kadai paneer recipe restaurant style, how to make kadai paneer recipe


kadai paneer restaurant style recipe with step by step photos. kadai paneer is one of the most popular paneer recipe along with paneer butter masala, palak paneer, matar paneer and paneer makhani.  it could be made dry, semi dry or gravy version. there is also a kadai paneer gravy version posted on the blog.

this kadai paneer recipe is a semi dry version. the recipe is simple and very easy to make. this restaurant style kadai paneer recipe is adapted from the cookbook prashad – cooking with indian masters by jiggs kalra.

this book has restaurant style recipes, but most of them are non vegetarian ones. a must have book if you want to have some yummy food. i have made a few recipes from the book and they have all been great like dhingri dolma, amritsari dal, methi mushroom, navratan korma and mushroom peas curry.


this recipe is called as kadai paneer as the whole dish is prepared in a kadai or karahi. this humble indian cookware which is similar to the chinese wok but with steeper sides. kadai is used to prepare many other indian stir fried vegetable dishes and even for deep frying indian snacks like samosa, pakoras (fritters). even some sweets like gajar halwa, suji halwa, moong dal halwa, rabri is prepared in the kadai. if you don’t have a kadai, then make the recipe in a pan.

the flavors of this restaurant style kadai paneer recipe comes from freshly pounded coriander seeds and kashmiri red chilies and yes adding freshly pounded spices do make a lot of difference to the food that we cook.

another factor of this recipe is that it does not have onions but garlic is added. for folks who do not eat onion and garlic, just do not add garlic to the recipe and you have a kadai paneer without onions and garlic. for the recipe, i had made paneer the previous night, but you can use store brought paneer.

few tips for kadai paneer recipe:

  • to make the pounding easier in a mortar pestle, dry roast the red chilies and coriander seeds.
  • the capsicum can also be diced, but making juliennes means faster cooking.
  • since red chilies are used, one does not need to add red chili powder.
  • you have to make this recipe in the kadai and not in any other pan :-) folks who do not have kadai, use a wok instead.
  • this kadai paneer recipe is a semi dry and mildly spiced recipe and no water is used in this one.
  • best to have kadai paneer with onion rings, lemon wedges and tandoori naan, garlic naan or tandoori roti.
  • its always better to use homemade paneer for any paneer recipe. once you learn to make paneer at home then you will not feel like buying it from outside.

if you are looking for more paneer recipes then do check shahi paneer, paneer butter masala, palak paneer, matar paneerpaneer bhurji, paneer tikka masala and paneer veg sandwich.

restaurant style kadai paneer recipe below:

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kadai paneer recipe
kadai paneer recipe - restaurant style semi dry curry made with cottage cheese, capsicum/green bell peppers and indian spices.
CUISINE: indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 250 gms paneer/cottage cheese, cubed
  • 5-6 medium tomatoes/tamatar, chopped
  • 1 or 2 green chilies/hari mirch, chopped
  • 6-7 garlic/lahsun, crushed
  • 1.5 inch ginger/adrak, half crushed and half julienned
  • 2 green bell peppers/capsicum/shimla mirch, julienned
  • 5-6 kashmiri red chilies
  • 1.5 tbsp coriander seeds/dhania seeds, roasted
  • 1.5 to 2 tsp crushed kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ cup chopped coriander/cilantro leaves/dhania
  • 2 tbsp
  • salt or black salt
  1. in a kadai heat 2 tbsp oil. add the crushed ginger and garlic. saute these till the raw smell disappears.
  2. now add the chopped tomatoes. saute the tomatoes till they become soft.
  3. pound the coriander seeds and red chilies to a roughly fine powder.
  4. after 8-10 minutes add the spice powder to the tomatoes.
  5. saute the tomatoes till the whole mixture become like a paste and starts to leave oil.
  6. now add the capsicum julienne and chopped green chilies. and saute the capsicum for some 8-10 minutes.
  7. add salt and garam masala powder. mix these with the rest of the masala.
  8. its time to add the paneer. cook the paneer for 2 to 3 minutes in the masala.
  9. lastly add kasuri methi, ginger julienne and coriander leaves. mix and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  10. serve the kadai paneer, hot with rotis or naans.

step by step restaurant style kadai paneer recipe.

