Tawa paneer masala

Tawa Paneer masala is  semi-dry paneer dish made with paneer, onions, capsicum and tomatoes. This is restaurant style paneer tawa masala.As the name says paneer tawa masala, it is made on tawa..its so yummy 

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Complexity: Easy


  • Paneer/cottage cheese – 200 to 250 gms
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 large
  • Capsicum – 1 medium
  • Tomatoes, chopped – 3 medium
  • Garlic and ginger paste – 1tbsp
  • Green chili, chopped – 1
  • Carom seeds/ajwain – 1/2 tspC
  • Coriander powder -1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2  tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4t sp
  • Pav bhaji masala – 1 tsp
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Crushed kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves – 1/2 tsp
  • salt as required
  • few chopped coriander leaves for garnish


  1. finely chop the onions and capsicum/green bell pepper. and roughly chop the tomatoes, green chili
  2. add the chopped tomatoes in a blender and make a smooth puree. keep aside.
  3. chop the paneer in 1/2 inch cubes.
  4. melt butter on a tawa
  5. add the carom seeds/ajwain and fry them for a few seconds or till aromatic.
  6. add the onions and saute till translucent.
  7. add the ginger-garlic paste, green chilies, finely chopped capsicum/green bell pepper and saute for about 3 minutes.
  8. then add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and pav bhaji masala. pav bhaji masala,
  9. stir and saute for about a minute.
  10. then add the tomato puree and salt.
  11. stir well and saute till you see butter releasing from the sides and the masala has thickened a bit. this takes about 8 to 10 minutes on a low flame.
  12. if the tomato masala looks dry, then add 1 or 2 tbsp of water and continue to saute.
  13. add the paneer cubes and stir well, so that the masala coats the paneer cubes evenly.
  14. cook the paneer for 1 to 2 minutes. then add the crushed kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves. stir very well and switch off the flame.
  15. garnish with coriander leaves and serve tawa paneer masala with chapatis, phulkas, naan or bread.



  1.  while serving paneer taw masala drizzle some lemon juice on top and garnish with coriander leaves.
  2. if you don’t have tawa then you can easily use a frying pan or a medium skillet. if using a tawa, then use a medium sized or a large tawa, so that the food does not spill from the sides while cooking.


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