Kadai paneer is one of the simple paneer recipes that taste absolutely delicious with tandoori Naan or rumali roti. This easy paneer recipe with gravy is perfect to make in everyday Indian menu, as I have made this kadai paneer recipe healthier than regular dhaba style paneer.
We Indians love Paneer, but you that already. If you are a chef or a cooking expert you know how many Times we are asked: “Can I substitute this with paneer”. However frustrating we may find this but this highlights the fact that Paneer is the most popular substitute for the meat for vegetarians. If you love Paneer like I do, you must try my healthier Palak Paneer, Matar Paneer, Paneer Tikka and paneer butter masala. I am sure you will love them too.
The other day when I posted this crispy paneer fingers recipe on my Facebook page when my readers asked for more paneer recipes. So I thought to start with this simplest yet flavorful paneer curry Kadai Paneer/karahi paneer recipe.
If I talk about my personal preferences, I wouldn’t say that I am in love with paneer but I definitely like the mild flavour and chewy texture of our own Indian cottage cheese.
I always prefer to make this Kadai paneer with homemade Paneer, because Homemade paneer tastes so much better than the store bought. Homemade paneer is another way to ensure that you are getting good quality paneer. (Learn How to make HomeMade Paneer )
A good Kadai paneer curry recipe is very simple to cook. my personal preference always is to keep the flavour profile simple. There are not too many Spice powders or overpowering flavours in this Kadai paneer recipe. But, I would recommend using good quality Kasoori methi which is the main flavour in this recipe.
As usual, I have tried to keep this paneer curry light in terms of textures as well as calories. Restaurant style Kadai paneer has got lots of fat in the form of cream and butter. I have substituted cream with milk and it tastes so good and creamy that you would not even notice the absence of cream if you have not cooked it. Serve it with Parantha, Nan or Roti because it tastes best with bread. If you are a rice lover serve it with jeera rice, it will taste better.
How to Make Kadai Paneer
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Kadai paneer is one of the simple paneer recipes that taste absolutely delicious with tandoori Naan or rumali roti. Paneer is cooked with capsicum, onion and tomato in gravy.
- 250 gms paneer / cottage cheese , cubed
- 2 onions boiled and grated
- 1 cup tomato Fresh puree
- 1 tsp inch ginger paste
- 2 quartered green bell peppers
- 2 Quartered Tomatoes
- 1 quartered onion and separated
- 1 cup milk whole
- 1 tsp kasuri methi fenugreek crushed /dry leaves
- 2 Tbsp coriander / cilantro chopped leaves
- to taste salt
- red chilli powder
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
In a pan heat 2 tbsp oil. add grated ginger, saute it for a minute and add boiled and grated onion to the pan.
Now when onion paste is sauted for 2-3 minutes ( because it is already cooked) add fresh tomato puree.
saute the tomatoes and onion paste till it starts to leave oil in the sides of the pan.
Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt, stir it well. Keep this pan aside.
In another pan take 1 tbsp of oil and now start adding all the quartered vegetables one by one.
Saute them with paneer on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes till light brown marks start to appear on paneer. Now switch of the heat. And transfer these vegetables to pan with prepared masala.
Add 1 cup of milk and bring this curry to a light boil. When curry starts to simmer add kasuri methi and this curry is ready to serve. Finally garnish it with sprinkle of fresh coriander.