1. start by rinsing the veggies and chopping them later.

veggies for kadhai-paneer recipe

2. in a kadai, heat 2 tbsp oil and add crushed ginger garlic or ginger garlic paste (¾ inch ginger + 6-7 garlic).

frying crushed ginger garlic for kadai paneer

3. fry till the raw smell disappears. then add 5-6 medium sized chopped tomatoes.

frying tomatoes for kadai paneer recipe

4. fry the tomatoes on a low flame. keep an eye on the tomatoes and also start to take 5-6 red chilies and 1.5 tbsp coriander seeds in a mortar and pestle.

fry tomatoes for making kadai paneer recipe

5. crush them to a coarse to fine powder. you could also use a dry grinder for this purpose. i felt the mixture was too less to go into the grinder, so i used the mortar and pestle. you can also lightly roast the spices before crushing them.

pounded coriander seeds chilies for kadai paneer recipe

6. after 10 minutes, add fresh and aromatic coriander seeds-red chillies powder to the tomatoes.

spice powder for recipe kadai paneer

7. mix the coriander-dry red chili powder with the tomatoes and saute everything till the whole mixture becomes paste like. this method is called ‘bhunao‘ in hindi.

kadai paneer sauted paste

8. when the whole masala has become paste like and starts to release oil, then add 2 capsicum juliennes and also add 1-2 chopped green chillies.

you can see my julienne are so thick. that they should not be called julienne 😉  got to practice more to get fine juliennes. you cannot see the green chilies in the pic, though…

adding capsicum to kadai paneer recipe

9. mix the capsicum/shmila mirch, julienne and 1-2 chopped green chilies with the rest of the masala.

mixing capsicum with masala for kadai paneer

10. saute the capsicum till they are half cooked. if the mixture looks dry you can sprinkle some water. later add salt and add ½ tsp garam masala powder.

adding salt to kadai paneer recipe

11. mix the salt and garam masala powder with the rest of the sabzi and add 250 grams paneer cubes.

adding paneer cubes for kadai paneer

12. and then mix the paneer cubes so that the masala coats the paneer cubes.

mixing paneer cubes

13. let the paneer cook for 2 to 3 mins and then add 1.5 to 2 tsp kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves), ¾ inch ginger julienne and ½ cup chopped coriander leaves.

adding spices to kadai paneer

14. stir the whole mixture and cook for a 2-3 minutes more. your kadai paneer is ready.

serve kadai paneer with rotis, naans, parathas or tandoori rotis. kadai paneer goes very well with naan and i have already few naan recipesnaan without yeast, naan recipe with yeast and garlic naan recipe. lastly, enjoy the meal :-)

kadai paneer

{ 192 Responses }

  1. venisa says

    Grt recipe….trying it out today☺
    Can i substitute capsicum with somethin else????pls suggest.
    do share your cooking website.

  2. meena says

    Dassana u r an amazing chef… :).. Tried dis outn it was just superb…. Thanks fr sharing these with us

  3. Neha Pandey says

    Hey,I am in maternity leave right n have time at hand and try your dishes from time to time..must say you make it easy for all of us..my husband is thrilled i discovered your web page cause he gets to eat gets to eat restaurent sylt food at home..kudos to you:)

  4. purvi palera says

    Ur recipes looks very deliciouss….I have tried kadhaai paneer n it ws very tastyyy….thanks for these deliciouss recipes….tym to try da next masala paneer….

  5. Sneha says

    I just made this for dinner and it was delicious! :) it’s a simple recipe when you’re pressed for time and not many ingredients or lots of fine chopping either! Thanks Dassana! :)

  6. shelly says

    Mind blowing recepie, i tried it second time yesterday and i got so many appreciations from my friends…..I want recipie of malai kofta also, do you have that too?

  7. Ankur says

    Awesome….thank you so very much….now we can proudly say that we guys do not depend upon anyone for a real treat….

  8. Jinal says


    I really wanna thank you for this website. It is a blessing. As Im not a good cook. But I make few receipies from your website and they are just awesome. Pls continue with more receipes.


  9. Deepa says

    Another perfect recipe!!! I used home made Seitan instead of paneer and it worked great. Love your recipes

  10. Aruna says

    I made this today and it turned out awesome except for one mistake I made. Sharing so others do not make the same. I added more than the recommended amount of Kasuri Methi due to which there was an after taste . Stick with the recepie and it will turn out great!!

    Thank you for the wonderful recepie and the very nice photographs which I found so useful along the way!!

    • says

      thanks aruna. we all learn from our mistakes :-) i too make them at times. kasuri methi always has to be added in less amounts. like you say it leaves an after taste and also there is a slight bitter taste in the food.

  11. meenakshi says

    hi , i tried the kadai paneer. i am actually a begineer in cooking. ur blog helped me a lot. taste is really awesome. i would say wow. thanks for the receipie.
    now i am gonna try all other gravies from ur blog.

  12. prachi says

    Your recipes are simple yet amazing. I can use my kitchen utensils in the best possible way without fretting over any thing in particular. Thank you so much.

  13. Sudhanshu Mittal says


    I really find the way you explain to recipe interesting. However, just want to give a feedback about Garnishing. Kindly also mention how we can garnish various dishes (mentioned on your pages), so as to make it attractive (attractive to eyes which complements the taste).

  14. Nisha says

    Hi Dassana,
    Recently I tried two recipes of yours, the yellow dal tadka and the kadai paneer (following your instructions as written). And both the dishes turned out awesome. I wasnt able to get a paneer dish right but ur recipe was a deal cracker for me. Thank you and I look forward to trying many more of your recipes.

  15. Rishika says

    Hey Dassana & Amit,

    It’s very nice to see you both working together for your website which is totally
    dedicated to help others.
    Since there are lot of links available online, I got confused today and thought of
    raising this stupid question to you guys 😀
    I think the website background was in green colour before,
    cause lot of times I got help from the green colour website and I could not remember the name.
    Now I am familiar with the style of pics and UI and I remember the name :)
    The question is coming from my past memory . Lol

    You guys are doing great job. The pics are awesome and steps are not at all boring.
    Since there is no video it can be accessed from anywhere 😉

    Wishes & Regards,

    • says

      welcome rishika. our previous website background color was white and link colors were pink. you can bookmark the website for easy reference. do visit again.

  16. reena says

    This recipe was super tasty….my family loved juz loved it!!! I also tried it wit soyabean and that tasted tooo gud.
    Thank you so much : ))

  17. Tina says


    I have been following ur blogs n recipes and tried kadai paneer for the first time.

    It was very good and my family enjoyed it and I loved cooking it as it was so simple n clean recipe.

    Thank you so much and keep sharing more simpler recipes.

    Tina Rohra

  18. says

    i always love ur site .something attracts me here.Its your pictures or your words i dont know .This recipe seems to be so intresting and yummy .I tried your whole wheat bread with few changes and i will be posting it in my space soon .

  19. Siri says

    Came out really tasty…..but added onions for more gravy…tastes better thn restaurant …nd very simple to make..thx alot

  20. Nikhil says

    Dassana, this is the second recipe of your’s I’m trying in the same week (-:
    Came out awesome! Everyone loved it and it truly is restaurant style (but better).

    PS: I used ginger and garlic paste at the start and then added ginger pieces at the end. I needed to julienne my ginger finer or chop it up as I had a few pieces of almost raw ginger when I ate my serving 😛

    Thank you!

