Kadai Paneer Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)

Kadai paneer, a mouthwatering combination of paneer, capsicum, tomato, onion and traditional Indian spices cooked in ghee, is one of the most popular curry recipes of Indian and Punjabi cuisine. It is a main course curry recipe and generally served with Indian breads like roti, naan, kulcha, paratha, etc. Due to its exotic taste and looks, it generally finds its way into the menu of important functions like marriage. Learn how to make it in minutes with this step by step photo recipe.

Gravy Kadai Paneer Recipe

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 servings
250 gms Paneer (cottage cheese), cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons Dry Coriander Seeds
2 Dry Red Kashmiri Chillies
1 Green Cardamom
2 medium Capsicums, chopped into 1-inch pieces
3 medium Tomatoes, finely chopped
2 medium Onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Ginger-Garlic Paste
1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
2 tablespoons Tomato Puree, optional
2 teaspoons Dry Fenugreek Leaves (kasuri methi)
3 tablespoons Cooking Oil or Ghee (clarified butter)
2 tablespoons Fresh Cream, optional
1/3 cup Water
Salt, to taste

How to make Kadhai Paneer without gravy:

To make this curry without gravy, skip adding tomato puree (in step-6), water (in step-9) and fresh cream (in step-11).


Tomato puree and fresh cream are optional ingredients in this recipe. If they are not available, you can skip them to make this paneer kadai curry.


  1. Dry roast coriander seeds, kashmiri red chilli and green cardamom until nice aroma releases, for around 1-minute over low flame. Turn off flame and grind them in a grinder until smooth powder. Keep aside until required.
  2. If you are using frozen paneer, then defrost it before cooking. Place cubes in hot water for 7-8 minutes to keep them soft. Drain a them and keep aside until required.
  3. step-1
    Heat oil or ghee in a non-stick pan over medium flame. Add chopped onion and sauté until it turns translucent.
  4. step-2
    Add ginger-garlic paste and red chilli powder; sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  5. step-3
    Add chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  6. step-4
    Cook until they turn tender and oil starts to separate or for around 4-5 minutes. Add crushed spices powder (prepared in step-1), mix well and cook for 2-minutes. Add tomato puree and mix.
  7. step-5
    Add chopped capsicum and salt, cook for 3-minutes.
  8. step-6
    Crush dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) using your hand and add in the curry.
  9. step-7
    Add 1/3 cup water and cook for 3-minutes.
  10. step-8
    Add paneer cubes.
  11. step-9
    Mix and cook for 3-minutes. Add fresh cream.
  12. step-10
    Mix well and turn off flame. Do not cook for longer after adding fresh cream otherwise it may curdle. Transfer prepared curry to a serving bowl and serve hot.
Tips and Variations:

  • This easy and authentic recipe uses paneer cubes directly. However, you can shallow fry them (either in oil or ghee) until light brown for variation in taste.
  • You can use tofu instead of paneer if later is not available.
Taste: Spicy with thick gravy.
Serving Ideas: Serve kadai paneer with butter naan, lachha paratha or tandoori roti and onion cucumber and tomato salad. When this curry and Indian bread are accompanied with a glass of lassi, it becomes an authentic Punjabi meal.

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Nov 16, 2017 by Maya raveendran
I made it..really it came out well.. thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe.. yummy ..

Nov 01, 2017 by Alex
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Jul 17, 2017 by s mukherjee
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Jun 08, 2017 by Neha shukla
I loved the recipe... it's yummyyy...

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Jun 02, 2017 by monu
It is very good. I loved the pictures.

Feb 25, 2017 by Ravi
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Feb 25, 2017 by Manju
Thanks for this recipe my parents liked it very well...and it came very well but it was less spicy....

Response: Hello Manju, you can increase the amount of red chilli powder to make it more spicy.

Feb 05, 2017 by Maryann Raj
Omg delicious! I added red pepper as well and it balanced out the spice nicely.

Sep 12, 2016 by Aparna singh
Thanks for this wonderful recipe, I tried kadhai paneer and my in-laws liked it.

Response: Thank you Aparna for trying the recipe. Glad to hear that your in-laws liked it.

Aug 29, 2016 by Sadhna
I am sorry but I tried this recipe and it came out very bad.

Response: Hello Sadhna, I am sorry to hear that this recipe didn't work for you.

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Very nice and tasty receipe. I liked it.

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May 14, 2016 by Neetu
Thank u so much for easy recipe.

May 12, 2016 by Murali
Superb. Really mouth watering.

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Apr 30, 2016 by Vivek Girdhar
Very nice recipe. I used it to impress my wife.

Apr 28, 2016 by Divyani
I made it! Every person in house couldn't believe I made this sabzi... It was damn amazing... All I extra added was 250 gm of extra paneer...

People asked me twice whether I made it or not!!


Mar 18, 2016 by NEHA BHARTI
Can I use coriander powder instead of dry coriander seeds?

Response: Yes, you can use same amount of coriander powder instead of coriander seeds.

Mar 11, 2016 by Kavitha
Tasty paneer kadai recipe. Step by step teaching process with images was very helpful. Thanks a lot..

Feb 11, 2016 by Ram
Nice recipe. I'm Jain, so can I skip onions and what's the alternate for onions?

Response: You can skip the onion in the given recipe and no need to use anything else in place of it in this recipe.

Dec 29, 2015 by Aathira
Hi, nice recipe. Looking yummy..can we skip kasuri methi?

Response: Yes, you can skip kasuri methi.

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Very nice recipe, thanks. Very delicious and looking good.

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The dish was pretty easy to make, and delicious to eat. Thank you so much for such an amazing recipe :) One thing though- the appearance was not what I had expected....

Jun 03, 2015 by Pawan Gupta
It's a good recipe and I always love kadai paneer. Loved it.

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I have just tried. It's easy. But I add green chilies. Though it doesn't look yummy but the taste was like yummy yummy :)

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I have tried it successfully. The whole family was very happy to enjoy the tasty dish. This recipe was like high class restaurant preparation. Thank you very very much.

Mar 14, 2015 by Sushma
It was tasty and also enjoyable but I did not like its flavor.

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I made it today... The result was amazing. I added a little garam masala as I felt it was bland.

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Super veggie dish! Thank you for the easy explanation about the dish!

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Thanks for your superb recipe. And thanks for your wonderful tip to use tomato puree along with chopped tomatoes. I never knew this. Would love to see your website for more different kind of restaurant style of recipes.

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very easy recipe steps....thanx.

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Very easy an interesting receipe. Enjoyed the every bit. Thanks.

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May 30, 2014 by Seena Rajsekar
Its my favourite my family also loved it very delicious.....

May 27, 2014 by Raina
I tried it... it tastes superb ... thankz for this delicious recipe..

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My favourite........very delicious & inviting dish.