Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana )


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Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana )


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The kadai is one of the most commonly used cooking utensils in indian kitchens. It is mainly used for deep-frying and may be called india's version of the chinese wok. Delicious subzis can be prepared in a kadai and this gives the dish a distinct feel. As a result subzis that are prepared in this manner adopt the word kadai in their name. Thus originates the dish kadai paneer is a semi-dry dish that makes use of whole red chillies making it a treat for all your senses. Capsicum adds just the right amount of crunch while the kasuri methi bestows its wonderful fragrance upon this creation. Serve this dish in a miniature kadai with some hot coal underneath to give it the authentic kadai-fresh look!

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Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana ) recipe - How to make Kadhai Paneer ( Punjabi Khana )

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients
1 1/2 cups paneer (cottage cheese) , cut into 1 inch cubes
oil for deep-frying
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp coriander (dhania) seeds , dry roasted and crushed
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 cup fresh cream
1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
salt to taste
1/4 tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
1/4 tsp punjabi garam masala
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania) for the garnish
Method
    Method
  1. Heat the oil in a deep non- stick kadhai and fry the paneer cubes for 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Put in warm water for 15 minutes. Drain again and keep aside.
  3. Heat the butter in a kadhai, add the coriander seeds and sauté for half a minute.
  4. Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for another minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes and sauté with ¼ cup of water for 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Add more ¼ cup of water and cook on a medium flame for another 6 to 7 minutes or till the oil separates from the gravy, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the chilli powder, cream and dried fenugreek leaves and salt and simmer for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the paneer, cardamom powder, punjabi garam masala and sugar and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  9. Serve hot garnished with coriander.


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