Tawa Paneer Recipe

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Tawa Paneer Recipe – semi-dry paneer dish made with cottage cheese aka paneer, onions, capsicum and tomatoes. This is restaurant style paneer tawa masala.

Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

As the name says paneer tawa masala, it is made on tawa or tava only. I was not sure how to explain so I looked into wiki. Tawa is a large, flat or concave or convex disc-shaped frying pan. I usually use it for making Indian flat breads like paratha or roti.

It is not must to use tawa. You can use wide pan as well. As you can see in the steps below, I have not used traditional tawa. Because the one I have is smaller in size. I cannot make two portions in that. So I have used large non stick pan which resembles tawa.

For making tawa paneer, I have marinated the paneer pieces. And then sauteed on tawa. For the marination, I have used kashmiri red chili powder. Hence you see the paneer pieces has bright red color.

Check out other paneer recipes
Paneer jalfrezi  //  Paneer do pyaza  //  Paneer bhurji  //  Paneer tikka


How to make Tawa paneer masala recipe (Step by Step Photos):


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1) First marinate the paneer. Take red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt in a bowl.

2) Add lemon juice.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

3) Mix well and make paste.

4) Add paneer cubed. Stir well and coat the paneer pieces with the spice paste. The best way to mix is use your hand. Keep it aside and let it marinate for 20-30 minutes.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

5) Meanwhile prep other ingredients. Then caramelize the onions. For that heat one tablespoon of oil in a tawa. Once hot add onions.

6) Cook and stir occasionally. So onions do not get burn.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

7) Cook till it gets dark brown in color.

8) Remove it to a plate and keep it aside.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

9) In the same tawa on medium heat, add another one tablespoon of oil. Once oil is hot, add paneer pieces and saute.

10) Flip them once they get slight color on one side. Do not overcook it.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

11) Remove it to a plate and keep it aside.

12) Now wipe the tawa clean with paper towel. Heat the butter in the tawa.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

13) As soon as butter is melted, add cumin seeds. let them sizzle a bit.

14) Add chopped tomatoes.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

15) Mix well and sprinkle salt.

16) Cook till tomatoes are soft.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

17) Now mash the softened tomatoes using potato masher.

18) It will be more pulpy and cook till fat starts to ooze out from sides.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

19) Add capsicum.

20) Mix well.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

21) Also add ginger paste and green chilies.

22) Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

23) Add red chili powder, cumin powder and garam masala.

24) Stir well, If it looks too dry then add splash of water. So spices do not get burn. Cook for a minute.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

25) Add caramelized onions and sauteed paneer.

26) Mix very gently, so everything is coated to paneer well.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

27) Lastly add chopped cilantro.

28) Again mix and turn off the stove.
Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

Paneer tawa masala is ready to serve. If you make it and do share your feedback in comments below.

Serving suggestions: Tawa paneer can be served with roti, paratha or naan. This is semi-dry paneer dish, so not recommended to serve with rice. Or you can have it as a starter as such, just have fork and some green chutney on side.

Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe

Tawa Paneer Recipe | Paneer tawa masala recipe
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Tawa paneer recipe (Paneer tawa masala recipe)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

For marinating paneer:

  • 200 grams or 7 oz Paneer cubed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon juice

For caramelized onions:

  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • ½ cup Onion sliced

For tawa paneer recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 2 medium or 1 ½ cups Tomato finely chopped
  • ½ cup Capsicum (Green bell pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 1 Green chili chopped finely
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala
  • few Cilantro or coriander leaves chopped finely

Instructions

Marinating the paneer:

  1. Take red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add lemon juice. Mix well and make paste.
  3. Add paneer cubed. Stir well and coat the paneer pieces with the spice paste.
  4. Keep it aside and let it marinate for 20-30 minutes.

Making caramelized onions:

  1. Heat one tablespoon of oil in a tawa. Once hot add onions.
  2. Cook and stir occasionally. So onions do not get burn.
  3. Cook till it gets dark brown in color.
  4. Remove it to a plate and keep it aside.

Making Paneer tawa masala recipe:

  1. In the same tawa on medium heat, add another one tablespoon of oil.
  2. Once oil is hot, add paneer pieces and saute.
  3. Flip them once they get slight color on one side. Do not overcook it.
  4. Remove it to a plate and keep it aside.
  5. Now wipe the tawa clean with paper towel. Heat the butter in the tawa.
  6. As soon as butter is melted, add cumin seeds. let them sizzle a bit.
  7. Add chopped tomatoes. Mix well and sprinkle salt. Cook till tomatoes are soft.
  8. Now mash the softened tomatoes using potato masher. It will be more pulpy and cook till fat starts to ooze out from sides.
  9. Add capsicum. Mix well.
  10. Also add ginger paste and green chilies. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Add red chili powder, cumin powder and garam masala.
  12. Stir well, If it looks too dry then add splash of water. So spices do not get burn. Cook for a minute.
  13. Add caramelized onions and sauteed paneer.
  14. Mix very gently, so everything is coated to paneer well.
  15. Lastly add chopped cilantro. Again mix
  16. Turn off the stove.

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