To saute and grind ( Onion – Tomato paste) :
For Kadai masala:
  1. Clean, wash and chop veggies length wise. Blanch them in hot water to ease faster cooking .
  2. Dice onion and capsicum .
To make onion – tomato paste :
  1. Add a tsp of oil and add the ingredients under ‘to saute and grind’ and saute till tomatoes turns little mushy.
  2. Cool down and grind it a fine paste.
To make Kadai Masala:
  1. Dry roast coriander seeds,red chillies,cinnamon ,cloves and elaichi until they turn slightly brown and starts releasing the aroma.
  2. Cool them and grind it in mixer to a coarse powder .
Now Time to assemble everything and prepare the yummy kadai masala gravy :
  1. Heat butter in a kadai . Add cumin seeds and bay leaf. Let cumin seeds splutter.Add onion and saute till slightly browned.
  2. Next add the tomato paste and saute well for about 4-5 mins or till raw smell goes and color changes.
  3. Meanwhile , as the tomato onion paste is getting cooked , take another pan add little oil,toast capsicum and onion for 2mins,Set aside.Retain crunchiness .
  4. Once the raw smell of the tomato – onion paste goes and they start leaving oil , add haldi , kasoori methi , kadai masala , garam masala ,salt and sugar .Saute for 2 mins .
  5. Add blanched veggies . Add very little water and cook on low flame for 3-4 mins. . Let the veggies take in flavors .
  6. Add sauted onions and capsicum .Finally add in fresh cream, chopped coriander leaves and give a quick mix , Boil once and switch off .
  7. Yummy kadai vegetable gravy is ready to serve . Serve with phuka / chapathi / naan / kulch / pulao etc .
Recipe Notes
  1. Maintain the crunchiness of diced capsicum and onion .
  2. The same recipe can be adapted to make kadai paneer or other kadai recipes .
  3. You can add some paneer cubes to this recipe also .

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