Kadhai Paneer

The dish kadai paneer is a semi-dry dish that makes use of whole red chillies making it a treat for all your senses. Serve this dish in a miniature kadai with some hot coal underneath to give it the authentic kadai-fresh look!

Paneer (cottage cheese), cut into 1 inch cubes 1 & 1/2 cups
Oil for deep-frying
Butter 2 tsp
Dhania seeds dry roasted crushed 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Chilli Powder 1 & 1/2 tsp
Fresh Cream 1/4 cup
Kasuri Methi 1 tsp
Salt To taste
Elaichi powder 1/4 tsp
Punjabi Garam Masala 1/4 tsp
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Chopped Dhania for the garnish 2 tsp



  1. Heat the oil in a deep non- stick kadhai and fry the paneer cubes for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Put in warm water for 15 minutes. Drain again and keep aside.
  3. Heat the butter in a kadhai; add the Dhania seeds and sauté for half a minute.
  4. Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for another minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes and sauté with ¼ cup of water for 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add more ¼ cup of water and cook on a medium flame for another 6 to 7 minutes or till the oil separates from the gravy, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the chilli powder, cream and dried kasuri Methi leaves and salt and simmer for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the Paneer, Elaichi powder, Punjabi Garam Masala and sugar and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Serve hot garnished with coriander (Dhania).