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Kadai Paneer | Cottage Cheese with Capsicum Recipe

How to make Kadai Paneer | Cottage Cheese with Capsicum Recipe (Step by Step)

Kadai Paneer – the name that we all drool on!  Soft paneer cooked with bell peppers, onion, tomato and freshly ground homemade kadhai masala. This restaurant style kadai paneer recipe is delicious, spicy and pairs best with naan and parathas.

How to make kadhai paneer recipe?

Kadhai Paneer has to be one of the most popular dishes that a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian who loves paneer would order in an Indian restaurant.

Kadhai Paneer has wonderful aromas and flavours from all the spices and the very essence of this dish are comforting and delightful. I like to use a lot of ginger here and this gives a lot of intensity and also provides zest to this dish.

Kadai Paneer Recipe, Delicious Wok Fried Cottage Cheese with Capsicum Masala Recipe

Kadai Paneer is ready

Kadai paneer is a ridiculously simple and no-fuss recipe. The name Kadhai paneer owes its origin to the Indian Kadai or wok. Two ingredients critical to a great Kadhai paneer are coriander seeds and capsicum. They make it aromatic, flavourful and colourful.

Wok-fried cottage cheese with capsicum or Kadhai paneer is quick to make and delicious to eat. Kids love it. Whenever you are short on ideas on what to make for a meal, Kadai paneer always hits the mark.

Kadhai Paneer can be savoured with any Indian bread or rice dishes and it can be a part of a simple homestyle lunch or dinner. This dish also lends itself well to an elaborate celebratory meal, perfect for any occasion that needs a good North Indian accompaniment.

Indications for making Kadai Paneer Recipe, Wok Fried Cottage Cheese & Capsicum Masala

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Gizmos: A Kadai or wok
  • Servings: 3-4

Kadai Paneer | Cottage Cheese with Capsicum Recipe

How to make Kadai Paneer | Cottage Cheese with Capsicum Recipe (Step by Step)

hMake this most popular restaurant style Kadai Paneer curry at home by following this easy recipe. This fried kadhai paneer with capsicum is finger-licking good!

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Kadai Paneer, Cottage Cheese with Capsicum Masala Recipe

Make this most popular restaurant style Kadai Paneer curry at home by following this easy recipe. This fried cottage cheese with capsicum is finger-licking good!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword cottage cheese with capsicum, Cottage Cheese with Capsicum Recipe, Kadai Paneer, Kadai Paneer Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 248kcal
Author Sumit Malhotra

Ingredients

  • 200 grams Cottage Cheese Cut in 2.5 inch long strips
  • 1.5 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1.5 Piece Onions Medium sized
  • 2 Piece Tomatoes
  • 5 Cloves Garlic Crushed
  • 0.5 inch Ginger Crushed
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 2 tbsp Cream
  • 0.5 Piece Capsicum Cut into strips of the size of paneer
  • 1 tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Cut cottage cheese or paneer into 2.5 inch long strips.
  • Roughly chop onions and tomatoes. Slice capsicum or Shimla mirch into strips of the size of panner.
  • Heat ghee or clarified butter in a wok or a Kadai. If you don’t have a Kadai you can use any frying pan.
  • Add coriander seeds and cumin seeds to hot ghee and let them splutter.
  • Add onions and fry till just about brown.
  • Add tomatoes and salt to fasten the cooking process.
  • When slightly mushy add tomato puree and crushed ginger and garlic. Fry till the raw smell of ginger and garlic goes away.
  • Add powdered masalas and cook till they give out their fragrance and then add some cream to the masala. Cream adds a little richness to this recipe.
  • Add capsicum and mix well. Don’t let the capsicum wilt.
  • Once capsicum or Shimla mirch has mixed well add the paneer strips to the masala and mix again.
  • Leave it on slow fire for about 3-4 minutes and your Kadai paneer is ready to be served.
  • Enjoy it with roti, naan or parantha. Goes very well with yellow dal.

Notes

  • You can fry the paneer as well to make it crispier.
  • Can you make this vegan? Yes. Use extra-firm tofu, potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms, or soya chunks instead.
  • Also for the marinade, you can use dairy-free plain yoghurt. If using mushrooms, no need to marinate it. Just mix it in the yoghurt mixture and fry.
  • Instead of frying the tofu in ghee, use coconut or vegetable oil instead.
  • Can you freeze this? While this prepared Kadai Paneer Curry stays good in the fridge for 2-3 days, you can freeze it as well. 

FINALLY, TO SUM IT UP

Kadai Paneer or Cottage Cheese with Capsicum is ready

Kadai Paneer – the name that we all drool on!  Soft paneer cooked with bell peppers, onion, tomato and freshly ground homemade kadhai masala. This restaurant-style Kadhai paneer or cottage cheese with capsicum recipe is delicious, spicy and pairs best with naan and parathas.

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