground powder from ingredients in table 1. Add paneer and fry till the gravy thickens.
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Adjust red chillies and black pepper to your taste.
Finely chopped ginger and garlic can be replaced with ginger garlic paste.
If tomato paste is not available, blanch one ripe tomato and grind it into smooth paste.


  1. kadai paneer looks super yummy..love to eat with hot chapathi

  2. Beautiful paneer recipe dear makes me hungry :)

  3. Kadai paneer looks delicious. An excellent side dish with roti

    On-going event: Healthy Breakfast

  4. One of my favorite n this looks delicious

  5. I simply adore the spicy punches in the dish. Tempting to the highest degree.

  6. Kadai paneer looks super delicious.

  7. very beautiful and lovely kadai paneer looks awesome...

  8. Can have two more parathas with this irresistible kadai paneer.

  9. Thanks so much.. made it today.. it really was vvtasty... just added chopped tomatoes and peas along with capsicum... it was just yummy...

  10. Thanks... made it today.. it was really yummy... added chopped tomatoes n peas.. but the flavour of the spices were too good..


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