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kadai veg recipe - restaurant style punjabi kadai veg gravy recipe.

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veg kadai recipe with step by step pics – restaurant style delicious kadai vegetable gravy recipe.

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at home, we like kadai recipes and so i make these on ocassions. though most of the times, i make kadai paneer as its easy to put together, this time i made mix vegetable kadai.

making veg kadai takes some more time than preparing kadai paneer as the veggies need to be cooked. but the results are too good and delicious. make this veg kadai gravy on weekends or for festive or family occasions as the gravy is a bit rich.

generally kadai recipes are made in a kadai. kadai resembles the chinese wok, but is more broader & deeper than a wok. in india the kadai is used as an utensil for deep frying as well as to make many dishes like:

  1. kadai mushroom
  2. mysore pak
  3. kadai mushroom gravy

if you don’t have a kadai or wok then just make in a pot or pan. in this recipe i have made some variations in the kadai masala, which resulted in a better kadai gravy.

bell peppers are a must in the recipe. generally green bell peppers are added. however, even red or yellow colored bell peppers go well. you can even use a mix of all three bell peppers for a colorful dish. apart from bell peppers, the other veggies can be of your choice.

serve veg kadai gravy hot with tandoori rotis or naan or rotis or paratha or bread. also goes well with steamed rice, jeera rice or saffron rice or garam masala rice.

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veg kadai recipe

kadai veg recipe - restaurant style punjabi kadai veg gravy recipe.
course main course
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 50 minutes
total time 1 hour 20 minutes
servings 4
rough calories per serving 222 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for kadai masala

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 3 to 4 dry kashmiri red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 8 to 9 whole cashews (kaju)
  • 4 to 5 black peppers (sabut kali mirch)

veggies for veg kadai

  • 100 grams carrots (gajar) Or ½ cup carrots cut in batons
  • 100 grams potatoes (aloo) Or ½ cup potatoes cut in batons
  • cup green peas (matar) - fresh or frozen
  • 100 grams bell pepper or 1 medium sized or ½ cup sliced bell pepper (capsicum or shimla mirch)
  • 1/3 cup sliced onions
  • 1 tablespoon oil for sauteing bell peppers and onions

for veg kadai gravy

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste (adrak lahsun ka paste) Or ½ inch ginger and 3 to 4 garlic - crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle
  • 200 grams tomatoes or 3 medium tomatoes pureed - about ⅔ cup tomato puree
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoon low fat cream or whipping cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish (dhania patta)
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) - julienne for garnish (optional)
  • salt as required

how to make veg kadai recipe

making kadai masala

  1. heat a small frying pan and add the following spices - 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 1/2 inch cinnamon, 3 to 4 dry kashmiri red chilies, 1 tsp kasuri methi, 7 to 9 cashews, 4 to 5 black pepper.
  2. stir and roast till the spices become fragrant. no need to brown the spices.
  3. when the ingredients cool down, add all of them in a dry grinder or spice grinder.
  4. grind to a fine powder. remove the kadai masala and keep aside.

preparing veggies for veg kadai gravy

  1. also puree 3 medium tomatoes (200 grams) in the same grinder if its big enough or in another blender or mixer. no need to blanch tomatoes before pureeing. keep aside.
  2. in a pan heat 1 tbsp oil and add 1/3 cup sliced onions and 1/2 cup sliced bell pepper. use any colored bell pepper.
  3. stir very well and saute the onions and bell pepper on a low to medium flame.
  4. saute till the bell peppers are half cooked. some crunch is desirable.
  5. remove the sauteed onions and bell peppers aside. chop the potatoes and carrots in batons and keep aside too.

making veg kadai

  1. in the same pan, then heat 2 tbsp oil. add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  2. next add 1/4 cup finely chopped onions.
  3. stir and saute the onions till they become light golden.
  4. add the prepared tomato puree. if using ready tomato puree, then add 2/3 cup tomato puree.
  5. add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 1/4 tsp red chili powder. stir very well.
  6. saute the masala till it thickens and you see oil releasing from the sides.
  7. then add the potato, carrot batons along with 2/3 cup peas.
  8. stir and saute for a minute.
  9. add 1.5 to 2 cups water. season with some salt. stir.
  10. cover the pan. on a medium flame simmer and cook the veggies. check at intervals and if required, add more water.
  11. the veggies need to be cooked well yet still retain shape. they should not become too soft.
  12. then add the ground kadai masala reserving 1 tsp of it for garnish. stir very well.
  13. add the sauteed bell peppers (capsicum) and onions.

