Indian cottage cheese tossed in a spicy, flavourful sweet tomato curry with capsicum and onions – can be made restaurant style at home in simple easy steps. Simple and delicious restaurant style kadai paneer recipe that is made with the most basic spices. Spicy curry is more like a dry “sabzi” to serve with roti or naan or just regular cumin rice.

Kadai Paneer tossed in a spicy tomato paste – served in a glass bowl, placed over a white tile. With garnishes of fresh sliced ginger and green chilli. Literally kadai means wok and paneer is Indian cottage cheese. Kadai paneer is a spicy curry more like a subzi or like a tangy tomato paste mixed together with bell peppers and onions that are cubed.

It is quite popular in India and also served at almost all Indian restaurants across the globe.

What makes this recipe for kadai paneer so special, is that it gives you that burst of flavours of turmeric, chilli, coriander powder, garam masala plus the tanginess of tomatoes and that tad bit sweetness you get from a pinch of sugar – so many flavours in one, giving you the perfect balance between sweet and spicy, which makes this kadai paneer recipe perfect for a delicious comforting lunch or dinner meal made in under 20 minutes – plus its an amazing option for vegetarians.


  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time25 min
  • Total Time40 min
  • Yield4 Plates
  • Serving Size120 g
  • Energy213 cal
  • Cuisine
    • Indian
  • Course
    • Main Course
  • Cooking Method
    • Cutting
    • Sauteing


    • 2 tbsp oil
    • 1 tsp ginger (grated)
    • 1 tsp garlic (grated)
    • 1 large capsicum (cubed)
    • 1 large onion (cubed)
    • 1 cup tomato puree: 200 grams 
    • salt
    • 1/2 tsp degi mirch
    • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
    • 1 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1 tsp garam masala
    • 1 tsp coriander powder
    • 1/2 tsp sugar
    • 2 tbsp cream or yogurt
    • 200 grams paneer (cubed)


  • Add oil to a kadhai (or wok) and let heat for a few seconds.
  • Add ginger and garlic paste

  • Mix well on medium flame for a few seconds.

  • Mix until lightly cooked.
  • Add tomato puree, salt, degi mirch, chilli powder, turmeric.
  • Mix until well combined.

  • Cover and let cook on medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Take the lid off and add garam masala, coriander powder and sugar.
  • Mix well for a few seconds.
  • Add cream or yogurt.

  • Finally add paneer, onions and capsicum.
  • Mix and serve with naan or rice.


  • To make tomato puree, simply blitz fresh tomatoes in a blender and use 1 cup (200 grams) for this recipe.
  • Cut paneer in good size cubes for a real look.
  • 4 servings per container
  • Serving Size120 g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories213
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat17 g21.79%
  • Saturated Fat0 g0%
  • Trans Fat0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat0 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat0 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg0%
  • Sodium343 mg14.91%
  • Total Carbohydrate22 g8%
  • Dietary Fiber16 g57.14%
  • Total Sugars3 g
  • Protein26 g52%
  • Calcium12 mg0.92%
  • Iron8 mg44.44%
  • Potassium0.7 mg0.01%
  • Vitamin A0.4 mcg0.04%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)0.8 mg0.89%
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)0.9 mcg37.5%