Kadhai Paneer was one of my favorite dishes during winter back in India. The rest of the year we would have Paneer in Parathas, as Paneer Bhurjee, Paneer Aloo .... The taste of ground spices coupled with the mellow flavor of green bell peppers, fresh Methi leaves and paneer was as close to gastronomical heaven as I could get.
I found a pack of red bell peppers at Trader Joe's and I had a green bell pepper at home with a pack of paneer. K loves this dish, so I decided to make this and surprise him at lunch :)
1 packet paneer (you can substitute Tofu), cut into finger sized strips
2 bell peppers, cut the same size as the Paneer
2 tsp whole coriander seeds
2 green chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp kasoori methi
4 dry red chilli
4 garlic cloves
4 small tomoatoes or 2 large tomatoes, chopped
1" ginger, chopped fine
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander, to garnish
Grind the garlic, dry red chilli and coriander seeds coarsely.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the garlic-chilli paste. Cook for a minute and then add the bell pepper, ginger and green chilli. Cook for a minute and then add the chopped tomatoes. Cook till the tomatoes are done and the oil separates.
Add Kasoori methi and salt and cook for 1 minute. Add the paneer slices, lower heat and cook for abt 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish with chopped corander leaves and serve hot with Paratha. Enjoy !! :)