Kadai paneer or kadhai paneer is one of the dishes which need no introduction. It’s a delectable combination of Indian cottage cheese and capsicum.
Recipe of kadai paneer
250 grams paneer (cottage cheese/ panir) – cut into fingers
1 onion- chopped
1 tomato- chopped
2 medium shimla mirch (capsicum/bell pepper) – seeds removed and cut into strips
Salt to taste
3-4 cloves garlic (optional) - chopped
1/2 tsp black pepper powder (kali mirch)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp red chilli powder (cayenne pepper)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves) – crushed by hands
1 tbsp oil
1. Heat oil in a kadai (wok/heavy bottomed vessel) and add onion. When it turns translucent, add garlic. Sauté for 1/2 a minute.
2. Add tomato, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, black pepper powder, red chilli powder, kasoori methi and salt. Mix well and fry till oil begins to separate.
3. Add capsicum and cook covered for 3-4 minutes.
4. Add paneer and mix well. Lower heat and cook covered for about 4-5 minutes. Serve hot kadhai paneer with naan or paratha and cucumber raita.