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Kadai Paneer Made Simple

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Today on OneLifeSeveralStories, Farhana guest blogs her recipe on Kadai Paneer. Farhana and I have been to the same school and have been classmates as well.

Unfortunately I had lost touch with Farhana for quiet some years however we got re-united thanks to social media and are common school friends.

Farhana has been sharing a lot of great recipes on her social media channels, do check it out and give it a try. You will find all the information in her bio mentioned at the end of this article.


What is Kadai Paneer?

“Paneer” is basically Indian Cottage Cheese and “Kadai” is a type of a thick, circular, deep cooking pot similar to a wok.
Kadai Paneer is a veg dish wherein you cook the paneer in a Kadai along with bell peppers and roast it with freshly ground spices that creates a unique spicy masala.


Kadai Paneer served in a Kadai

Kadai Paneer Made Simple

Farhana Batliwala
Kadai Paneer is a veg dish wherein you cook the paneer in a Kadai along with bell peppers and roast it with freshly ground spices that creates a unique spicy masala.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 People
Calories 240 kcal

Equipment

  • Kadai/ Wok

Ingredients
  

  • 400 Grams Paneer cut into 1.5 inch medium cubes
  • 2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Dried Red Chillies
  • 6 Medium Tomatoes 4 chopped finely and 2 cut into cubes of an inch in size
  • 2 Small Onions cut into cubes of an inch in size
  • 1 Medium Yellow Bell Pepper cut into cubes of an inch in size
  • 1 Medium Green Bell Pepper cut into cubes of an inch in size
  • 2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 Tsp Paprika Powder
  • ½ Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 4 Tbsp Oil
  • Salt as required
  • Cilantro for garnishing

Ginger, Garlic and Green Chilli Paste (grind the following into a paste) – 1/2 tbs

  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • 5 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Green Chillies

Homemade Kadai Masala (Dry roast the following for a few mins then remove them in a plate, allow it to cool. Grind it into a fine powder) – 1 tbs

  • 1 Dried Kashmiri Chilli
  • 4 Black Peppercorns
  • 1 Tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

Instructions
 

  • On a medium flame, in a wok/ kadai add oil and allow it to become hot
  • Once the oil is hot, add dried red chilies and cumin seeds. Allow them to splutter
  • Then add 4 tomatoes that were finely chopped and let it cook until they get tender and soft by stirring occasionally.
  • Now, add the ginger, garlic, green chilli paste and cook for 3 mins until the raw smell goes away.
  • Add the homemade kadai masala and fry by adding little water at a time until the oil separates and comes on top.
  • Then add the bell peppers, onion and tomatoes that have been cut into an inch in size and mix well until the peppers turn a little soft.
  • Now add the Paneer and mix well, sauté for a few minutes until the the peppers turn a little soft.
  • Finally garnish with cilantro and serve with Roti/ Paratha.

Notes

If you need help with any Herb or Spice listed in this recipe then refer to the guide: List of Herbs and Spices
Farhana Batliwala
Farhana Batliwala

Born and raised up in India. Married to a Canadian and blessed with 2 little princesses.  Living in a joint family consisting of 10 people for whom she loves to cook. Also an Early Childhood Educator by profession.

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