Paneer cooked in Pav Bhaji Masala
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
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
  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.