Do you love Paneer as much as I do? I have been struggling to get rid of milk products over the last few months and the biggest enemy in this process has been paneer. Ofcourse Tofu can be substituted for vegan options but the creaminess of paneer can’t be obtained. I pray to the lord each day for a vegan Paneer which tastes like the real deal to be launched soon. I hope he is reading this. 😀
Kadhai Paneer literally means Paneer sauted in a pan, Kadhai = Pan. If you are on my website then you are not new to the concept of paneer for sure. Thus won’t waste time explaining what paneer is or how it is made.
I live outside India and when you live out you miss the easy access of restaurant style Indian food. That doesn’t mean there aren’t Indian restaurants here, but it is different back home. And that’s how I comfort myself by making this Kadhai Paneer in the restaurant style. It is an easy recipe and requires really low level of cooking skills. (Trust me on this)
I love to enjoy this experience with some Naan and Jeera Rice. What is your favorite Paneer dish?
Enjoy the meal! Or as we say in Dutch ‘Eet smaaklijk’
Kadhai Paneer (Restaurant Style)
In a spice or coffee grinder, add the red chilli and the coriander seeds and grind them into a semi fine powder.
In a sauce pan, add the paneer cubes along with a pinch of salt and 2 cups of water. Bring this to a boil and turn off the heat. Let the paneer cubes soak in the water for another 5 mins and later drain this. This makes the paneer really soft and tasty.
In a heavy bottomed pan, add the finely chopped onion and saute them till they turn translucent (off white). Then add the ginger-garlic paste and cook it till the raw smell goes away. This should take around 2 mins.
Add the chopped tomatoes and saute till it is mashable. This should take 4-5 mins.
Add the earlier grinded spice mix (coriander seed and red chilli). Coat the gravy very well. Let this cook till the oil starts separating from the tomatoes.
Add the slit green chilli and bell peppers. Also add the water depending on how dry you like the gravy. This won't taste good if it is too liquidy though.
Add the paneer cubes and mix everything very well but with soft hands. Stirring it too vigorously can break the paneer cubes. Check for seasoning and add the garam masala. Mix everything well and finally garnish it with coriander leaves.
This goes great with roti or naan.