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Kadai Paneer (Restaurant Style)

Kadai means ‘Indian Wok’ and Paneer Means ‘Indian Cheese’. So this is dish is basically Indian cheese cooked in kadai with some other spices and onion-tomato gravy. This recipe is restaurant style dish. I already made Kaju Butter Masala which is also restaurant style dish. This tastes very delicious. So let’s see how to make it.

Enjoy, everyone!

Here’s the handy dandy printable:

Kadai Paneer (Restaurant Style)
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Yield: 4
For Masala
  • Dry red chilies – 8
  • Coriander Seeds – 1 tablespoon
For Tomato Gravy
  • Oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic paste – 1 ½ tablespoons
  • Green chilies – 5 or to taste, chopped finely
  • Tomatoes – 2 ½ cups, chopped finely
  • Tomato puree – ¼ cup
Other Ingredients
  • Paneer – 1 ½ cups
  • Oil – 3 teaspoons
  • Onion – ½ cup, chopped finely
  • Coriander powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
  • Chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala – 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Dried fenugreek leaves (Kasoori methi) – 1 ½ teaspoons
  • Green bell pepper – ½ cup, cubed
  • Salt – to taste
  • Heavy whipping cream – ⅓ cup
  • Cilantro – for garnishing
  1. Heat a pan on medium heat. Once hot add dry red chilies and coriander seeds and dry roast them till you get nice fragrant. Let the mixture cool completely.
  2. Then grind them in spice grinder and make fine powder.
  3. Keep it aside for later use.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add garlic paste and sauté it for few seconds.
  5. Then add freshly ground masala. Mix well.
  6. Immediately add tomatoes and green chilies. Mix well and cook till oil separates from sides. It will take about 8-10 minutes. Stir in between to make sure tomatoes don’t stick to bottom on the pan. Mash the tomatoes using back of spatula or using potato masher.
  7. Add tomato puree and mix well. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  8. Turn off the stove and take that gravy in a bowl.
  9. And keep it aside.
  10. Just wipe that pan well using paper towel. Heat the oil in same pan on medium heat.
  11. Once hot add onions and sauté it till it gets translucent.
  12. Then add tomato gravy, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala and Kasoori methi. Mix well. Cook it for 2 minutes.
  13. Then add green pepper and 1 cup of water. Cook it for another 4-5 minutes.
  14. Then add paneer and salt. Mix gently. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  15. Add heavy whipping cream. Mix well. Cook for another 1 minute.
  16. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot.

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  • Anju September 7, 2013, 10:33 pm

    I tried this recipe and it came out very well! Left us wanting for more :) I think the red chilli/coriander step made the difference!

    • Kanan September 8, 2013, 12:53 pm

      Thanks for your feedback. you got it right, freshly ground masala always make a difference in any dish.

  • karan May 28, 2013, 9:15 am


    i tried this recipe today. I was little confused about amounts of spices to be used. I had around 800gm paneer and 4 medium capsicums.

    So i literally doubled every masala, including tomatoes (except for dry red chillies, which i put 10)

    When i tasted it, it gives nice tangy flavor but in addition it tastes like i put it too much spices? I am confused. please let me know if i double all spices for 800 gm paneer would that be too much? please let me know as soon as possible.

    I usually follow your recipes and they turn out to be great everytime but this time i was little confused so wanted to ask.


    • Kanan May 28, 2013, 12:23 pm

      Hi Karan, you did everything right. for 800 grams of paneer recipe should be doubled and thats what you did. Curry should taste good not like too much masala.
      there might be two reasons – (1)your gravy may be too thick or concentrated and it tastes too much masala. you can thin out the gravy with little water and let it boil for some time. (2) you might not cook the masala after adding (step 12) or you might forget to dry roast the coriander seeds and red chilies (step 1)
      Hope this helps.

  • Navroze January 18, 2013, 1:58 am

    Why did u add tomato puree …

    • Kanan January 18, 2013, 2:09 pm

      I have used very little store bought tomato puree. It gives nice color and some more tang, just to make it purely restaurant style.

