Delicious, Spicy Tawa Paneer | Paneer Tava Masala

Weekend is here and time to try something delectable like this Spicy Tawa Paneer. I made it mid-week for my brother who is visiting, and it is simply delicious.

Tawa Paneer is a staple starter at Mumbai weddings, and is essentially paneer and vegetables like capsicum, tomato, and onion cooked in Pav Bhaji masala on a Tawa or Griddle. So it is basically Chunky Pav Bhaji with paneer pieces substituting potato.

Tawa Paneer: Paneer cookedin a gravy of onions, tomato puree, and capsicum, and flavoured with Pav Bhaji masala
Tawa Paneer

We already have a lot of paneer recipes on the blog so coming up with a new recipe proved quite a challenge. As we researched we came across this recipe for Tava Paneer on Veg Recipes of India and decided to try it. The result was very satisfying. Thank you, Dasanna Amit.

How to Make Spicy Tawa Paneer

Spicy Tawa Paneer
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This is the recipe for Tawa Paneer that you can serve as a a starter, or then as an accompaniment with rotis. 

Course: Accompaniment, Main, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine: Indian, Mughlai, Mumbai Street Food, Vegetarian
Keyword: Tava Paneer, Tawa Paneer
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
The Star
  • 250 Gms Paneer Cut into 1" cubes
The Vegetables
  • 1 Cup Chopped Onions 2 Medium Onions
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Capsicum 1 Large Sized Capsicum
  • 2/3 Cup Tomato Puree 2 Large Tomatoes
For the Masala
  • 1 tsp Grated Ginger 1" piece
  • 2 tsp Crushed Garlic 3-4 Fat Garlic Flakes
  • 1-2 tsp Finely Chopped Green Chillies 2-3 Green Chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Pav Bhaji Masala OR 3/4 tsp Garam Masala +1/4 tsp Amchur Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Dhania or Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Haldi, Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ajwain, Carom Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions
  1. In a kadhai, heat the butter. You can use a very large tawa, if you have it. I find it easier to cook in a kadhai.

  2. Add the ajwain and stir-fry for a few seconds.

  3. Add the onions.

  4. Stir-fry till the onions are translucent.

  5. Add green chillies, capsicum, ginger and garlic.

  6. Stir-fry for 3 to 5 minutes till the capsicum softens a bit and the raw smell of ginger and garlic disappears.

  7. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, and Pav Bhaji masala.

  8. Mix well and stir-fry for a minute.

  9. Add the tomato puree and salt. 

  10. Cook till the mix thickens, and the butter starts to leave the sides.

  11. Add the paneer pieces and mix well.

  12. Turn off the heat.

  13. Cover and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes for the Paneer to absorb the flavours of the masala.

  14. Serve hot with rotis.

 

Tava Paneer Masala
Tava Paneer Masala

Step-by-Step Recipe for Making Spicy Tawa Paneer

  1. In a kadhai, heat the butter. You can use a very large tawa, if you have it. I find it easier to cook in a kadhai.
  2. Add the ajwain and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  3. Add the onions and stir-fry till the onions are translucent
  4. Now add ginger, garlic, green chillies and capsicum.
  5. Stir-fry for 3 to 5 minutes till the capsicum softens a bit.
  6. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, and Pav Bhaji masala.
  7. Mix well and stir-fry for a minute.
  8. Add the tomato puree and salt.
  9. Cook till the mix thickens, and the butter starts to leave the sides.
  10. Add the paneer pieces.
  11. With a gentle hand, mix well till all the paneer pieces are coated with the tawa masala.
  12. Turn off the heat.
  13. Cover and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes for the Paneer to absorb the flavours of the masala.
  14. Serve hot with rotis.
Tawa Paneer with Roti
Tawa Paneer with Roti