Kadai Paneer (Gravy)

30 mins
Serves 5 people
Author: Rajni Ram
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Kadai Paneer is a dish I like and make very frequently at home. I have this weekly one day is Paneer day compulsorily policy. Here on my blog I have another Kadai Paneer recipe which is a Semi dry version of this recipe. Though the Masala is same, the way I made it is slightly different. The Semi dry Kadai Paneer recipe is good to go with Rotis, and other flat breads and is a good lunch box recipe as it doesn’t have much in the name of gravy and so is not messy at all, to carry in a box.

This gravy version is a great option to go with rice dishes like Matar Pulav, Jeera Rice, Biriyani etc. This version is what you will find at Dhabas in the North India. Considering Dhaba meals are supposed to be reasonably priced, do you think they would use Cashewnuts and cream etc, to thicken their gravy? Well, they use a very everyday ingredient that is found in Indian Kitchens and is gaining popularity the world over for its high protein quotient (and we have been using it since ages, that’s India for us, a treasure house of recipes and food culture). Any guesses as to what that ingredient is? Besan. Yes, the humble chickpea flour. To find out how to use it, read the recipe and try it out and you will agree that it tastes delicious.

While you are here try out my other Paneer recipes likes Palak Paneer, Mava Paneer Curry, Paneer Khurchan, Malpua with Gulab Jamun mix and Paneer, and more…

Here goes the recipe for Kadai Paneer gravy style

Ingredients

Ingredients

  1. Paneer 200 gm cubed
  2. Onion 1 large cut into petals
  3. Onion 1 medium size chopped finely
  4. Capsicum 1 medium cut to large cubes
  5. Green chillies 2 slit lengthwise
  6. Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
  7. Garlic 3 to 4 cloves (big ones)
  8. Tomatoes  2 large pureed
  9. Tomato 1 medium diced
  10. Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  11. Salt as required
  12. Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  13. Besan/ Chick pea flour 1.5 tbsp roasted on low flame until aromatic
  14. Methi seeds/ Fenugreek seeds 2 pinches
  15. Garam Masala Powder 1/2 tsp

To be ground

  1. Coriander seeds 1 tbsp
  2. Cloves 2
  3. Jeera/ Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  4. Dry red chilli 2 regular and 1 Kashmiri  dry red chilli (optional)
  1. Take a Kadai and heat it, add the Besan and saute on low flame until it turns aromatic and light brown in colour. Keep stirring so that the Besan does not burn. Once aromatic, transfer to a plate.
  2. Now in the same kadai take 1 tbsp oil and drop in the Onion petals and saute for 1 minute. Now add the cubed capsicum and continue to saute over high flame for another 1 minute. Take care to stir constantly and the onion and capsicum should not overcook or turn limp. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Now in the same kadai take some more oil and add cumin seeds. Once they start crackling add the slit green chillies and saute for 30 secs. Now add the finely chopped onions and crushed garlic and continue to saute until the onion starts turning brown.
  4. In the meanwhile roast and grind the spices mentioned under “to be ground” and set aside. Grind them coarse and not very fine. Now add this powder to the sauteed onions, add turmeric powder, and if the mixture looks dry add another teaspoon of oil and saute the Masalas in oil.
  5. Now add the roasted Besan and saute until the mixture starts appearing crumbly, but dry. To this add the tomato puree and mix nicely. Smoothen out all the lumps from the Besan. Add salt, followed by 1 to 1.5 cups water, drop in the diced tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Check for taste and add red chilli powder if required and adjust salt if required.
  6. Now add the cubed Paneer pieces , and the previously sauteed onion and capsicum and stir nicely. Add the Methi seeds and cook until the gravy thickens. If you are particular about adding cream add now(this step is optional). Add Garam Masala powder and put off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves. The yummy Kadai Paneer gravy style is ready.

Take a Kadai and heat it, add the Besan and saute on low flame until it turns aromatic and light brown in colour. Keep stirring so that the Besan does not burn. Once aromatic, transfer to a plate. Now in the same kadai take 1 tbsp oil and drop in the Onion petals and saute for 1 minute. Now add the cubed capsicum and continue to saute over high flame for another 1 minute. Take care to stir constantly and the onion and capsicum should not overcook or turn limp. Transfer to a plate. Now in the same kadai take some more oil and add cumin seeds. Once they start crackling add the slit green chillies and saute for 30 secs. Now add the finely chopped onions and crushed garlic and continue to saute until the onion starts turning brown. In the meanwhile roast and grind the spices mentioned under “to be ground” and set aside. Grind them coarse and not very fine. Now add this powder to the sauteed onions, add turmeric powder, and if the mixture looks dry add another teaspoon of oil and saute the masalas in oil. Now add the roasted Besan and saute until the mixture starts appearing crumbly, but dry. To this add the tomato puree and mix nicely. Smoothen out all the lumps from the Besan. Add salt, followed by 1 to 1.5 cups water, drop in the diced tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Check for taste and add red chilli powder if required and adjust salt if required. Now add the cubed Paneer pieces , and the previously sauteed onion and capsicum and stir nicely. Add the fenugreek/Methi seeds. Cook until the gravy thickens. If you are particular about adding cream add now(this step is optional). Add garam masala powder and put off the flame. The yummy Kadai Paneer gravy style is ready. Enjoy with your favourite rice or Flat bread. Bon Appetit.

Notes:

  1. Roast the Besan very carefully. Any burnt taste or flavour will change the taste of the dish. I always have a bottle of roasted Besan in my kitchen it helps to thicken gravies in a jiffy.
  2. The roast and ground powder can be made ahead and stored in a bottle. This called the Kadai Masala because of which the dish gets its name.
  3. I have not used cream in this dish. If you prefer adding cream, do go ahead and do so. I have specifically mentioned when to do so.

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