Sunday, April 8, 2012
"Kadai Paneer" is a North Indian dish made out of Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) and Capsicum (Green Bell Pepper).
Its a very good side dish for Indian Bread varieties like Butter Naans, Phulkas and Rotis.
We can also use Red Bell Peppers along with the Greens.
Paneer - 200 gms
Capsicum or Bell Pepper - 1 Large (cut lengthwise)
Onion cubes - 20 to 25
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala Powder - less than 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Tomatoes - 2 (medium sized)
Chopped Garlic - 1 tsp
Chopped Ginger - 3/4 tsp
Red Chilli - 1
Ghee - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - less than 1/4 tsp
Garlic - 1 tsp (thinly chopped)
Green Chilli - 1 tsp (thinly chopped)
Onion - 1 (chopped)
Cumin Powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder - a pinch
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Corriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - for the gravy part alone
Green Chillies - few chopped crosswise
Hot Oil - 1 tsp
Make a paste (need not be a fine paste) of items given in "To Grind".
Heat Ghee in a pan. Shallow fry the paneer cubes in the hot ghee till it turns golden brown all the sides. When its done keep it aside.
To the remaining ghee, add the onion cubes and the lengthwise cut bell pepper. Add the required salt too. Saute it in medium-high flame for 5 minutes but see to it that you dont brown them.
Heat Ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds, chopped garlic and green chillies. Saute a minute and then add the chopped onions. Fry the onions till it turns little brown. Add all the dry powders except Garam Masala Powder and salt directly in the ghee. Saute this until it turns out reddish.
Now add the grinded paste to the onion-dry powders cooked mixture. If it gets too dry, add little water. Cook this gravy in medium flame till it leaves out enough oil.
Add fried paneer cubes, fried onion cubes and capsicum to it. Cook it in medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes. Add Garam Masala Powder to it and cook for another 2 minutes.
Transfer the Kadai Paneer to a serving kadai. Garnish with chopped green chillies and pour little hot oil on the top.
The delicious Kadai Paneer is ready to be served hot.