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Paneer Tawa Masala

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Paneer Tawa Masala

paneer tawa masala
Paneer Tawa Masala

The other day I prepared Paneer Tawa Masala with phulkas for brunch. Last week, Nehal had a long unexpected break from school due to the bandh and breakfast was served pretty late in the mornings. Well, we had late nights and lazy mornings. :)

Every now and then, I try to make a special paneer dish to go with rotis, away from the routine palak paneer or paneer butter masala. The possibilities with paneer are endless and I always look forward to try new and exciting flavors. Paneer Tawa Masala, is a simple, easy to put together special dish. It is a combination of sweet and tangy flavors with a creamy textured sauce. Serve this restaurant style vegetarian delight with phulka or naan.

Paneer Tawa Masala Recipe

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Yield: 5
Main Ingredients: paneer


  • Paneer - 1/4 kg, cubed, place in warm water for 10 mts and drain
  • Curd - 1 tbsp (yogurt) optional
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Carom seeds - 1/2 tsp (vaamu/ajwain)
  • Kasoori methi - 1 1/2 tsps, crushed
  • Onion - 1, large, finely chopped
  • Ginger - 1/2", finely minced
  • Green chili paste - 1 tsp (grind 2 green chilis to a paste)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - pinch
  • Tomato puree - 1/2 cup
  • Fresh cream - 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsps
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Oil - 2 1/2 tbsps


  1. Marinate paneer in curd, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chili powder and 1/2 tsp kasoori methi for 10-15 mts.
  2. Heat a pan, drizzle 1/2 tbsp oil and shallow fry the paneer pieces for 3 mts tossing the contents well. Do not burn them. Turn off flame and remove to a plate.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Once hot, add cumin seeds and carom seeds and allow to splutter. Add chopped onions and saute for 5 mts. Add minced ginger and green chili paste and saute for 2 mts.
  4. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and kasoori methi and mix well. Add tomato puree and cook for 6-7 mts or till oil separates.
  5. Add the roasted paneer pieces to the onion-tomato mixture and mix well. Add half a cup of water and cook for 5-7 mts on low to medium flame.
  6. Add garam masala powder and fresh cream and mix well. Add lemon juice and mix well and turn off flame.
  7. Remove to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve with roti or naan.


  • Capsicum can also be added. Chop capsicum into 1/2" pieces and saute them like paneer pieces and follow rest of the recipe.
  • If you do not have carom seeds, omit them.

Paneer Tawa Masala, a restaurant style paneer dish that is simple and tasty. Quick and easy recipes using paneer especially preparaed for special occasions.

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By • Sep 2nd, 2013 • Category: All Recipes, Indian Curry Recipes, Indian Paneer Recipes, Indian Vegetarian Recipes, North Indian Recipes