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Kadhai Paneer – Indian Vegetarian Recipes

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Kadhai PaneerKadhai paneer is a special vegetarian recipe filled with crunchy vegetables covered with spicy chatpata tomato sauce and creamy paneer. It goes well with any soft Flat Indian Bread.







Serves – 2 to 3
Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 15 mins
Ingredients –

For Tomato Puree:

  • Tomatoes (blanched, peeled) – 3 no
  • Kashmiri Chillies (blanched, discard seeds) – 3 or to taste

For Masala Powder:

  • Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Peppercorns – 10 or to taste
  • Kashmiri Chillies – 5 or to taste

For Gravy:

  • Oil – 3 Tbsp
  • Onion (cubes) – 1/2 medium
  • Tomato (deseeded) – 1 no
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 Tbsp
  • Capcicum/ Bell Peppers (chunks) – 1/2 medium
  • Paneer (Cubed) – 200 gms or 1 1/2 Cup
  • Sugar – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Salt – to taste
  • Dry Fenugreek Leaf Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder ¬†– pinch
  • Fresh cream – 3 Tbsp


  • Blend Tomatoes, blanched chillies to a smooth puree. Set aside.
  • In a skillet heat 1 tsp of oil and dry roast cumin seeds, coriander seeds, dry red chillies, peppercorns till fragrant and slightly golden brown.
  • Remove from pan. Cool the spices completely and grind to a coarse powder. Set it aside.
  • In the same pan add 1 tsp of oil and fry the paneer for 2 mins or until slightly firm. Set the fried paneer aside.
  • For preparing the gravy, add remaining oil and heat till warm. Add ginger and Garlic Paste and fry till aromatic and raw smell disappears.
  • Add the coarsely ground powder, turmeric powder followed by onion, tomatoes, peppers, garam masala powder. Toss the vegetables for just 2 mins
  • Add in the tomato puree. Mix well with vegetables.
  • Add in ¬†salt, sugar, fenugreek leaves, fried paneer. Mix well and cook for 2 more mins. Top it off with cream and turn off the heat.
  • Serve with Indian Flat bread of your choice.



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