Friday, December 23, 2022



Wherever you travel in India, you will find that paneer ( Indian Cottage Cheese)  is frequently used in Indian vegetarian cooking. Most houses these days especially in the urban areas have developed a taste for paneer dishes. In earlier years, paneer was had only in restaurants. 

Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes made with Paneer such as:-

 Today's recipe gets its name from the way it is made. It is prepared on a tawa ( which is a flat griddle used extensively in Indian cooking)  and these days is commonly available as street food. It can be made relatively fast. I have adapted this from Tawa Paneer from the well-known cookery site Veg Recipes of India. 

It tasted great served with hot rotis! 


  • Paneer, (Indian Cottage Cheese) 200 grams I need large size, large size
  • Large-sized Onion, 1 
  • Medium-sized Capsicum/Bellpepper, 
  • Medium-sized Tomatoes, 3 
  • Ginger, 1 " piece
  • Garlic Cloves, 4-5
  • Green Chilli, 1 
  • Carom Seeds, (Ajwain) , 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 1 tsp
  • Pav Bhaji Masala, 1 tsp
  • Kasuri Methi ( Dry Fenugreek Leaves), 1 tsp
  • Salt, to taste 
  • Butter, 2 tbsp
  • Coriander Leaves, chopped, 1 tbsp for garnish

Cut the paneer into cubes
Finely chop the onion, capsicum, and green chilli
Finely chop the ginger and crush together with the garlic cloves to make a paste 
Roughly chop the tomatoes and puree them in a small mixer jar without adding any water

Heat 2 tbsp of butter on a tawa and when it melts add the carom seeds and saute on medium heat for a few seconds
To this add the onions and sauté till they become translucent 
Next add the freshly prepared ginger-garlic paste, green chilli, and capsicum  and saute on medium heat for 2-3 minutes 
Then add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and pav bhaji masala and mix well
Saute the spices for 1 minutes taking care that they don't get burnt 
Add the tomato puree and salt to taste and mix well
Saute for 8-10 minutes on low heat till the masala thickens
Now add the paneer cubes and mix well so that they are evenly coated with the masala
Rub the kauri methi between your palms and add to the tawa paneer
Switch off the gas and lastly garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves
Transfer to serving bowl
Serve Tawa Paneer hot with naan or rotis

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