Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana )

Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana )

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The kadai is one of the most commonly used cooking utensils in indian kitchens. It is mainly used for deep-frying and may be called india's version of the chinese wok. Delicious subzis can be prepared in a kadai and this gives the dish a distinct feel. As a result subzis that are prepared in this manner adopt the word kadai in their name. Thus originates the dish kadai paneer is a semi-dry dish that makes use of whole red chillies making it a treat for all your senses. Capsicum adds just the right amount of crunch while the kasuri methi bestows its wonderful fragrance upon this creation. Serve this dish in a miniature kadai with some hot coal underneath to give it the authentic kadai-fresh look!

Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana ) recipe - How to make Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana )

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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1 1/2 cups paneer (cottage cheese) , cut into 1 inch cubes
oil for deep-frying
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp coriander (dhania) seeds , dry roasted and crushed
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 cup fresh cream
1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
salt to taste
1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
1/4 tsp punjabi garam masala
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania) for the garnish

  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 coriander 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 fenugreek leaves and salt and simmer for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the paneer, cardamom powder, punjabi garam masala and sugar and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Serve hot garnished with coriander.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy365 cal
Protein8.1 g
Carbohydrates7.3 g
Fiber1.1 g
Fat33.8 g
Cholesterol15 mg
Sodium62.3 mg


Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana )
 on 17 Mar 19 12:47 PM

very nice recepie
Tarla Dalal
18 Mar 19 09:24 AM
   Hi Diksha, we are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking!
Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana )
 on 06 Mar 19 10:14 PM

Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana )
 on 20 Feb 16 07:19 PM

Tarla Dalal
22 Feb 16 02:24 PM
   Thanks Ravina. Thanks Rosan. We are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback. Happy cooking.
Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana )
 on 14 May 13 04:15 PM

My husband and I both work so our office tiffins are usually drab .I was on vacation and wanted to pack something interesting and yummy for my husband. I chose this recipe. It was quick to make and turned out very tasty The best part was that by frying and then putting in water, the paneer retained its softness and did not become chewy which it usually becomes. Kasuri methi lent a very good aroma to the dish. My family liked it very much and it feels so good when they ask me to cook it again. Thank you very much Ma'am for the dish recipe.