  21. kirti says

    Hi Dassana, tried this recipe today for lunch…it was so delicious…thanx a lot for ur amazing efforts….m thinking to try shahi paneer soon ..want to know the melon seeds u mentioned there are musk melon seeds or watermelon seeds..

  22. *Stacey says

    Definitely a 5-star recipe :)
    So tasty, please give it a try.

    (I would have rated it on my last post but the rating stars weren’t working)

  23. *Stacey says

    I made this recipe this evening and it was tasty! However I mad a couple alterations. Instead of using paneer, I used tofu. I am confident that paneer would be really tasty however I am trying to lower my dairy intake.
    I also used fenugreek powder (1/2 tsp) instead of fenugreek leaves and I used ground ginger (less than 1 tsp) instead of fresh ginger.

  24. amitha says

    Hi dasanna,

    i have been reading and trying most of the recipes that you post. I like them. I just wanted to know whether we get dry fenugreek leaves in market? I have been searching for it at many places but could not get it.. most of your recipies use this, so please tel me whether this can be home made


    • says

      we do get dry fenugreek leaves in the market. its called as kasuri methi. you can make at home too. an easy way is to just dry the methi leaves in the sun. first rinse the leaves well, pat then dry with a kitchen towel and then dry them in the sun. when they are completely dried, store in an air tight box. btw the finest kasuri methi comes from kasur/qasoor in pakistan.

  25. Ashwini says

    Hi Dassana,
    Thank you once again for this simple and flavourful recipe.Made it few days back with rotis. Everyone loved it.

  26. divya says

    hi dassana,
    the recipe is awesom n so easy to make. im single n hardly cook, though i like cooking bt my job doesnt allow me to do so. i love kadhaai paneer bt nvr tried my hands in it./….today the cook dint turn up n i had all the veggies required so i decided to cook n search fr the recipe…this was the first site i stumbled upon n the result ws surprising…:) thanks a lot n keep it up….will surely try ur other recipes. all the best!

  27. farhath says

    I am making this like every other week, It is just yummy, thank you,
    I would like to make a suggestion to it, saute the paneer in some oil before mixing it to the curry, it enhances the taste.:-)

    Thank you,

    • says

      thanks farhath. i know sauting the paneer in oil before adding to the masala does taste good. will add your suggestion in the notes section of the recipe.

  28. Aisha says

    Too good………. I made this at eid party and everyone loved it. Will try some other receipts by you very soon.

  29. simran says


    i have made paneer tikka with ur recipe and its was ultimate… 1st dish that made tasty in my life :-)
    thanks dear

  30. Deepti says

    Hello Dassana,

    Thank you for providing this recipe.. I am a novice but it turned out to be very good and my family members loved it! Thanks again for guiding newcomers like me :-)

  31. Chayanika says

    Hi Dassana
    Thanks for the recipe, I would be trying it soon and would definitely give you my feedback then. I loved your style of ‘Recipe writing’ and somehow it made me want to write to you. I am a very occasional cook but I love cooking. I love to just search the web for new newer and unique recipes!!!
    however I really want a recipe for cooking paneer without onions and garlic, since my husband eats vegetarian food on Saturdays, and he loves paneer. Hope you might be aware that for Bengalis vegetarian means without onions and garlic, though I find it queer, but still that is what is vegetarian for us!!!So I was hoping whether you can help me out with a recipe for paneer without onions and garlic. Though frankly speaking I would be trying out this recipe of yours without the garlic 😉 tomorrow and would let you know the outcome.
    Thanks and warm wishes

    P.S. I would have asked you the meaning of Dassana, but then my good sense prevailed and I went back to your ‘About’ page and read the meaning. its a beautiful name!!

    • says

      hi chayanika. thanks for writing and am glad you wrote. i had a feeling that for bengalis vegetarian means without onion & garlic, but was not completely sure about this. now i know :-)
      just add a generous pinch of hing/asafoetida to the kadai paneer recipe, if you prefer. just to slightly mimic the onion-garlic flavors.

      warm wishes to you too chayanika. you also have a beautiful name and i wonder what does it mean.

