Kadai Paneer

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A quintessential North Indian favourite, made healthier! Try our recipe of soft, succulent paneer cubes tossed in a tangy onion tomato masala, assorted bellpeppers and a creamy cashew base. - No cream used - Mild use of Indian spices
Time20 Min
DifficultyIntermediate
Serves1

Nutrition Info. (per serving)

ProteinFatCarbsFibre257 Cal257 Cal257 Cal257 Cal
  • 14gProtein
  • 15gFat
  • 16gCarbs
  • 4gFibre

Ingredients

Dry Grocery

  • Cashewnut (2 Piece Split) 2 units
  • Watermelon Seeds 1 teaspoon
  • Refined Oil 1.5 teaspoons
  • Salt 0.75 teaspoons
  • Turmeric Powder 1 pinch
  • Red Chilli Powder (kashmiri) 1 pinch
  • Red Dry Chilli Bydagi 0.5 unit
  • Coriander Seeds 1 pinch
  • Fennel Seeds 1 pinch
  • Cumin 0.5 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon Sticks 0.25 unit
  • Garam Masala 1 pinch

Menu Item

  • Ginger Garlic Paste 1.5 teaspoons
  • Tomato Puree 2 teaspoons

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Onion 0.5 cups
  • Tomato 0.25 cups
  • Capsicum Green-regular 1 small piece
  • Capsicum Yellow (regular) 1 small piece
  • Capsicum Red-regular 1 small piece

Dairy

  • Paneer 1 cup

Other

  • Green Chillies 1 unit
  • Garlic 1 piece
  • Coriander Leaves 2 leafs

Directions

1In a bowl, add Water, Cashew, Magaz and keep aside for 1 hr soaking.
2In a heavy bottom vessels add Water, soaked Cashew, Magaz and bring to boil.
3In a blender, add boiled Cashew, Magaz and make a fine puree.
4Heat Oil in a pan. Add Ginger Garlic Paste and saute.
5Add chopped Onion, Salt and Saute till brown.
6Add Turmeric Powder, Red Chilli Powder and cook for one minute.
7Add chopped Tomatoes and cook till mushy and gravy become thick. Remove to a bowl and keep aside.
8Heat a pan, add Bydagi Chilli, Coriander Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Cinnamon Stick and toss till fragrant.
9In a blender, add above toss Bydagi Chilli, Coriander Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Cinnamon Sticks and make a fine powder. Keep aside.
10Heat Oil in a pan. Add diced shaped Onion, Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper, Green Pepper, Salt and saute for sometime and keep aside.
11Heat Oil in a pan. Add Cumin Seed, chopped Garlic, Green Chilli, Ginger Garlic Paste and saute till golden.
12Add Onion Tomato Masala, Garam Masala, Kadai Masala and cook for few mins.
13Add Melon and Cashew Paste, Tomato Puree and cook.
14Add diced Paneer, Sautéed Peppers, Onions and cook for some time.
15Remove to a bowl garnish with chopped Coriander and serve hot.

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Health Benefits of Kadai Paneer

The recipe can be made healthier when you use low-fat ghee or butter in the dish. When the rice is substituted with healthier varieties like black rice or red rice, the meal becomes savoury and more filling since it digests more slowly. Healthy Kadai paneer recipes make use of dehydrated fruits and nuts to reduce the spiciness but for those who are trying to reduce calories, adding spices over nuts is recommended. When you pair this recipe with basmati rice, it makes for a nutritionally sound meal. The low-carb and high-protein nature of paneer makes it an ideal recipe for those who are watching their weight or are diabetic. Vegetables like bell peppers and onions in the paneer are high in antioxidants that benefit heart health while the different spices like turmeric, saffron, or garam masala bring anti-inflammatory benefits. Interesting facts and tips The curry comes from the Northern part of India and the origin of Kadai paneer is unclear to this date. ● Colorful bell peppers are cooked in the gravy but some households prefer using onions and stir-fried vegetables with this dish. ● The dish can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 days. ● Kadhai paneer can be served with a simple pulao too. Kadhai paneer has been refined as a recipe over the ages. Every household has its own way of making this delicious dish. Try out this delicious Kadhai paneer recipe for a satisfying weekday or weekend meal!