Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Kadhai Paneer

Kadhai Paneer is most popular rich subzi dish on the menu of Indian restaurants. I always wondered why there has to be Capsicum when they call it Kadhai Paneer. I googled it and found that no recipe is without addition of capsicum. Here is my version of Kadhai Paneer. I cooked with almost no gravy to bring more taste of Paneer and Capsicum in each bite.

Ingredients :
  • 250 gm paneer - 2 Cups griddle fried cubes
  • 2 medium sized capsicum cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 large onion - cut lengthwise
  • 6 Roma tomatoes diced in cubes
  • 2 Tb.spoon oil ( some extra for frying paneer and capsicum)
  • 2 Tb.spoon heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 T.spoon red chili powder
  • 5 Garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger finely minced
Spice Blend
  • 5 Cloves.
  • 2 Cardamom.
  • 1 T.spoon shahajira.
  • 1 Tb.spoon Fennel seeds.
  • 1 Small Bay leaf.
  • 1 inch piece of cinnamon.
  • 5-6 strands of Saffron.
Except saffron finely powder all spices.

Griddle Fried Capsicum and Paneer Cubes

Method Of Preparation :-

A) Preparing Paneer cubes :

Cut paneer slab in half inch strips. Heat griddle to medium and pour some oil. Place all strips on the griddle and reduce heat to low. It will take approximate 10 minutes to fry them to golden brown color. At interval turn them to all sides. Check the picture. Do not over fry them. Paneer quickly gets burnt so keep flames on very low temperature. After all sides are fried to golden brown color remove from griddle and let them cool. Make half inch cubes with sharp knife.

B) Stir-frying Capsicum :

In the same griddle pour some more oil and add capsicum. Increase flames to high heat and stir-fry them by continuous stirring. It will take three - four minutes to cook capsicum. Remove from griddle and set on paper towel sprinkle some salt and toss.

C) Cooking Kadhai Paneer :

  1. Take a big Kadhai or any heavy bottom pan. I cooked in anodized saute pan. Heat 2 Tb.spoon oil and add onions. Saute them for 4-5 minutes on high heat till they turn soft and transparent.
  2. Add minced ginger and garlic and saute all for one minutes.
  3. Add powdered spices and strands of saffron saute for two minutes.
  4. Add half quantity of chopped tomatoes and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  5. Add Fried cubed paneer and capsicum. Add red chilli powder and salt as per taste. Mix all well and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add 1/2 cup water and remaining tomatoes. Cook for 4-5 minutes. At this stage you can adjust gravy. Add little more water if you need more gravy. I cooked in dry manner, almost no gravy, just let paneer and capsicum to get coated with onion, spices, tomatoes.
  7. Add 2 Tb.spoon heavy cream. Mix all well and add fresh cilantro. Stir-fry on high heat for two minutes. Shut off gas. Cover with lid and let it stay for some time before serving with roti or rice.


Shikhar said...

Usha ji, you are gud photographer indeed. Cool pics.

I have to say something. But let me first try your version and compare the taste.

BTW, my opinion about any paneer subji is that you have to have more gravy and less paneer because paneer sucks almost nothing and tastes neutral.

Usha said...

Shikhar, Thanks for your Diwali greetings in another comment.

Picture is not very clear..it got blurred a bit..day time capture would have been more better.

I agree that Paneer do not absorb much flavors...I have used good amount of onions and tomatoes to have generous dry gravy coat with each bite...I did mention to adjust gravy as per taste.

Let me know your results.Thanks.

suspire said...

Nice shots.
Where did you get the Kadhai bowl?
I've been looking for one like that with low handles. Are they stainless?

Usha said...

Suspire, thanks.

You will be surprised to know that I got it from Harris teeter, our local grocery super market. This was seasonal feature and I got them in clearance..I guess I paid not more than 4$. Body is anodized and handles are steel or may be they are polished to look like steel. I will check if there is any logo at the bottom so that you can look for them.

They are too tiny and you can not use for cooking, they are good for serving. I will suggest you to put these words in google and check variety of Kadhais available on net for sale. Google for -- "indiamart karahi kadhai" and click on images.

If you tell me for what purpose you need kadhai, I can suggest you more appropriate one.

thanks for stopping by. :)

suspire said...

Thanks for the info Usha.

I'm trying to track down serving bowls I saw in a restaurant called Brick Lane. I spoke to the manager and he said they don't sell them and the owner brings them over from India. Haven't been able to speak to him yet.

Can't find them anywhere online.

Here's a post I made about them: