Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kadhai Paneer/Indian cottage cheese with bell pepper

The weather is getting warmer.  There is an occasional bird chirping on the tree and signs of struggling but strong sprouts peeking through my snow covered back yard. I am itching to fold the blankets and woolies and stash them away. It's about time winter called it quits and gave way to spring.  What do you say?  My eyes are sore trying to will those struggling sprouts to break free and come forth.    All this mental wait for spring coaxes me to brighten my cooking!

 So, today's recipe is adapted from the world famous Punjabi cuisine and this will surely brighten your dreary days. Rich in flavors this cuisine is a delight. Tandoori chicken, Chicken tikka, Chole-Batura, Dal makhani, Kebabs. Makki-di-roti and sarson -ka-saag to name a few are the popular ones. Milk and milk products are an important part of their cuisine and kadhai/kadai paneer is no exception. I love this recipe especially for its simplicity, unlike most other paneer recipes.

I hope you will enjoy this paneer with the dash of spring colors.



Ingredients:

Paneer cubed- 400g
Bell pepper (green-cubed)- 1/3 cup
Bell pepper (red-cubed)- 1/3 cup
Tomatoes- 3 (finely chopped)
Ginger grated- 1 Tsp
Garlic grated- 2 Tsp
Coriander powder- 2 Tsp
Red chilli powder- 1 Tsp
Kashmiri chilli powder- 1 tsp
Chopped green chillies- 2
Kasuri methi(dried fenugreek leaves)- 1 1/2 Tbsp
Salt- To taste
Oil- 1/2 cup
Chopped coriander leaves-2 Tbsp

Method:

1.Cut the paneer and bell peppers into one inch cubes.
2.Shallow fry the paneer cubes till they start turning slight golden brown.Keep aside.
3.Now throw in the bell pepper cubes into it and fry them too, for 3-4 minutes and transfer onto a kitchen tissue paper.
4.Meanwhile heat 2 Tbsp of oil in another pan and saute the ginger and garlic.
5.To this add the chopped green chillies and tomatoes, cover and cook till the oil starts separating .
6.Add in all the spice powders except kasuri methi and saute for a couple of minutes.
7.Add the kasuri methi and mix well.
8.Now add the fried paneer and bell pepper to it and mix well.
9.Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.
10.Throw in half the chopped coriander leaves, mix well.
11.Garnish with rest of the coriander leaves, serve with roti or naan.




Contributor: Namitha

Entered in Jay's 'Relish Paneer' Event

79 comments:

  1. Yum. I'm slowly expanding my (almost negligible) repertoire to include paneer, this looks like a nice accompaniment dish. Just landed on your blog, lots of great recipes and mice pics too!

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  2. write up vayichitu sathyam paranjal oru kuliru thonunu..Cant wait for the spring..Evideyum daylight oke koodi..
    Kadai paneer ithu vare aki nokitilla..paneer kondulla pachakam eppol aduthu thudangiyathe ullu :)spring pole colourful analo kadai paneerum..:)

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  3. hey..the dish looks awesome...I'm kinda waiting with a bated breadth for the spring to be right here..can't wait to see the tree in their full form with blooms !!

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  4. Kadai paneer looks delicious!

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  5. kadai paneer looks absolutely wonderful, rich in colour and texture!!!! spring has already come to your table :) delicious!!!

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  6. Ohhhhw...Evide Southil anenkil polum,ee winter maaran vendi kaathirikuwa..Kadhai paneer looks yummy..njagalude draftilum onnu kidapund....


    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  7. so colourful & so delicious,love any dish with paneer...and wonderful tempting clicks namitha...

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  8. Kadai paneer looks so delicious and colorful. Paneer is my favorite dairy product and your preparation turned out to be excellent.

    Deepa

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  9. nice click..the kadhai panneer looks great...I have tried it too..wud love it if u visit my blog

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  10. Paneer looks colorful and delicious...

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  11. First time here. Awesome food photography. will be back to check upcoming posts.

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  12. Delicious, it has been quite some time since I last ate Punjabi cousine! Love the crunchy and aromatic bell pepper in it!

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  13. great pic and it looks absolutely delicious :)

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  14. HEY
    So simple and delicious curry.

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  15. That is a very delectable plate of goodness. Paneer in anything makes it insanely good. Awesome shot of that plate of deliciousness!
    You don't have to wait long for Spring. Its just around the bend.:)

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  16. Wow...such a yummy recipe....excellent clicks!!!

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  17. Kadai paneer looks spicy and delicious..

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  18. Gulmohar ,its so true ,Punjabi cuisine is amazingly world famous and i love how u lit up this paneer with ur elicious recipe....

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  19. It is my favorite cuisine and this paneer dish looks colorful and delicious

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  20. one of our family fav. gorgeous click.

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  21. Tempting clik!!!
    Kadai paneer ennuparanjal control pokum.athrakkum ishtam

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  22. I just love anything with paneer....kadhai paneer looks really superb...drooling here :).

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  23. I love this paneer dish and it liiks so so beautiful and dleicous.

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  24. Namitha and sunitha,

    Paneer with capisicum looks areally good. nice one for chapathi and Nan

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  25. Warmer climate oh god can bear with snow anymore waiting to see some sunlight now...... Paneer with peppers look very delectable and yummy!!! Mouthwatering!!!