  14. mix and stir again very well.
  15. simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. if the kadai vegetable gravy looks dry, then do add some water.

  16. then add 3 tbsp cream. use low fat or whipping cream.
  17. stir and mix the cream with the rest of the gravy. switch off the flame.
  18. lastly add 2 to 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. stir again very well.
  19. serve kadai veg gravy hot garnished with some chopped coriander and sprinkled with the reserved kadai masala. 
  20. accompaniments for veg kadai gravy are tandoori rotis, naan, chapati, paratha, bread. also goes well with steamed rice, jeera rice or saffron rice.

recipe notes

substitutes:
2 tbsp cream - 1 tbsp milk powder or dairy whitener
cashews - almonds or melon seeds/magaz
kashmiri red chilies - any less to medium hot dry red chilies
kasuri methi - a pinch of fenugreek seed powder
vegan substitutes:
dairy cream - coconut cream
paneer - tofu

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preparation to make veg kadai recipe

1. begin by preparing the kadai masala. heat a small frying pan and add the following spices – 1 tbsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 2 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, ½ inch cinnamon, 3 to 4 dry kashmiri red chilies, 1 tsp kasuri methi, 7 to 9 cashews, 4 to 5 black pepper.

spices for vegetable kadai recipe

2. stir and roast till the spices become fragrant. no need to brown the spices.

spices for vegetable kadai recipe

3. when the ingredients cool down, add all of them in a dry grinder or spice grinder.

masala for vegetable kadai recipe

4. grind to a fine consistency. don’t make a coarse powder as the masala then comes in the mouth while eating. remove the kadai masala and keep aside. the cashews will release fat while grinding, but just scrape the masala from the sides and continue to grind again. substitutes for cashews are 6 to 7 almonds or ½ tbsp melon seeds (magaz). with almonds and melon seeds, the taste of the gravy will slightly change.

kadai masala for veg kadai recipe

5. also puree 3 medium tomatoes (200 grams) in the same grinder if its big enough or in another blender or mixer. no need to blanch tomatoes before pureeing. keep the tomato puree aside.

puree for vegetable kadai recipe

preparing veggies for kadai veg

6. in a kadai or pan heat 1 tbsp oil and add ⅓ cup sliced onions and ½ cup sliced bell pepper. use any colored bell pepper/capsicum.

bell pepper for veg kadai recipe

7. stir very well and saute the onions and bell peppers on a low to medium flame.

bell pepper for veg kadai recipe

8. saute till the bell peppers are half cooked. about 5 to 6 minutes on a low to medium flame. some crunch is desirable in the bell peppers.

veggies for veg kadai recipe

9. remove the sauteed onions and bell peppers aside. chop the potatoes and carrots in batons and keep aside too.

vegetables for veg kadai recipe

making veg kadai recipe

10. in the same kadai, then heat 2 tbsp oil. add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

ginger for veg kadai recipe

11. next add ¼ cup finely chopped onions.

onions for veg kadai recipe

12. stir and saute the onions.

onions for veg kadai recipe

13. saute till they become light golden.

sauteing onions for veg kadai recipe

14. add the prepared tomato puree. if using ready tomato puree, then add ⅔ cup tomato puree.

puree for veg kadai recipe

15. add ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ¼ tsp red chili powder.

turmeric for veg kadai recipe

16. stir very well.

stir veg kadai masala

17. saute the masala till it thickens and you see oil releasing from the sides.

