Friday, 1 June 2018

Dhaba Style Tawa Paneer Masala

Tawa Paneer Masala is tempting, aromatic paneer recipe goes well with jeera rice or Indian bread like naan or roti.

For grilled paneer and capsicum:-
  • Paneer, cut into 1 inch cubes- 250 gm
  • Capsicum, cut into 1 inch cubes- 2
  • Chat masala- 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil- as required
For gravy:
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Butter- 1 tbsp
  • Tomato- 3 med (boil and make puree)
  • Onion, finely chopped- 2 med or 1½ cup
  • Red chilli powder- ½ to 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Carom seeds (ajwain)- ¼ tsp
  • Cumin seeds (jeera)- ½ tsp
  • Caraway seeds or Black cumin seeds (shahi jeera)- ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder- ½ tsp
  • Garam masala- ½ tsp
  • Kasuri methi- ¼ tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste- 2 tsp
  • Green chilli, finely chopped- 1
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped- 2 tbsp
  • Fresh cream- 2 tbsp to ¼ cup (optional)

  • Cut paneer into 1 inch cubes and marinate with chilli powder, chaat masala and salt. Keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
  • Heat little oil on the tawa or grill pan. Add capsicum cubes and sprinkle a little salt on them. Stirfry for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Stirfry or grill marinated paneer on the same tawa. 
  • Heat oil on a tawa or pan and add the ajwain and cumin seeds. Let cumin seeds crackled. 
  • Add the onions and a little salt. Saute till they turn brown. 
  • Add shahi jeera, ginger-garlic paste, tomato purée and saute for a minute.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and cook till the oil separates from the gravy. Keep aside.
  • Add butter and mix well.
  • Add the fried paneer cubes, fried capsicum, garam masala and salt. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add kasuri methi and green chillies. Give a nice stir for a minute.
  • If you want to add fresh cream, add it now and mix gently for a while.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve hot.

If you like a creamy texture of gravy or mild flavours then add cream. Otherwise, it tastes great without cream also.