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Apr 3, 2008

Kadai Paneer


Kadai paneer is a simple tomato gravy infused with garlic and other spices. Usually capsicum is added to this gravy. This is such a wonderful tasty dish and is my entry to the JFI garlic hosted by Mathy of Virundhu.

Ingredients:

Juicy tomatoes - 5

Readymade Paneer - 8 oz - thaw to room temperature and cut into small cubes

Garlic - 5 pods

Capsicum/green bell pepper - 2

Dhania powder - 3 tablespoons

Cumin powder - 2 teaspoons

Tandoori Masala Powder - 1 teaspoon (optional)

Turmeric powder - half teaspoon

Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon

Oil - 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Method:

Boil a quart of water and add the tomatoes. You will notice the tomato skin peeling out. Take the tomatoes out carefully and peel away the skin. This method is called blanching the tomatoes. Finely chop or crush the tomatoes and keep it aside.

Chop the garlic and capsicum.

Heat half a tablespoon of oil in a kadai and add 2 tablespoons dhania powder.

Add the garlic and the chopped/crushed tomatoes and allow it to cook.

When the content comes to a boil, add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, half a cup water and salt. Add the tandoori masala powder if you are using. Reduce the heat and allow it to cook, partially closed.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a kadai and add the dhania powder. Add the chopped capsicum and fry until three-fourth cooked. Add the panner cubes and fry for a couple of minutes.

Transfer this to the tomato gravy. Kadai paneer is ready. Serve warm for soft chapathis/Rotis.


Note:

If we cook the capsicum and tomato in the same kadai, the capsicum will end up being very mushy. Capsicum should be sautéed and should not be overcooked. Hence I used a separate kadai for capsicum.

Paneer can be home made too. Just bring half a gallon of milk to a boil and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and give it a stir. The whey will separate from paneer. Transfer the paneer to a muslin cloth and drain the water completely. You can just add the crumbled homemade paneer to this dish instead of adding the paneer cubes.

This dish is usually served in a kadai and hence gets it's name as kadai paneer.

20 comments:

Uma said...

Mmm. it looks so mouth-watering Mythreyee! great entry. I like the kadai too. Very shiny.

Divya Vikram said...

Kadai paneer in a kadai..Nice pic girl..Guess it tasted wonderful..

Rupa said...

Yummy..Nice pic..great entry

Cham said...

The kadai and kadai paneer look awesome :)

Sagari said...

yummy kadai paneer

Nags said...

looks mouthwatering. give me some roti and i will dive right in :)

Mansi Desai said...

I made paneer butter masala and posted it on my blog 2 days ago! paneer in any form is just awesome!! kadai paneer looks good!:)

Saswati said...

Mythreyee the paneer looks gr8...a big favourite of mine...nice entry:)

Jayashree said...

I love anything paneer....looks delish.

A-kay said...

I am a sucker for paneer and that looks really good.

Seema said...

Looks yum! A hot favourite with nice parathas or rotis on the side!

ANJALI J. said...

ur kadhai paneer looks tempting..

Mythreyee said...

Uma,Divya Vikram, Rupa, Chams, Sagari, Nags, Manasi Desai, Saswati, Jayashree, Akay, Seema, Anjali.J: Thanks a lot ladies. Glad you all liked it. I love paneer too. This is one delicious and easy recipe with protein rich paneer.

srikar's kitchen said...

looks so nice dear... mouth watering dishes... great click.....

madhuram said...

I'm a big of paneer too. It looks yummy. I'm thinking of adding the readymade fried paneer at the end.

sandhya said...

looks delicious...

easycrafts said...

The kadai paneer looks so lovely and inviting..

Mythreyee said...

Srikar's Kitchen, Madhuram, Sandhya, Easycrafts: Thank you ;-)

Aditya said...

I tried this recipe...it came out nice...

Mythreyee said...

Thank you for your feedback Aditya. I am glad you liked it.