tawa paneer masala recipe

Tawa paneer (paneer tawa masala)

By Swasthi on August 26, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Tawa paneer masala is a simple, easy and quick dish made with paneer, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, spices & herbs. Paneer tawa masala is mostly served in restaurants & is eaten with tandoori roti, naan or even with jeera rice. It also goes well with phulkas or plain parathas. This dish does not have that usual creamy texture like paneer butter masala or paneer makhani. But it tastes delicious.

tawa paneer

Tawa is the Indian/ hindi name for a griddle or a flat pan. The name tawa paneer is because the entire dish is prepared on a tawa.

Frying the masala on a high flame on a large tawa makes the dish aromatic and taste special. This is how it is different from the regular paneer sabji. For a home preparation this can be made in a kadai or regular pan as well.

This recipe of tawa paneer is kept very simple and is made with basic ingredients. I have roughly adapted it from Chef Sanjeev kapoor’s recipe of baby corn, capsicum and paneer masala.

So you can play around using your favorite veggies like baby corn or mushrooms.

This recipe needs tomato puree and it is used to speed up the process of cooking tomatoes which would take a little longer otherwise.

So if you do not want to puree the tomatoes you can add them chopped finely or use a ready made tomato puree. Adjust the quantity to match the sourness to your taste.

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1. Add oil to the hot tawa, sprinkle cumin. When it splutters then add grated ginger and fry till it begins to smell good. Do not burn it.

tempering cumin on a tawa for tawa paneer

2. Add chopped onions and salt. Keep stirring and fry evenly on a moderately high flame till they turn golden.

frying onions for tawa paneer

3. While the onions are frying, you can add the chopped tomatoes to a blender jar and puree it. If you wish to add few cashews to make the gravy rich, you can add it now.

making tomato puree

4. When the onions turn golden, pour the tomato puree. Cook till the raw smell of the tomatoes vanishes. Keep stirring to prevent burning.

frying tomato puree with onions for tawa paneer

5. Add garam masala, red chili powder and capsicums.

addition of garam masala for tawa paneer

How to make tawa paneer masala

6. Mix well and fry on a medium high flame till the mixture smells good of the masala. This usually takes 2 minutes.

frying onion tomato mixture for tawa paneer masala recipe

7. Pour very little water to bring the gravy to your desired consistency. Mix well and cook till gravy thickens. Then add paneer and kasuri methi.

addition of kasuri meth

8. Mix every thing well. Cook till the gravy turns thick. If you like to use cream, skip water. Pour the cream to a bowl and add little tomato onion mixture from the tawa and stir. Then add back to the pan. This helps preventing the cream to curdle. Switch off the stove.

addition of water or cream

Garnish tawa paneer masala with coriander leaves. Serve with rice or roti.

tawa paneer recipe

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Tawa paneer (paneer tawa masala)

Easy tawa paneer masala – Simple and quick to make delicious paneer dish in a onion tomato base. Tawa paneer can be served with roti, chapati or rice. It also goes well in tiffin box.
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 cups paneer cubed
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup onions fine chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin or jeera
  • ¾ tsp ginger grated or crushed
  • ¾ cup tomato puree or 1 cup chopped
  • ¼ cup capsicum
  • ½ to ¾ tsp red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • ¾ tsp garam masala powder (adjust to suit your taste)
  • ½ tsp kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves
  • Salt as needed
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves chopped

Optional ingredients

  • 2 to 3 tbsp Cream or 5 to 6 cashews (refer notes)


  • Heat a tawa with oil. Add cumin and allow to splutter. Then add grated ginger and fry till you smell it good.
  • Add finely chopped onions, sprinkle salt and fry evenly till they turn golden.
  • While the onions fry, puree the tomatoes.
  • When the onions turn golden, add tomato puree and mix well. Fry until the tomato puree thickens and the raw smell disappears.
  • Add capsicum, red chilli powder and garam masala. Mix and fry till the masala smells good for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour very little water and mix well to make a gravy. Cook until the gravy turns thick.
  • Next add paneer and kasuri methi. Stir well.
  • Allow it to cook for 2 minutes . Sprinkle coriander leaves. Transfer to a serving bowl and keep covered.
  • Garnish tawa paneer masala with coriander leaves. Serve with rice or roti.


If using cream add it at the last step instead of water. Add the cream to a bowl first and then add little tomato gravy to the bowl mix. Then add back to the tawa to prevent curdling.
If using cashews. Add them to tomatoes and puree.
Adjust the quantity of tomatoes to suit your taste and do not use very sour tomatoes.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Tawa paneer (paneer tawa masala)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 429 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 336mg15%
Potassium 333mg10%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 595IU12%
Vitamin C 25.2mg31%
Calcium 569mg57%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tawa paneer (paneer tawa masala)

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Hi Swasthi,

I made this today and it was great, but I was wondering how much red chilli pepper to add? It appears to have been omitted from the ingredient list.

Thank you for the wonderful site. I have found it to be a great resource.

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Hi Swasthi, I tired many recipes from your blog and all came as expected and yummy too. This one is no exception, everyone in my family loved this curry. Can’t thank you enough. Stay blessed.

Hi plz try to put videos of the recipe and if not videos at least step by step pics of the process

Heyy Swasthi!!!!! I tried ur resturant style kadhai paneer recipe !! Its was super tasty!! Loved it ^_^ Thnku fr such delicious paneer recipes 🙂

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Hi swati
I tried your paneer tawa masala recipie. It was very nice and both my children liked it very much. I used to visit your website for recipes I need. Thank you for such easy and delicious dishes.


Thank you for your recipe

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Thank u 4r u recipe .Itz really vry tasty

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its really good and pls tell me how to make paneer

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