  32. bina patel says

    hey mem tody i make paneer kadhai with ur recipe and its was realy to good like resturent thanku

  33. says

    Hi Dassana,
    Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe, tried your Kadai Paneer and loved it a lot. Posted the recipe on my space too :) Thanks again..love ur pictures !

  34. suvidha shelar says

    Thanks a lot to make such a good n testy recipe web site..
    yesterday i made Kadai Paneer and i got so great response from my family…they just loved it….the all credit goes to you because of your blog i made such a good recipe…
    again thanks a lot…

  35. Swapnil says

    Wow…..I made this yesterday and it turned out just like from a restaurant. I only made one change by adding some thinly sliced red onions and I guess it added to the flavor of the dish. I have also tried your pav bhaji and spinach daal recipes and it was the best ever bhaji I’ve ever made….my husband just loved it ( and he’s a picky eater)
    I am just going to stick to your blog for my cooking needs from now on. Thanks for your wonderful recipes and your awesome blog!

  36. Prachi Deore says

    After successful attempt in cooking your PBM recipe, all of a sudden I have developed interest in cooking. So the next in line was Kadhai Paneer. I cooked it y’day. What I can say, again a gr8 restaurant style recipe and so easy to make. My husband and me are relishing your recipes.

  37. Smitha says

    This is the 5th consecutive day i m preparing this dish n believe me , it myt continue for few more days …everyone loved it.!! I google a lot on recipes n m so fortunate to have found u ,of all sites i have ever come across , u r d best ! its simple , easy to make and taste ?… jus heavenly !!! :)

  38. Aditya says

    Thank you so much for this great recipe. Made it today and none of my friends could believe that it was made at home. Typical restaurant type taste.

  39. says

    Woohhh u know my dad is an NRI not really fond of paneer
    He came to see us and i used ur recipe
    He simply loved it and told me he is proud to have a daughter like me
    M just 19 and cooked this for the first time
    And it looked yum and tasted even better
    Thank you thank you thank you…
    You are simply awesome 😀
    Keep up the good work!

  40. harshil says

    I love ur recipe…it is so easy to understand, the way u hv added the pics at each step is amazing..thank you so much for a wonderful site…I m going to try it tomorrow n I m a new ingredient in kitchen…so all the best to me..thanx a ton

  41. Ritika says

    Loved it! It was easy to make.. even when I didnt have kashmiri mirch and green chillies and added some red chilli powder instead, turned out really good. Really enjoyed the pictorial depiction, so comforting for a beginner cook.. Thanks for posting!

  42. Manjula Arora says

    Amazing!!! because of the pictures I didn’t forget the steps and could make kadai paneer more easily. Please give some more such recipes which are easily available in kitchen. Thanks.

    • says

      thanks manjula. there are many recipes on the blog that has ingredients easily available in the kitchen. in your free time you can surf the recipes on the blog.

  43. divya says

    hi dassana,
    this is a lovely recipe for kadhai paneer!!! my husband only likes to eat shahi paneer but i took a gamble and used your recipe and the result was SUCCESS. He finished the entire bowl!!! thank you so much!

  44. Ashna says

    Hi, thanks for posting this. i’ve followed your paneer recipe and i’m going to store it for me to mke this kadai paneer tomorrow. must i fry the paneer? is not, how do i have to store it – in the fridge or freezer? what do i have to do before using the paneer tomorrow?
    thanks for such wonderful recipes. :)

    • says

      thanks ashna. no need to fry the paneer. if using the next day, then you can keep in the fridge. but keep in a box or keep covered. you can also keep the paneer in the tray just below the freezer if this option is there in your fridge. just let the paneer come to the room temperature before you add in the kadai for making kadai paneer. enjoy cooking :-)

      • Ashna says

        thank you Dassana :)
        i’m planning to cook this along with aloo bhatura but i’m unable to make a distinction between wheat flour and refined wheat flour. I live in Mauritius, so i don’t think the ingredients are named the same way as yours. can you shed some light, please?

