I love paneer in any dish. Paneer… the word itself reminds me of all the mouthwatering exotic dishes like Palak Paneer, Paneer Butter Masala, Paneer Burji, Paneer Jalfrizi and finally but not the least Kadai Paneer…
Today I tried to make paneer at home, and was surprised to see that it is very easy and hassel free process… I was excited at the success of my first experiment with homemade paneer…

Homemade Paneer

Homemade Paneer:

  1. Bring 1 and half liter of whole milk to boil, in a heavy bottomed pan, stirring occasionally to ensure that it does not burn or form skin.
  2. When it just starts boiling, add 3 tbsp of fresh lime juice.
  3. The milk solids start curdling, and cheese separates from whey. If the two are not split completely add two more tablespoons of lime juice.
  4. Strain the mixture through a cheese cloth/ muslin cloth.
  5. Place the cheese cloth bundle on a flat surface. Fold the cloth into a nice round shape, and place a heavy object like a clean brick or a big flat bottomed pan filled with water. This will press down the cheese.
  6. Leave it for a hour or two, and then store the block of cheese in refrigerator. This remains fresh for about 1 week.

Kadai Paneer:

Kadai Paneer

Paneer Cubes : 1 cup
Capisicum : 2, diced
Tomatoes : 2, de-seeded and diced
Tomato puree : 1 cup
Onions : 2, pureed
Ginger Garlic paste : 1 Tbsp
Turmeric : 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder : 1 tsp
Coriander powder : 1 tsp
Garam Masala : 1 tsp
Red Chili powder : 2 tsp, adjust acc to taste
Salt, to taste
Fresh cream : 2 Tbsp, optional
Kasoori Methi : 1 tsp
Oil : 3 Tbsp
Water : 100 ml

From Left, Capsicum, Tomato and Paneer


  1. Fry paneer cubes in little oil and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, and add onion paste. Fry till the raw smell disappears.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for few more mins.
  4. Then add turmeric powder, red chili, cumin and coriander powder. Stir.
  5. Add in tomato puree and salt. Add water. Cover and bring to boil.
  6. Add capsicum and tomato, and cook covered for 5 mins.
  7. Add garam masala, cook till the veggies are done.
  8. Finally add paneer cubes and cook for 5 more mins.
  9. Add kasoori methi and fresh cream.
  10. Serve hot with Rotis or naans.

Kadai Paneer with Rotis

And the Verdict:
J ended up licking his fingers.. so need not say more πŸ™‚

And Finally The Awards:

The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who β€œeffortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello – all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.β€œ

The Rocking Girl Blogger Award is for bloggers who β€œare girls or women who blog and who Rock!!!β€œ

I am very glad to say that, we (my blog and me) have been awarded, The Rocking Girl Blogger by Padma of Padma’s Kitchen and Archana of Love2EatHate2Cook and a Schoomze Award again by Archana and Laavanya of CookeryCorner !!!!!! Is’nt that nice… it has been only 3 months I have started blogging and receiving these awards, gave me a new inspiration!!!
Thank You Girls!!! And thank you all for all the comments, suggestions and motivation!!!! The main credit goes to my blog readers πŸ™‚

Now I need to pass on these awards, its OK if you have been already nominated. This is a simple gesture to say that you are loved πŸ™‚

Cynthia of Tastes Like Home
Viji of Vcusine
SriValli of Cooking 4 All Seasons
Kamini of The Bubbling Cauldron
Meeta of Whats for Lunch Honey
Coffee of The Spice Cafe

Keep up the Spirit and Keep Going girls!!!


38 thoughts on “Kadai Paneer”

  1. Thanks my dear Cinnamon! I am honoured. πŸ˜€ And you truely deserve it as well…. I love your style of presentation and neat photography!!
    Which cam do you use btw?

    The paneer simply rocks as well! My home made paneer does not stay up so well….. more of a lousy paneer when I follow the exact same way! Must be the milk I guess.

  2. Congratulations to you Cinnamon :)The pictures and the paneer are looking fabulous :)Love paneer. Your paneer looks nice even though it is home made πŸ™‚

  3. Kadai paneer is delicious Cinnamon. As usual your photos are great. Congratualtions for the award and thanks for your gesture too! I appreciate it. Viji

  4. Spandyyy..Congratulations dear…Kadai Paneer looks great…Now ‘m craving for my favourite paneer butter masala [:(]

  5. Your Kadai Paneer looks absolutely tempting! Making paneer at home is so easy and yet I am so lazy at times that I just end up buying readymade from the store πŸ™‚ Next time i will make it at home and try out your recipe…Congrats on the awards! πŸ™‚

  6. Here i can’t get paneer, so i am going to make home made paneer like you and make this dish as it lokks yum.

  7. Hi Cinnamon, first time to your blog…Congrats on the awards and I must say, your pics are simply amazing πŸ™‚

  8. Hey that kadai panner looks awesome and congratulations on the deserving awards, like I said blog age/time doesn’t matter in getting the awards,
    Good Job!

  9. Bee, Thank You!
    Coffee, Ya must be the milk… try using whole milk with more fat content!
    Hima, Thank You.
    Archana.. Thank You… nothing can beat a homemade one πŸ™‚
    Viji… Thanks and u r welcome !
    Vidya, ThankYou!
    Akhi, Thanks you so much ra πŸ™‚
    Sirisha, Thanks
    Keerths, Thanks ra..I will try posting Paneer Butter masala soon πŸ™‚
    Seec, Thank You
    Tee, Thank You.. making everything from scratch gives a sort of satisfaction πŸ™‚
    HappyCook, do try and let me know how it came out!
    Neelam, Thank You… and let me know how u liked it.
    Cynthia, Thank You Dear!
    Prajusha, Shanthi, Thank You Girls πŸ™‚
    Valli, Thank You and it was my pleasure sharing! U deserve them too!
    Padma, Thankyou. Iam sorry for the typo mistake.. have changed it!

  10. Kadai paneer looks great in that..er.. glass kadai :). I love how the restaurants serve them in a tiny kadai.

  11. Cinnamon, congrats on your awards. A question: do you use commercial tomato puree, or your own? I find the commercial variety very sour, just want to know how you solved this problem, if you faced it.

  12. Cinnamon, your dishes always look so tempting and inviting….it has a richness in colour and texture that prompts the reader to hit the kitchen right away and start cooking πŸ™‚


  13. your paneer looks so perfect :O – how do you manage to make it so firm? i usually get paneer that’s good for like use in dough or in like veggies, but i never get cubes!!

    so what do ya think is the secret?

  14. Kadai Paneer looks too good! Will surely try your recipe…its different from mine! And congrats on the awards..I’m sure you deserve them:)

  15. Cinnamon, I am sorry about this really delayed response (one and a half years), but i just figured that you had given me this award. Thanks a ton. Really appreciate it. And congratulations on your award :)>

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