Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tawa Paneer Masala

Tawa Paneer Masala Recipe

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tawa paneer masala recipe - a semi dry curry with capsicum/bell pepper, onions, tomatoes and paneer cubes cooked on tawa or a griddle. a popular restaurant side dish.

Cuisine: north indian
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients (american measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 200 to 250 gms paneer/cottage cheese
  • 1 large onion, about 100 to 120 gms
  • 1 medium capsicum/green bell pepper, about 80 to 100 gms
  • 3 medium tomatoes, 180 to 200 gms
  • 4 to 5 medium garlic/lahsun
  • 1 inch ginger/adrak
  • 1 green chili/hari mirch, chopped
  • ½ tsp carom seeds/ajwain/omam
  • 1 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder/lal mirch powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 1 tsp pav bhaji masala or ½ tsp garam masala + ¼ tsp dry mango powder/amchur powder
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp crushed kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves
  • salt as required
  • few chopped coriander leaves/dhania patta for garnish
1. add the chopped tomatoes in a blender and make a smooth puree. keep aside.
puree for tava paneer recipe
2. melt butter on a tawa or skillet.
melt butter in tawa
3. add the carom seeds/ajwain and fry them for a few seconds or till aromatic.
fry carom seeds for making tawa paneer
4. add the onions and saute till translucent.
saute onions for making tawa paneer recipe
5. add the ginger-garlic paste, green chilies, finely chopped capsicum/green bell pepper and saute for about 3 minutes.
preparing tawa paneer masala
6. then add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and pav bhaji masala. if you don’t have pav bhaji masala, then add garam masala + amchur powder/dry mango powder. stir and saute for about a minute.
add spices to tawa paneer masala
7. add the tomato puree and stir.
stir paneer tawa masala
8. season with salt and saute with stirring at intervals.
add tomato puree to tawa paneer masala
9. saute till you see butter releasing from the sides and the masala has thickened a bit. this takes about 8 to 10 minutes on a low flame. if the tomato masala looks dry, then add 1 or 2 tbsp of water and continue to saute.
preparing tawa paneer masala
10. add the paneer cubes and stir well, so that the masala coats the paneer cubes evenly.
add paneer cubes
11. cook the paneer for 1 to 2 minutes. then add the crushed kasuri methi/dry fenugreek leaves. stir very well and switch off the flame.
making tawa paneer masala recipe
12. garnish with coriander leaves and serve tawa paneer masala with chapatis, phulkas,naan or bread. accompany with a few wedges of lemon slices which can be drizzled on the tawa paneer and a side onion salad.

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