  45. says

    Hey Dassana!!!

    ‘The recipe turned out AWESOME’…will be an understatement :)) Pictures surely did speak louder than words and the step by step process clicked…goes to show ur passion for cooking :) Thanks for a terrific recipe girl :)

  46. jay says

    I have to say that this recipe was easy and delicious. Even my daughter who is not a big fan of Indian food loved it. Usually I am very sceptical about “restaurant style” recipes because I am thinking lots of grease, ingredients that I don’t have at home, too many spices, etc, etc…But this recipe was very different and is a keeper. Thanks so much for posting this online.

    • says

      thanks jay. in the restaurants they use a lot of oil, spices etc. but when we make at home we can create the same taste & flavor using healthy ingredients.

  47. Ronak says

    I just tried this restaurant style kadai paneer and it was simply superb! Tastes even better than restaurant ! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe! I am looking forward to trying other recipes on your website :)

  48. bharti says

    DELICIOUS! I loved the simplicity and taste of this recipe. I’ve been reading all of your punjabi recipes and a lot of them remind me of what my grandma used to make. Your recipes are authentic and delicious. Keep it up! :)

  49. Mohana says

    Wow!!!!!! your kadhai paneer is superbly fantastic. It tastes better than any restaurant. I am loving it Ooh:-)

  50. Priyanka Nagar says

    I tried this dish today and it came out amazing! My co-worker came to my desk through the wonderful smell. She tasted it and loved it too!

  51. shweta thakur says

    i have just read this reciepe …yummy…mooh me pani aa raha hae..he best part is that…each step itne achae se bataya hae k confidence aa jata hae…yes i can make it…..tand now i could not stop myself from trying it….i hope jitni achee dikh rahi hae utni yummy bane b….i.’ll surely let u know…..Thankyou so much

  52. April says

    I’m a new reader of your blog, from the US. Made this recipe over the weekend and it turned out great. I even made my own paneer thanks to your directions. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  53. nisha kakwani says

    i love kadai paneer,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, lekin aaj me is recipe se banaya
    hmmmmm…………. bahut yami-yami bna

  54. Nandini says

    Hi Dassana,
    Just made this and it turned out so good.
    Thankyou for the easy recipe. I came across your blog just today
    your pictures and recipes are great, made me want to try this immediately!
    I will surely be back again and again!

  55. suhani says

    i made kadai paneer today with dhaba style dal, jeera rice and rotis..the food was heavenly..the kadai paneer was so tasty that my husband declared me the masterchef of the house..i m so glad to have found this site nd most importantly u Dassana..i m so grateful to u to be my cooking friend and guide..

    • says

      dear suhani, thanks for all your encouraging comments. i don’t have any words to say as i am feeling so good for you.

  56. Sandhya says

    In any other websites they hardly attract users to feel they want to try the recipe. this is the only page i found with great pictures of step by step process which makes me feel that i’ll succeed in my attempt of making this dish

    please keep going!!!

    upload more and more recipes

    i’m a fan of your site from now on :)

    all the best !!!!!!

    • says

      dear sandhya

      your comment has made my day. its visitors like you who encourage me with your positive comments and compliments. thanks a lot.

      i will be uploading more recipes.

      if you are interested you can subscribe to my website and get the recipes in your inbox. click on the link below to subscribe.


  57. jyoti says

    superb yaar…..will try today itself….I am sure my hubby goin to impress with this…..cheers…………….

  58. sneha says

    The pictures are so tempting! And the step by step instructions with pictures are just fantastic! Thank you so much.

  59. says

    Came here through tastespotting and so glad to find you!
    Your kadai paneer looks and sounds so lip smacking. Even though I’m not a big fan of paneer, the husband is and I’m *so* tempted to give it a try..