sauteing veg kadai masala

18. then add the potato, carrot batons along with ⅔ cup peas.

vegetables for veg kadai recipe

19. stir and saute for a minute.

sauteing veg kadai masala

20. add 1.5 to 2 cups water.

water for veg kadai recipe

21. season with some salt. stir.

salt for veg kadai recipe

22. cover the pan. on a medium flame simmer and cook the veggies. check at intervals and if required, add more water.

cooking vegetable kadai gravy recipe

23. the veggies need to be cooked well yet still retain shape. they should not become too soft. for a quick option you can cook the veggies in a pressure cooker. pressure cook for 1 or 2 whistles and add 1 to 1.25 cups water.

cooking vegetable kadai curry recipe

24. then add the ground kadai masala reserving 1 tsp of it for garnish. stir very well.

masala for vegetable kadai recipe gravy

25. add the sauteed bell peppers and onions.

making vegetable kadai curry recipe

26. mix and stir again very well.

stir to make vegetable kadai curry recipe

27. simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. if the kadai vegetable gravy looks dry, then do add some water. toward the end, before the next step, if you want you can also add some paneer and simmer for two minutes till the paneer is cooked.

simmer - making vegetable kadai recipe

28. then add 3 tbsp cream. use low fat or whipping cream.

cream for vegetable kadai recipe

29. stir and mix the cream with the rest of the veg kadai gravy. switch off the flame. check the taste of veg kadai gravy and add more salt if required.

stir - making vegetable kadai recipe

30. lastly add 2 to 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. stir again very well.

coriander for vegetable kadai recipe

31. serve veg kadai gravy hot garnished with some chopped coriander, ginger julienne and sprinkled with the reserved kadai masala. accompaniments for kadai vegetable gravy are rumali rotis, naan, chapati, paratha, bread. also goes well with steamed rice, jeera rice or ghee rice.

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i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Plz share this same recipe in hindi Plzzzz as soon as possible plz

  2. Hello,
    This came out delicious. I skipped the potatoes, peas and carrot, and instead used cauliflower, brocolli and paneer to keep it low carb. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you post, as well as the step by step instructions. I’ve been making your recipes for a couple of years now, so apologies for this late thank you note 😊.
    Kind rgds
    Kirthana

    • Welcome Kirthana. Its alright. Thanks for sharing your positive feedback on recipes. Also good to know the variation you did to the recipe. Happy Cooking.

  3. wow…!! it came well ..!! <3 <3 thnkz a lot..!!

    • Welcome Ilakya

  4. Made this today.. really awesome!! Thank you!

    • Welcome Vinu

  5. Hi

    Dassana I tried several of your receipies. Each and every one of them turned out good. I am very much thankful to you.

    Vina bhatt

    • thanks a lot vina and happy cooking.

  6. Hi tried this recipie ,,,,it turned out really well,,,,i added almonds as i didnt have cashews but the recipie was a hit ,,,thanks for the step by step recipies,,,,,,, you make vegetarian recipies interesting😊😊

    • welcome kavita. thanks for your positive feedback.

  7. Hi,
    We experiment a lot in our kitchen. Yesterday we prepared veg kadai. After a long time, we got the taste right…

    Thanks a lot.

    Supriya and Vishwas

    • Welcome Supriya & Vishwas. Glad to know this. Do try some more recipes.

  8. Hi
    I tried ur recipe but I used brocolli, baby corn, bell peppers. It is yum!! My husband and I love it.. Thanks a lot !

    • thanks a lot vrindha for sharing the variations and also the feedback on veg kadai gravy recipe.

  9. I always switch to ur website wenever i wanna cook something different and i have to say everytime each dish turned out yummy. Thanks for all ur tasty recipes. Keep posting. Thank u ma’m

    • thanks a lot madhuri. will sure keep adding more recipes.

  10. Made this dish yesterday. Turned out very delicious.
    My family Freaked on it . Thanks a lot.

    • thanks deepa for this feedback. glad to know.

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