Tawa Paneer Masala is a delectable semi dry preparation of smoked paneer cooked in tomato onion gravy on flat griddle called as Tawa/Tava. Tawa Paneer Masala is basically served with lachcha paratha, nan or phulka, but it is equally delectable when served with jeera rice or peas pulao or any pulao of your choice. The Best thing of this dish is, it is cooked in less than 30 minutes and you have a delightful menu ready in minutes when you have a sudden guest visit at home. Tawa Paneer Masala tastes best when cooked on heavy bottom flat griddle on which flat breads are cooked in Indian homes. But, if Tawa is not available with you, you can make it on wide mouthed frying pan too. Make this delicious quick, easy restaurant style Tawa Paneer Masala at home and earn loads of laurels from your family and guest.
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Now, let’s go through how I do Tawa Paneer Masala…
200 gms, paneer (cottage cheese) cut in 1 inch cubes
1 medium capsicum, cut in 1 inch cubes
1 large onion, chopped
1 large tomato, finely chopped
4-5 tablespoon, tomato puree
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped/ crushed
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
2 green chilies, finely chopped ( you may adjust accordingly)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon, Kashmiri red chili powder
1 teaspoon, coriander powder
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon, garam masala powder
1 tablespoon cream ( I have used Amul cream)
1 teaspoon kasuri methi
½ teaspoon sugar
Salt as per taste
2 table spoon oil/ butter
1 table spoon, melted butter
One burning piece of charcoal
½ teaspoon ghee
In a bowl combine, paneer cubes, kasuri methi, 1 tablespoon of melted butter and little salt.
Place a small bowl over the paneer. Put the heated charcoal in the steel bowl and pour ½ teaspoon of ghee over it to create smoke. Immediately, cover it with a tight lid to allow the smoke to penetrate in the mixture. Let it stand for 15 mins. After 15 minutes, discard the coal.
By the time paneer is getting smoked well, let's make the masala base for it.
Heat an oil on a tawa ( flat griddle). once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and allow it to crackle. Add onions and fry until they are picking up the golden colour ( do not burn them). Add ginger, garlic and green chilies, fry for a minute.
Add tomatoes and cook for few minutes on high heat. Sprinkle some water if required.Cook on low heat for few minutes to soften the tomatoes. Once the tomatoes are soft, mash it a bit with back of spoon.
Add red chili powder, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder and mix well. Sprinkle some water and cook on high heat for 2 minutes. Stir in between.
Add tomato puree, capsicum and salt, cook for a minute or 2 on high heat, again sprinkle some water if required.
Lastly, add marinated smoked paneer, sugar, garam masala powder and cream, give a gentle mix. Sprinkle some water and cook on high heat for a minute.
Delicious Tawa Paneer Masala is ready to be served.
Dish out, garnish with green coriander leaves and serve hot with lachcha paratha, nan, phulka or pulao of your choice.
Please do not add too much water while cooking this Tawa Paneer masala, water has to be sprinkled and not poured 🙂