August 1, 2014

Kadhai Paneer

I ate a dish like this at an Indian restaurant a few weeks ago, and LOVED IT! So much so that I asked the owner how she made it. Surprisingly, she shared the recipe! Not step by step, but just so I had an idea of what spices were going in. The other day I was craving Indian food, and had a block of paneer I had purchased, so decided to give this dish a whirl. OMG, it did not disappoint! This is a total keeper! Try it out tonight- Only takes a few ingredients to create a delicious dinner


1 block of Paneer (any Indian store will have it)
1 green bell pepper- deseeded and cut into large pieces
1 yellow onion- cut into large pieces
2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon tandoori masala powder
1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 tablespoons canola oil 
Salt to taste


Heat oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Add yellow onion and fry lightly until onion is translucent but not brown. Now mix in ginger-garlic paste, chili powder,salt, cumin, and tandoori powder. Keep stirring while adding to avoid burning the spices. You can add splashes of water to keep the mixture from drying. Once the spices are incorporated, stir in the bell pepper. Let this cook for a few minutes before adding the paneer. The paneer doesn't need to cook for long. If it does, it will get gummy. So be sure to add the paneer after the bell peppers and onion mixture is well incorporated. Sprinkle fenugreek and lime juice, and remove from heat.


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