Kadai/kadhai/karahi is nothing but a thick, deep, bowl shaped cooking pan with two curved handles, which is widely used in Indian cookery. It is made up of cast iron. Few traditional recipes like Kadai chicken, Kadai Paneer and Kadai Vegetables take the name from the kadai as the recipes were cooked in it. The kadai cooking is quick as there is no water used in it. Because of this, the kadai recipes are mostly dry but sometimes it is cooked in tomato based gravy.
Since a long time, dishes prepared in this way are served in a miniature kadai/karahi with hot coal underneath it. This symbolically represents that the dish is fresh from kadai. Also it is important that one need to consume the dish immediately to enjoy its complete taste.
(Info from book, Prasad-Cooking with Indian Masters)
Here, I am blogging my version of Kadai Paneer which I love to have anytime a day.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Paneer cubes - 1 and 1/2 cups
Capsicum - 1 cup, cubed, any colour
Onion - 1 no, medium size, finely chopped
Tomato - 1 no, large size,
Ginger garlic paste - 2 teaspoons
Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Garam masala - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Dry fenugreek leaves/ kasoori methi - a big pinch
Oil - 1 tablespoon
1) Blend tomato with red chilli powder and coriander powder. Keep this paste aside. Using roasted coriander seeds instead of coriander powder will give best results.
2) In a wok, heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil and fry paneer till all the sides are golden brown. Transfer them to a plate.
4) Add onions and fry till they are soft and translucent.
1) To get a gravy kind of kadai paneer, increase the tomato quantity.
2) I usually fry capsicum by adding them when paneer turns slightly brown colour(mostly at the end of frying paneer) and toss them for two minutes. This helps to maintain a crispy and shiny capsicums for the recipe. If you do so, reduce the cooking time after adding to the tomato sauce/gravy.
I'm linking this recipe to Srivalli's Blogging Marathon #12 under the theme of paneer. Check out what others are cooking by clicking it here.