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30 June, 2014

Kadai Paneer

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I made this dish a while back, along with coconut-milk rice, when I wanted to make something out of the few ingredients I had in my pantry. We were a few days away from our big grocery shopping trip, which we make every 2 weeks, to avoid going shopping every week. Ugh! I hate shopping for groceries. Especially hauling those big bags of food supplies from our parking spot, to our condo. I need food supplies, but I don’t want to go shopping for it!

Anyway, my mom in law and I looked in the fridge, and the pantry, trying to find something that we could use to make a side for the coconut rice. The things we had were : Some crumbled pieces of paneer, there were some tomatoes that just lost their will to live, but we found a few respectable ones, some bell peppers, and a big onion. And there were a few spices left in the pantry. And we made our version of Kadai paneer! Paneer tossed in a reduced tomato gravy, with ginger, garlic, onions, and bell peppers, with the earthy, intriguing flavor of oregano, and kasuri methi.

You will need the following ingredients:

Paneera handful

Chopped Bell Peppers/Capsicum 1 cup

Chopped red onions1 cup

Fresh ginger-garlic paste1 tablespoon

Dried oregano1 teaspoon

Tomato Puree1 1/2 cups

Turmeric powder1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder3/4 teaspoon

Garam masala1 good pinch

Crushed Kasuri methi/Dried Fenugreek leves2 tablespoons

Sugar1/2 teaspoon


Heat about 5 tablespoons of butter in a pan, and add about a teaspoon of oregano.
Kadai paneer recipe
Throw in the chopped onions, and sauté until the onions are lightly browned. Add ginger-garlic paste.
Easy kadai paneer recipe
Saute and add the bell peppers…
Kadai Paneer Recipe
Let the bell peppers cook a little bit, and add turmeric powder, and chilli powder…
Easy Kadai Paneer Recipe
Add the tomato puree, and salt, and cook the puree on a medium flame, for about 5 minutes. When the puree is cooked, add a pinch of good garam masala.
Easy Kadai Paneer Recipe
Stir, and toss in the paneer…
Kadai Paneer recipe
Stir, and add the crushed methi leaves. I find that crushing the dried leaves between your palms or with your fingers helps it to release all the wonderful, earthy flavor that it has. Next, a good pinch of sugar, or about 1/2 teaspoon, just to balance-out the tanginess of the tomatoes…
Easy Kadai Paneer Recipe
Stir to combine, and its done! Transfer the delicious Kadai Paneer to a serving dish, and top with fresh cilantro.
Kadai Paneer

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