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The first time I had tasted Kadai Paneer was at a  restaurant. I loved the flavor of the smoked paneer from the tandoor along with the...

Kadai Paneer

The first time I had tasted Kadai Paneer was at a  restaurant. I loved the flavor of the smoked paneer from the tandoor along with the crunchy texture of bell pepper and onions. Its been on the back of my mind ever since to prepare it sometime but I kept postponing it thinking that it would be hard to get the tandoori effect. It made me want to experiment to create something close to the version I had tasted. I was really happy with the outcome because I was able to create the smokey flavor and crunchy texture. It tasted wonderful hot out of the kadai. A must try if you are a paneer lover.


Wooden spatula
Cutting Board


Red Onion - 1 big
Mini bell peppers - 20 or bell peppers - 3
Garlic - 6 cloves
Ginger - 1 inch
Tinned diced tomato - 1/2 tin or 2 roma tomatoes.
Cumin - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Coriander - 2 tbsp
Raw Peanuts - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Paneer - 1 slab (450 gms)
Additional ingredients for paneer marinating:
Oil - 2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp


1. Cut the onion and peppers lengthwise. Slice the garlic and the ginger.

2. Heat the wok on high and add 2 1/2 tbsp oil. Then add the onions and cook them without any salt to make them stay crunchy.

3. Add garlic and ginger after 2 minutes followed by the bell peppers. Cook the bell pepper for 3 minutes and then add the tomatoes.

4. Add all the powders and salt and cook on medium high for 5 minutes constantly stirring.

5. Meanwhile cut the paneer into big cubes. In a bowl add oil, turmeric powder, salt and chilli powder. Give them a stir and add paneer and coat each cube with this mix.

6. Skewer 5 to 6 paneer cubes at a time and cook it over the gas stove to make tandoori or smoked effect.

7. Add skewered paneer to the cooked veggies. Garnish with cilantro and toasted peanuts and serve them hot with some roti.

Note: To roast the peanuts add 1/2 tsp of oil to the raw peanuts and microwave for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.


  1. The paneer looks well roasted ... like the look of the dish. :-)

  2. Looks lovely! Delicious recipe..

  3. Fantastic dish! I love this dish.

  4. looks delicious. i love kadai paneer

  5. You can never lose with paneer. The stove top idea for grilled paneer is a good one.

  6. Paneer is one of my very favorites. Great version of this ever popular dish.

  7. I make kadhai paneer all the time, but have never tried smoking it. I am sure it tastes great; looks good too

  8. Oh god, gonna cook it again today, totally fell in love with it! If you cant get paneer (very hard to get in germany) you can also use tofu if you dont want to make paneer yourself!!