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Kadai Paneer Gravy Recipe

Kadai Paneer Gravy Recipe Step By Step Instructions
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Kadai Paneer Gravy is a mouthwatering recipe made from paneer cooked in a spicy gravy made of onions, tomatoes, capsicum and traditional Indian spices. It is one of the most popular Indian curries and cooked throughout the world.

This irresistible aromatic dish is easy to cook and served as an entree in most restaurants and dhabas. Kadai Paneer can be enjoyed with roti/chapati, plain parantha, naan or flavored rice like Jeera rice or Pulao.

This dish gets its name from Kadai, an Indian wok, which is essential for cooking Indian cuisines and used here to give smoky flavor to paneer (Indian cottage cheese).

Paneer constitutes the main ingredient in this dish. Paneer or Indian cottage cheese is a fresh cheese common in South Asian cuisine. Even popular food chains like McDonalds India, Subway, Pizza Hut, Dominos have customized their menus to include special items with Paneer as the main ingredient. Paneer is used in making many different delicacies in Indian Cuisine and Kadai Paneer is the most popular of them.

Panner apart from being a versatile dairy product that tastes good on its own and goes well with many other vegetables, has many health benefits too. See Health Benefits of Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese

Kadai Paneer can be made in various ways. You can make a dry/semi-dry version for serving with Breads. You can also cook it with gravy if you want to serve it with rice dish. This recipe is for the gravy version of Kadai Paneer.

To make Kadai Paneer Gravy at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.

You can also see recipe for making Dry Kadai Paneer,  Paneer Tikka Masala  Paneer Butter Masala Paneer Tikka Pizza  Methi Malai Paneer, Palak Paneer, Malai Kofta and Stuffed Tomato.

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Servings: 5

CategoryMain Course

Cuisine: Indian

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Nutrition (per serving)



Carbohydrates: 10g

Protein: 13g

Ingredients For Kadai Paneer Gravy Recipe

  • 250 gm Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese), cubed
  • 2 Medium Sized Onions
  • 4-5 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Medium Sized Green Bell Pepper / Capsicum
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • ~2 inch Ginger, grated
  • 5-6 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Coriander Powder (Dhania Powder)
  • 2 Teaspoons Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 2 Teaspoon Crushed Kasuri Methi (Dry Fenugreek Leaves)
  • 2 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Coriander

Step By Step Instructions With Photos for Kadai Paneer Gravy Recipe

  • Heat ghee / butter or oil in a kadai (wok) or a pan. Finely chop or make a paste of Ginger, Garlic and Green Chillies. Add them to the pan and fry for a minute.

  • Finely chop or make a puree of the onions and add them to the pan. Fry them for 4-5 minutes till they become translucent or golden brown.

  • Make a puree of the tomatoes and add them to the pan. Cook the mixture for 5-6 minutes till the raw aroma of the tomatoes goes away.

  • Add Coriander Powder (Dhania Powder), Turmeric Powder (Haldi), Red Chili Powder and Garam Masala to the gravy.

  • Thinly slice or chop the capsicums. Add them to the gravy and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  • Add 3/4 Cup Water to adjust the consistency along with Salt, according to taste. Then add 1/2 Cup Cream to the gravy. 

  • Add Dry Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi). Then add the Paneer Cubes and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  • Add coriander leaves to garnish. Kadai Paneer Gravy is ready, serve it hot with Roti or Naan (Indian Flatbread).

    You can also see recipe for making Dry Kadai Paneer, Methi Malai Paneer, Palak Paneer, Malai Kofta and Stuffed Tomato.

    Also see more Paneer Recipes like Paneer Tikka Pizza and Grilled Paneer Sandwich.

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  1. Saranya Madana Gopal

    Followed this recipe word for word and the result was very disappointing – after 2 hrs of cooking. Turned out too sour without really any masala flavour.

  2. Very clear recipe and instructions. As I did not have cream I used coconut cream and it tastes delicious. Thank you for the recipe

  3. One of the best paneer recipes ever! Totally delicious

  4. Perfect recipe.perfect explanation.Like it very much.Step by step picture with the recipe helps to make it more simpler…Thanks for this recipe.I will surely try today.

  5. I found it a bit tasteless. Added more seasoning, still not much flavour so added, turmeric, tandoori powder, tomato ketchup. Not sure what other spices I should have tried as it was almost at the eating stage.

    • Hey Kay, turmeric powder and tandoori powder have a very mild taste and will generally not increase the flavor of the dish. Also I would recommend against adding tomato ketchup since it has some sugar and this gravy is not supposed to be sweet. The main taste of the gravy comes from tomatoes, so make sure you choose ripe and juicy ones. To increase the flavor further, you can increase the quantity of coriander powder, garam masala and garlic.

  6. Made this today for lunch and it has turned out just perfect! Thank you so much for the recipe, even my two year old loved it !

  7. I have tried this so many times. It comes out great every time. Totally foolproof.

  8. It was so so delicious. My son said ” Amma youhave taken this dish to another level. It’s so yummy”. Happy tummy, happy mummy. All this is because of the measurements you have provided us. Thank you very much.

  9. Gayathry Ganesh

    Foolproof recipe..Loved it..!! 😍

  10. Thank you so much for providing delicious recipe and I want try try this in my home immediately.

  11. It’s one of the best Kadai Paneer I have ever had. Thanks for this great recipe. 🙂

  12. Absolutely yummy!

  13. Ready To Cook Food

    Is it possible to get the same flavour and taste without cream? Few people don’t prefer creamy gravy!

    • Yes absolutely! You can always use milk instead of cream. Another option is to use yogurt, however that changes the flavor profile very slightly. You can also just skip it altogether, the gravy still tastes great in my opinion. 🙂

  14. Prakhar Jain

    It Just Tasted like the one from a Restaurant.
    Thank you very much for the recipe. ?

  15. Shanta choudhury

    Every time I cook kadai paneer it’s a hit menu…I really got a good comment from my family/friends

  16. Too spicy for the wife and kids…so it’s ALL MINE ? Used one small hot and one long green chili. Also added blanched sweet potato, cauliflower and French green beans. Delicious!

    • Thanks for your positive feedback Curtis, that’s really nice to know. 😀
      If you want to make it less spicy, you can reduce the amount of ginger, garlic, green chillies, red chilli powder and garam masala. You can also add some milk to the gravy to make it milder.

  17. Made it yesterday. Came out very well. Everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. thank u so much. i love this gravy

  19. Super recipe.. came out well

  20. shree raksha

    Thanks for ur…….

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