  • Bhupinder January 18, 2013, 1:50 am

    Can I use tomato puree instead of tomatoes…

    • Kanan January 18, 2013, 2:08 pm

      yes you can use ‘tomato puree from fresh tomatoes’ instead of tomatoes. only difference in the curry you will see is the texture of the gravy. other than that taste will be same.

  • Navroze January 9, 2013, 9:11 pm

    Is this Dish spicy due to 8 red chillies

    • Kanan January 9, 2013, 9:34 pm

      It depends on what kind of red chilies you are using. I have used kashmiri dried red chilies which is medium spicy.
      If your dried chilies are spicy then reduce the quantity of chilies and adjust red chili powder in coming step.

      • Anonymous January 18, 2013, 12:43 am

        Thanks for the reply..Now i will surely try this dish

  • Rajani November 15, 2012, 5:16 pm

    I tried this recipe couple of days back and it came out perfect!! My daughter loves paneer and this was targetted mainly for her, but both me and my husband also loved it! We have a very good indian restaurant near us and they serve great food…this curry turned out exactly like their kadai paneer, I have decided that this can be added to my menus when we have guests!:-)
    Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    • Kanan November 16, 2012, 2:10 pm

      Thanks for your feedback. I am glad that everyone loved this kadai paneer recipe. even this is my hubby’s fav curry.

  • Yasmin November 1, 2012, 10:44 am

    hie , i wanted to know which red dried chillies did you use? the Round button chillies or the long chillies??

    • Kanan November 1, 2012, 12:42 pm

      I used long red chilies. If you are looking for less spicy then use long kashmiri dry red chilies.

  • Sadaf June 30, 2012, 4:02 am

    Kadai paneer is one of my favourite gravy dishes. Yours looks really tempting.

  • Cass @foodmyfriend June 7, 2012, 2:01 am

    I keep meaning to cook paneer but i never get around to it. I always order it when I go to a restaurant, which is where this recipe would come in handy!

  • Mahi June 6, 2012, 8:17 pm

    Delicious curry! :P

  • Swetha Sree June 4, 2012, 12:06 pm

    Kadai Paneer looks so yummy and creamy, juts like in the restaurants. Super.

  • anne June 3, 2012, 5:01 am

    It looks really mouth watering ! I haven’t tried that awesome Indian cheese yet :P Maybe I’ll try making some homemade ones sometime ;)

  • reena vimesh June 2, 2012, 7:17 pm

    wow super yummy gravy.loved it.perfect for rotti

  • vrinda June 2, 2012, 6:02 pm

    Gr8 recipe,making masala part is new to me ,will try it..lovely clicks..

  • Mira Murli June 2, 2012, 3:07 pm

    Hi shama, i came to know about easy to cook recipes through kanan's spice up the curry. I have posted some queries about the interesting event (defintely for a foodie like me :p). Awaiting your reply so that I can make a post in my blog about it by giving a link back.

  • Shobha June 2, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Awesome the colour..just like the restaurant one.
    Freshly ground masala adds to the flavour.

  • radha June 2, 2012, 2:33 pm

    Looks absolutely restaurant like. Great.

  • Mira's Talent Gallery June 2, 2012, 2:28 pm

    interesting recipe Kanan.

    Thanks for being my motivator in My Hobby Lounge and following me :)

  • Raji June 2, 2012, 2:03 pm

    This is my fav restaurant dish, so tempting with a lovely recipe.

  • hemalata June 2, 2012, 5:31 am

    So tempting n inviting paneer curry, one of my favorite dish.

  • yummychunklet June 2, 2012, 2:35 am

    Very tempting. And, I love paneer. Yum!

  • Kaveri June 1, 2012, 3:53 pm

    Irresistible…looks really delicious and a nice recipe.

  • Poornima June 1, 2012, 1:53 pm

    Lovely clicks.. would love to have with chapathik/naan

  • PT June 1, 2012, 1:47 pm

    my fav recipe.. the picture looks real but cant touch it :)

  • Hema June 1, 2012, 1:25 pm

    Looks really restaurant style, very tempting..

  • simran kamath June 1, 2012, 1:05 pm

    yum!!!!!lovely pics…..totally rest. style!….really nice recipe.

  • Priya June 1, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Cant take my eyes from ur irresistible clicks..Makes me hungry.

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