Tawa Paneer (Pan Fried Marinated Indian Cottage Cheese)

This is a quick recipe using store bought paneer. I do not always make paneer from scratch every time I want to cook with it because I cook paneer a lot and that’s ok! No judgment here 🙂 Of course if you have the time and a lot of whole milk ready, you can always make the paneer from scratch too. For that check Malai Kofta . Sometimes though when you are in a rush, store bought paneer can be made into a delicious starter or meal simply by using some pantry items. Make it as spicy or as mild as you want @sarchakra

PREP TIME: 10 mins plus marination time

COOK TIME: 10 mins



  • Paneer 2 cups, cut into large cubes
  • Red onions 1, cut into large pieces
  • Greek yogurt 4 tbsp
  • Mustard oil 3 tbsp, divided
  • Red chili powder 2 tsp
  • Paprika 2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Turmeric 2 tbsp
  • Ginger paste 1 tbsp
  • Garlic paste 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder 1 tbsp
  • Cumin powder 2 tsp
  • Coriander leaf 2 tbsp
  • Carom seeds 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice 2 tbsp


  • Take Greek yogurt in a bowl. Add salt, turmeric, red chili powder, paprika, cumin powder, coriander powder, ginger paste, garlic pasta, 1 tbsp mustard oil, lemon juice, carom seeds and chopped coriander. Mix.
  • Marinate paneer and red onions in yogurt mixture. Leave aside for at least an hour.
  • Heat 2 tbsp mustard oil in a nonstick pan.
  • Sauté marinated paneer and onion on a medium flame along with the marinated mixture turning halfway till both sides are cooked.
  • Let the paneer pieces cook till slightly charr. This should take about 8-10 minutes. Serve with rice or a salad.
The marination
Sauté in medium high heat
Pan Fried Marinated Paneer is ready
Pan Fried Marinated Paneer

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