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  26. Just beautiful.... Loving it.. it will b awesome with nan .. isnt it..?

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  27. I love this dish ,I make it quite often,Your dish looks mouthwatering and delicious.

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  28. Dear sunitha
    I must say , it is amazing at least you have not compromised on the use of right quantity of oil...
    I will try certainly as my younger daughter has started shifting to paneer dishes...even if she is a real carnivora. cant wait to get back home and surprise her with this dish..
    have a nice weekend

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  29. Very appetizing plate of kadai paneer!
    Finally we all look forward of that spring!

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  30. A very nice colorful dish! Nice dish for spring. Do you make your own paneer?

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  31. Delicious kadai paneer, looks so colorful. Gr8 way to welcome spring:)

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  32. This looks so pretty. I have never tried this dish but I would love to try sometimes. I just wonder where I can get these indian cottage cheese....

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  33. I would love to try this with firm tofu sometime-- love the vibrant colors of all those fresh veggies.

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  34. paneer!! I am in for it any time.. lovely recipe!

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  35. Thanks everyone :D Really appreciate your time !
    @Lyndsey : Yes, I do ,sometimes :D But I used store bought one for this dish :-)
    @Mausi : It is available in Indian grocery stores, in their frozen section. You must search for Paneer.Hope you'll find it !

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  36. Love panner. Looks divine. Me too waiting for spring to arrive soon.

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  37. Wow, that looks awesome! The color makes me drool nonstop! ;)

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  38. Thats a tempting, delicious and my favourite dish..

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  39. Love anything with paneer and this looks mouthwatering... nice pic.

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  40. Good Click!Mouthwatering paneer.Love the colors.

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  41. Kadai paneer looks very very tempting dear

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  42. The weather here in KL Malaysia is super hot, hope to cook this mouthwatering dish to cool down me.

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  43. Well the weather here is also getting beautiful...gone the days of schorching heat...liked dis recipe...pic looks soo inviting.
    Cheers.

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  44. Kadhai paneer looks absolutely vibrant and inviting ! Lovely picture....

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  45. I think it looks and sounds delicious.

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  46. dear.......it luks yummyyyyyyyyy.....adipoli picture aanu ketto........

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  47. A fantastic combination of paneer and bell peppers and I love all the spices here!

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  48. paneer okke kanichu kothipikku, ethanu ente prashnam arelum aakiyal aappo enikum akkanm..this weekend i will try this and write to you ketto

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  49. Please don't laugh at me! I don't know what paneer is. This one thing I love about blogging. I can't wait to find out what it is and try it! Yours will be the first recipe I use ;)

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  50. Aah! It's tempting me so much! I have some rotis here, so give me the bowl!

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  51. Perfect dish to invite spring! looks yum and colorful...

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  52. wow very colourful.easy to make too.nice click

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  53. looks very colourful and yummy too!..nice click dear

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  54. wow! dish looks superb..without onion a good combination with capsicum...

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  55. kadai paneer....looks fabulous...and the bell pepper gives adequate flavour...

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  56. kadai paneer....looks fabulous...and the bell pepper gives adequate flavour...

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  57. love the paneer dish...such beautiful pics too...

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  58. Kadai Paneer looks direct from the restaurant one ! Its totally rich n royal.

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  59. That looks amazing! I have always wanted to try paneer ...

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  60. les couleurs de ton plat nous remontent le moral et nous font espérer l'arrivée d'un printemps qui se fait désirer.
    A bientôt.

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  61. My mouth is absolutely watering. I feel like I can see the flavor in this dish. Way to welcome in the spring!

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  62. superb dear...mouth watering!

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  63. Awesome dish and the click is very very professional as usual. Perfect color too.

    Chitchat
    http://chitchatcrossroads.blogspot.com/

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  64. That looks gorgeous and I bet it tastes amazing! I'll definitely be hunting down some paneer and fenugreek leaves soon so I can try it.

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  65. I do make paneer once in a while .. would love to give this a try. :-)

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  66. Indeed an easy and delicious recipe featuring paneer; I know my son would love it and poor guy has been dropping by lately to find very little cooked food waiting
    I will make it! Thanks

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  67. yum yum yum.. kdhai paneer looks divine and what a wonderful click!

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  68. Lovely click and a awesome recipe tempting me.

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  69. Absolute Delight...Yummy and Spicy!!!

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  70. looks so gorgeous!! such a nice color and very tempting!

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  71. I too feel that way...enough with winter...time for spring :) very colorful kadai paneer...just in time for the season!

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  72. well prepared and mouth watering :)
    beautiful colour imparted by the spices...

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  73. hey the kadhai paneer looks so delicious..too good and delicious.

    www.foodlyrics.com

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  74. I make kadhai paneer exactly the same way :) looks really great and lovely clicks:)

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  75. Adipoli recipe..very tempting pics...just wanna grab tht plate! i have one waiting in my draft folder..:)

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  76. Dear Sunitha,

    Wat a fantastic recipe...absolutely delicious...!!!

    Thanx very much for sending this to my event. But, add the event logo and announcement link at the end of the post...!

    Keep sending more..!!

    Best Regards,
    Jay

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