Paneer Tawa Masala


Hey, how many of you noticed the new Side Dishes! page on top? Just made it yesterday..Hope you all like it.. Actually it is less than a week for my vacation to India (Wow! I am sooo excited!) and i don’t want you all to have difficulties in looking up for old recipes when i am not there… So these pages will help you find all the recipes in their respective spaces.. In case you can’t find any recipe, please do use the ‘Search this blog’ option at the right hand corner of the page… Just type the keywords there and you will get a list of recipes with that word..

                            Okay, now enough of my blog lessons.. Back to the recipe.. Wow! This was one awesome find of mine from a superb site called ‘Sailus Kitchen’.. Simply loved this dish like anything.. Even though i am one of those lazy people who hate frying paneer before use, i decided to put some hard work this time and followed the recipe word by word.. I am very happy to say that my efforts finally paid off.. The dish came out so yummy that anyone could take it for a restaurant bought one..

The paneer pieces which are marinated with spices and fried, turn out so aromatic that every bite is a heavenly one.. The gravy, even though may look like a simple onion-tomato one is just amazingly tasty… Even though i never use cream, i had some leftover cream i had bought for a dinner party and used them.. The mere 1 Tbsp cream just took the dish to another level.. As you can see from the clicks, it has come out really good..

So if you are a paneer lover like us and love to try new varieties with them, this one is definitely meant for you.. Try and you are sure to drool over this… Happy Cooking!!

Health Benefits of Paneer/Cottage Cheese: Good Source of Calcium, If eaten in moderation, Paneer is associated with lower body weight and reduced risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome, Good source of Protein,Prevents Stomach disorders, Helps in lower back and joint pain…
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Adapted from: Sailu’s Kitchen

1 Cup Paneer/Cottage cheese Cubes, immersed in hot water for 10 mins and drained

For Marinating Paneer:
1 Tbsp Curd/Yogurt (Optional)
1/2 Tbsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Kasuri Methi/Dried Fenugreek leaves

1/2 Tbsp Oil (For shallow frying Paneer)

For the Gravy:
1 Tbsp Oil
2 tsp Cumin seeds/Jeera
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 Green Chillies, finely chopped
1 inch Ginger , minced
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tbsp Red Chilli powder/To taste
1/2 Tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Kasuri Methi/Dried Fenugreek Leaves
1 Large Tomato, pureed
1/2 Tbsp Garam Masala Powder
1 Tbsp Fresh Cream (Optional or can be substituted with a Tbsp of Milk)
2 tsp Lemon Juice
Salt to Taste
Coriander Leaves for garnish

1. Take the soaked and drained paneer pieces and add red chilli powder, turmeric powder,kasuri methi and curd and mix well with hands so that the spices are evenly coated on the pieces..Keep aside for 15 mins..

2. Meanwhile heat a pan with oil and splutter cumin seeds..

3. Add onion and fry well till slightly browned..

4. Add green chillies and minced ginger and fry well till the raw smell of ginger goes away..

5. Add red chilli,turmeric,coriander powders and kasuri methi and keep frying on medium flame..

6. Add Tomato puree and cook till the rawness goes away and forms a thick gravy…

7. Meanwhile, shallow fry the marinated paneer pieces in 1/2 tbsp oil till golden brown on all sides..

8. Add the pieces to the gravy and add salt..Bring it to a boil..

9. Add garam masala powder and cream.. Mix well..

10.Add lemon juice, mix well and switch off the flame..
11.Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves..
Serve hot with rotis,parathas or rice!

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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