kadai paneer recipe | karahi paneer | how to make kadai paneer gravy

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kadai paneer recipe | karahi paneer | how to make kadai paneer gravy restaurant style with detailed photo and video recipe. perhaps one of the popular paneer based main dish or gravy based curry recipe mainly served with roti or naan. basically the paneer is cooked in a tomato and onion based gravy with special spice powder known as kadai masala. the spice powder adds a unique flavour and taste to the curry compared to the other paneer curries.
kadai paneer recipekadai paneer recipe | karahi paneer | how to make kadai paneer gravy restaurant style with step by step photo and video recipe. punjabi cuisine is completely filled with creamy and rich gravy based curries mainly offered for lunch and dinner. particularly, paneer recipes get a lot of attention especially from the vegetarian crowd. one such unique, full of spice flavoured recipe is kadai paneer recipe or karahi paneer.

i often get this question about the difference between kadai paneer vs paneer butter masala vs shahi paneer recipe. i thought i will take this opportunity to clear it once and for all. basically the texture and perhaps the colour of all these paneer recipes are very similar but completely different with the taste and way it is prepared. karahi paneer is more spicy compared to the other 2 recipes which includes the addition of freshly prepared kadai masala. whereas the butter masala and shahi recipes are more creamier and rich. also generally shahi recipes are prepared with choice of dry nuts like cashew and almonds without tomatoes in it. and hence generally it carries bright yellow color as compared to kadai recipe and butter masala recipes which are either orange or reddish in color.

karahi paneer

comparatively the recipe for kadai paneer has the medium complexity, hence i would like to share some tips and variation to make it easier. firstly, i always prepare the kadai masala well ahead in advance and store it in the airtight container. moreover the spice mixture can also be used for other paneer curries or gravies as a variation. secondly, use soft and tender homemade paneer cubes for better result. alternatively you can also use store bought paneer, but make sure to soak it in warm water for 5-10 minutes to make it tender. lastly, the other popular variation to this recipe is the kadai paneer dry recipe. you can prepare it by not adding water and keeping it dry.

finally, i request you to check my other paneer recipes collection with this post of how to make kadai paneer gravy. it includes recipes like palak paneer, paneer butter masala, shahi paneer, paneer jalfrezi, paneer kofta, khoya paneer, paneer kolhapuri, malai kofta and chilli paneer gravy. further i also request you to visit my other similar recipes collection like,

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kadai paneer recipe | karahi paneer | how to make kadai paneer gravy
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

easy kadai paneer recipe | karahi paneer | how to make kadai paneer gravy

Course: curry
Cuisine: punjabi
Servings: 3 Servings
Author: Hebbars Kitchen
Ingredients (1 cup = 250 ML)
for kadai masala:
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin / jeera
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 3 dried kashmiri red chilli
for onion tomato paste:
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 3 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 tomato finely chopped
for kadai paneer gravy:
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 bay leaf / tej patta
  • 1 green chilli slit
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi / dry fenugreek leaves
  • ½ onion petals
  • ½ capsicum cube
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 cube paneer / cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves
Instructions
  1. firstly, in a large kadai, heat 1 tbsp butter and saute 1 bay leaf, 1 green chilli, 1 tsp kasuri methi till they aromatic.
  2. further saute ½ onion petals and ½ cubed capsicum.
  3. add ¼ tsp turmeric and ½ tsp chilli powder.
  4. further add blended tomato-onion paste and mix well.
  5. in addition, add prepared kadai masala and 1 tsp salt.
  6. cook till the masala paste starts to release oil.
  7. now add ½ to 1 cup water adjusting consistency as required.
  8. add 12 cubes homemade paneer, 2 tbsp cream and mix gently.
  9. cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  10. furthermore, add ¼ tsp garam masala and 2 tbsp coriander leaves. mix well.
  11. finally, serve restaurant-style kadai paneer gravy hot with garlic naan or chapati.


how to make kadai paneer with step by step photo:

kadai masala recipe:

  1. firstly, dry roast 2 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp black peppers and 3 dried red chillis. fry till they turn aromatic.
    kadai paneer recipe
  2. allow to cool and coarsely powder them in a mixer. keep aside.
    kadai paneer recipe

tomato-onion paste recipe:

  1. firstly, in a kadai, roast 3 clove garlic and 1 inch ginger with 2 tsp of oil. fry for a minute.
    kadai paneer recipe
  2. next add chopped 1 sliced onions and fry till they turn golden brown.
    kadai paneer recipe
  3. in addition, add 2 chopped tomatoes, 5 cashew and saute well.
    kadai paneer recipe
  4. saute until the tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
    karahi paneer
  5. cool completely and blend to smooth paste without adding any water. keep aside.
    kadai paneer recipe

paneer kadai recipe:

  1. firstly, in a large kadai, heat 1 tbsp butter and saute 1 bay leaf, 1 green chilli, 1 tsp kasuri methi till they aromatic.
    kadai paneer recipe
  2. further add ½ onion petals and ½ cubed capsicum.
    kadai paneer recipe
  3. fry till they shrink slightly. do not cook completely; they should be crunchy.
    karahi paneer
  4. keep onions and capsicum aside. add ¼ tsp turmeric and ½ tsp chilli powder.
    karahi paneer
  5. saute on low flame till the spices turn aromatic.
    karahi paneer
  6. further add blended tomato-onion paste and mix well.
    karahi paneer
  7. in addition, add prepared kadai masala and 1 tsp salt. adjust the masala to your taste.
    how to make kadai paneer gravy
  8. mix well and cook for 5 minutes or more.
    how to make kadai paneer gravy
  9. cook till the masala paste starts to release oil.
    how to make kadai paneer gravy
  10. now add ½ to 1 cup water adjusting consistency as required.
    how to make kadai paneer gravy
  11. add 12 cubes homemade paneer, 2 tbsp cream and mix gently. do not break the paneer.
    how to make kadai paneer gravy
  12. cover and simmer for 5 minutes or till paneer absorbs flavour.
    how to make kadai paneer gravy
  13. furthermore, add ¼ tsp garam masala and 2 tbsp coriander leaves. mix well.
    how to make kadai paneer gravy
  14. finally, serve restaurant-style kadai paneer gravy hot with garlic naan or chapati.
    karahi paneer


notes:

  • firstly, use butter for restaurant-style flavour.
  • also, cook masala paste till the oil releases, this helps to enhance the flavour.
  • additionally, cut the pieces of paneer to the shape of your choice.
  • additionally, prepare fresh kadai masala for aromatic gravy.
  • finally, to prepare kadai paneer dry skip adding water and to prepare kadai paneer gravy add water.

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