Kadai Paneer



I always look forward to doing the Blogging Marathon. Last month, the group had a mega marathon of 26 flatbreads and every one who participated did an amazing job with compiling them on their blogs. I, for one, would never be able to do it! Sometimes, with the way my interest in cooking is spiralling down despite cooking on and off, I sometimes wonder if I will be able to pull up even posts for the BM. Hehe… I guess we all go through such a phase in life where we just loose our interest. I am trying hard to hold on to it and hopefully it doesn’t slip through my fingers… ๐Ÿ˜‰


Coming to the topic I chose for the next three days for this first week of Blogging Marathon #93, it is “One Ingredient – 3 ways” and the one ingredient I chose is paneer. There are not many paneer recipes on the blog but of late, I have been cooking with it a lot, especially in my cooking. Paneer is a good source of protein and fat for vegetarians and hence gets utilized a lot to complete my macros. It moved me from “don’t like it” to “like it” phase, but yet to “love it”. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This Kadai Paneer is one way that the folks at home love to have paneer. It is a simple onion masala toss up, with cubes of capsicum and paneer. I love to scoop it and have it along with chapathis or parathas. My girls are not fond of either the capsicum nor the paneer, but I still make it when I totally run out of ideas… after all they can’t have what they like everytime, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Off to the recipe…





4.88 from 8 votes

Kadai Paneer

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 -4
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 capsicum chopped (refer notes)
  • 200 gm paneer soaked in hot water till use
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish


  • Heat ghee in a pan. Fry the ginger garlic paste till raw smell is gone.
  • Add in the onions and chilli and saute till wilted.
  • Add in the tomatoes and cooked till done.
  • Add in the powders and give it a good stir till raw smell goes.
  • Add the capsicum, sprinkle some salt and cook for a few minutes till just done.
  • Add in the paneer and toss well.
  • Drizzle some water, crush in the kasuri methi and cook for a couple of minutes till dry.
  • Serve hot with chapathis or side for rice, garnished with coriander leaves.


I have used 1/3 of red, yellow and orange capsicums.
After drizzling the water, dry up on high heat tossing up gently to avoid sticking to the pan. I left it a little short with a bit of fluid since my family prefers it that way.


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  1. Looks very healthy and yummy, great to go with bread or rice.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  2. 5 stars
    Anything with paneer is a sure hit at home. I add it to many dishes to make it healthy and the kids will eat it without a fuss.I too like to add capsicum with paneer but the kids are not so fond of this combo but eat it anyway!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much PJ…

  3. That is just a phase Rafee. Even I went through it last year. You will get your mojo back. I love paneer in any form and this one has my favourite ingredients. I could finish off the whole Bowl in a sitting.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I sincerely hope so! My blogging is still going on without much break but it is more of pushing rather than wanting to do it… Thanks a lot Gayathri…

  4. 5 stars
    As gayathri says this is only a phase. I am going through it right now and hope to be back soon. Kadai paneer looks very tempting

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena for your affirmation…

  5. Looks comfy and so good Rafee!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Gloria!

  6. 5 stars
    Rafee, I wrote a post after 5 months!! You are far
    Better girl!!
    Kadai paneer looks scrumptious! This is one dish I make so often next to PBM, all of my boys love this chunky paneer curry!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… trying to make me feel good! ๐Ÿ˜› Thank you so much Priya dear…

  7. this is the dish we often order while eating vegetarian sides in restaurant… We love it… looks so good

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  8. This is one of my fav ways to eat paneer. But I make it a little more dry. Best with some hot phulkas ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Chitra… ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 5 stars
    The kids here donโ€™t like the bell peppers either so I just make sure they donโ€™t get a huge portion of the peppers in their serving. ๐Ÿ™‚ But personally I feel the bell peppers are needed in this recipe to elevate the flavor.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, even I love the bell peppers, but the girls pull out even a single piece they get! Thank you so much Harini…

  10. 5 stars
    I love kadai paneer โ€” so simple to make, yet so delicious and amazing. Great to serve with rice or roti. Good one Rafeeda.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  11. I would like to clean that kadai paneer dish with some rotis rite now, such an awesome, aromatic and very flavourful dish.. Never get bored of paneer dishes.. Lovely.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyakka…

  12. 5 stars
    We all have our times when we don’t even want to enter the kitchen or write something for the blog. It shall pass soon and before you know it you will be up and running. The kadai paneer looks delicious and everyone in our family is a big time paneer fan. This will disappear in no time.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sandhya for your affirming comments…

  13. love this simple paneer presentation – looks so delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Mir…

  14. Every blogger goes through the phase, I would say. I am back after a 4 month hiatus.
    A simple yet flavorful dish. Your kadai paneer looks great.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Suma…

  15. 4 stars
    Kadai paneer is one such dish that my family can have at any time. With bell pepper in it , it is looking delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ritu…

  16. Rafeeda, if you ever think about not doing a BM post, be sure I will be there to push towards that..hehehe..I love kadai Paneer and your bowl looks fantastic!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… will always love your push! Thank you so much Valli…

  17. 5 stars
    Kadai paneer looks so delicious and yum. One of my favorites. Love to have this with some rotis.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Renu…

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