Masaledar Paneer

Paneer marinating in spices

I love paneer and i think yogurt and paneer are the only things that keep me away from becoming a vegan tomorrow! This is a easy and quick recipe and can be had straight-up as a snack or even in the evening after a long day of doing nothing ;) with some beer or my favorite margaritas (yummy!). I actually decided to make this when i was hungry one evening and wanted something substantial but high in protein. I chanced upon the half block of paneer in my fridge and just went ahead with it.It was really good with a good squirt of lime on top.

I am submitting this to 'Think Spice' monthly event which is started by Sunita of
Sunita's World

So without any more delay... here is the recipe.


Paneer - 200 gms ( 1/2 a big block)
Garlic- 1 pod, crushed
Olive oil - 1 tsp (yes... just 1:)
Red Chilli Powder -1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder -1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder -1/2 tsp
Chat Masala - 1/4 tsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp ( as chat masala has quite a lot)
Kasoori Methi - 1 tsp
Cumin (whole) - 1 tsp


1. Cut paneer in chunky cubes and keep aside.

2. Crush or finely chop the garlic.

3. Take a ziplock, put in all the ingredients except the paneer and shake well.

4. Add the paneer blocks to the above marinade, jiggle the packet well so that the spices coat, you have to work on the coating as there is very little oil. Let the marinated panner rest for 15-20 mts.

5. Heat a griddle pan in medium high heat and add the paneer to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes on both sides, till lightly brown.

6. Done! now sprinkle the juice of half a lime to this and you have a snack ready!

In hindsight, i would also add slivered onions with the lemons at the end, i think it would taste really good.


bhags said...

Hey Rajitha, first timer have a good blog here ur recipes

sunita said...

Hi Rajitha, that's such a tempting and quick recipe...thanks for sending it over...glad you could participate :)

Rajitha said...

bhags - thanks! you got a good blog going to..

sunita - my pleasure to participate, what a fun event!

Richa said...

hi from one paneer fan to another ;)
Paneer looks YUM :)

Laavanya said...

Great looking paneer and such a burst of flavor.

TBC said...

First time here. What a nice way to use paneer. I have some tofu, maybe I will give it the paneer-treatment.

Jyothsna said...

Nice blog here....and paneer too!

Nags said...

i love paneer too. and thats such a unique way of marinating them. also love the dish you photographed them in :)

nice entry!

timepass said...

Wow, looks very nice and tempting.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Rajitha....the paneer looks yummy dear :-)

Rajitha said...

richa - thnx..great minds do think alike and love paneer ;)

laavanya - it is a little party in ur mouth.. thnkx

tbc- tofu would be delicious.. perhaps a little more oil... coz paneer is quite fatty..thnx for dropping in

jyothsna - thnx

nags- i love the dish too..

timepass- c'mon give it a try.. it is good ( really shameless of me bragging this way ;)

sirisha - thnx hon! and that poll idea is a good one.

zlamushka said...

Dear Rajitha,

thanx for visiting my blog. I am happy you did, because i find yours very very interesting. I dont eat paneer myself, but imagin this would work just as well with tofu, right ? I ll try it for sure. Kasoori methi you use here is fresh or dried ? I only have dried.

Sreelu said...


this is awesome, I made this the same way except I skewered them into a kakab. beautiful color on paneer

Latha Narasimhan said...

Hi rajitha,
Thanks for visiting my site.
Your paneer looks yummy!The next is a tofu recipe wow!

Rajitha said...

zlamushka - tnks for dropping in.. i used the dry stuff.

sreelu - i think skewering them as kababs are great.. looks good during presentation too.. alas i do not have a grill

latha - thnx

Kajal said...

Excellent and different entry for Think Spicy cumin event......Great work with simple paneer......Paneer looks admirable. I like your Glorious Herb green chillies Bread.

Rajitha said...

kajal- thanks... you have a great website going on for you too

anusharaji( said...

luv marinating stuff
looks beautiful
luv the plate more :))

Rajitha said...

anusha-hey! u mean u don't luv the paneer :(.. kidding. i love that dish 2

Pragyan said...

Wow..I love quick recipes, paneer and grilling...and this is everything combined into one :) Will def use this next time I grill paneer..Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is my first visit here. Your paneer recipe,Tofu scramble, noodles, cherry cobbler and the cake etc etc... everything, looks delicious and very tempting too. They are all added to my must-try list right away. Thanks for sharing the recipes.


Rajitha said...

Rg - thanks a million... :)

Shella said...

I really love the paneer. I think it would do the paneer some good, if we grill them, or bake them?? Can give it a try.

Nice looking pics

Rina said...

Luv this recipe. Sure to grab a block of paneer in the indian store when I visit next and try this out. Thx for visiting my space.