Kadai Paneer

Paneer cubes cooked in spicy masala along with capsicum. A popular recipe from the Indian cuisine for the vegetarians. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Kadai Paneer


Main Ingredients Cottage cheese (paneer), Kadai masala
Cuisine Indian
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 11-15 minutes
Cook time 21-25 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg


  • 300 grams cottage cheese (paneer), cut into ½ inch cubes 
  • 1½ tablespoons oil 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste 
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped 
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons red chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • Salt to taste 
  • 3-4 tablespoons yogurt 
  • ½ teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves powder (kasuri methi)
  • 1 medium tomato, deseeded and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, cut into ½ inch cubes and layers separated 
  • ½ medium green capsicum, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • ½ teaspoon kadai masala 
  • Juice of ½ lemon 
  • Fresh coriander sprigs for garnishing 


  1. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add cumin seeds and when it changes colour, add onions and sauté till golden brown. 
  2. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 1 minute. Add tomatoes and sauté till soft and pulpy. 
  3. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and sauté for 1 minute. Add ¼ cup water, mix and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes. 
  4. Reduce heat, add yogurt, mix and cook for 1 minute. Adjust salt and mix. Add dried fenugreek powder and mix well. 
  5. Add tomato cubes, onion cubes and green capsicum cubes, mix and cook for 2 minutes. 
  6. Add cottage cheese cubes and mix lightly. Add kadai masala and lemon juice, mix and cook for 1-2 minutes. 
  7. Serve hot garnished with coriander sprigs.