Paneer tawa masala is a very tempting and delicious paneer recipe made with paneer as the main ingredient and cooked in spicy onion-tomato gravy. Roasted paneer pieces gives a good flavour to this dish. Paneer tawa masala is a very simple and easy to make paneer recipe and a perfect side dish for rotis and naans.
Paneer or cottage cheese - 250 grams (cut into small cubes)
Onion - 1 (chopped finely)
Cooking oil - 3 tablespoons
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Ajwain or carom seeds - 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
Green chillies - 2 to 3 (slit vertically into two)
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Garam masala powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Tomato puree - 1/2 cup
Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon
Fresh cream - 1 tablespoon
Coriander leaves for garnishing Salt to taste
TO MARINATE PANEER PIECES Curd - 1 tablespoon Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon Kasoori methi - 2 tablespoons (crushed)
HOW TO MAKE PANEER TAWA MASALA RECIPE Take a mixing bowl. Add curd, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and crushed kasoori methi. Mix well. Add paneer pieces and marinate for 10-15 minutes._x000D_ Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan. Add the paneer pieces and shallow fry for 2-3 minutes by tossing them well. Take care not to burn them. Remove them to a plate.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the same pan. Once oil becomes hot, add cumin seeds and carom seeds and allow it to splutter._x000D_ Then add chopped onions and saute till they become translucent. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for 2 minutes on a low flame.
Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, coriander powder and mix well._x000D_ Add tomato puree and cook for 5-6 minutes on a medium flame or till oil separates.
Add the roasted paneer pieces to this onion-tomato mixture and mix well. Add half a cup of water and cook on a low to medium flame for another 5 minutes_x000D_ Add garam masala powder and fresh cream and mix well. Add lime juice and combine together. Switch off the flame.
Remove paneer tawa masala to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh coriander leaves._x000D_ Serve paneer tawa masala hot with rotis or naans or parathas.
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