Baked Ajwaini Paneer

Baked Ajwaini Paneer

Baked Ajwaini Paneer

Cooking time: 15 min


  • Paneer, 100 gms
  • Red chilli powder, 1 tsp
  • Ajwain (carom seeds) seeds, 2 tsp
  • Amchoor (dried mango) powder, 2 tsp
  • Grated nutmeg, a pinch
  • Turmeric, a pinch
  • Green chutney, 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Salt, to taste


  • If you are using store-bought paneer, warm it up in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  • Take the marinade ingredients – chilli powder, carom seeds, dry mango powder, nutmeg and turmeric – in a bowl and mix them with a tablespoon of water and make a paste.
  • Rub it on the paneer. Add couple of more tablespoons of water to the remaining marinade and pour it over the paneer.
  • Let it sit so for 30 minutes.
  • Warm the oven to gas mark 3 / 160 C / 325 F.
  • Towards the last 5 minutes, sprinkle some salt over the paneer and let it remain so till the 30 mins are up.
  • Take an oven-safe dish, butter it and place the marinated paneer and place the dish in the middle of the oven.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Cool for a minute. Drizzle the green chutney all around it.
  • Enjoy with a crisp salad.

Serving Suggestion

  • For meat-lovers, you can substitute the paneer with any flaky white fish. Marinade for longer, though. About 2-3 hours sounds right.
  • Both versions (paneer and fish) go awesomely well with a load of veggies. Since this is ‘dry’ try it with some form of gravy.
  • Needless to say rice will be this dish’s best friend. Rasam rice and this might be a weird but great combo!


  • Total calories ~ 340
  • Protein ~ 24 g
  • Fat ~ 27 g
  • Carbs – None
  • Fully fat natural dairy like paneer, in addition to being rich in protein and calcium, has been associated with reduced risk of heart attack. The only reason natural full fat cheeses were demonized was because of their saturated fat content. But now that we know saturated fats aren’t harmful (and in fact healthful), there is no reason to not indulge in some amazing natural cheeses!
  • Ajwaini or carom seeds, like many other spices, is known for its anti-oxidant and its anti-microbial properties and has research proving that it provides protection to cell walls by increasing the amount of DHA in cells of the brain, kidney and heart.

Note: This got a massive thumbs up from my 9-year-old son who whined he had to eat dosa while his dad and I got to eat THIS yummy thing! Next time, I am going to try this with the marinade just on top, not all over. I want to pile it on the top layer, as with baked fish, and see how that tastes.

Until next time… toodles!

Recipe by Lavanya Donthamshetty

Original fish recipe suggested by our reader and friend Monika Manchanda. Considering you eat real food all day everyday we’re sure you have some pretty amazing recipes as well. Please email us the recipes. We’ll post it right up and of course give you credit for it!

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  • Swarna
    May 31, 2011


  • Reva
    June 1, 2011

    Looks and sounds yum! :)

  • Arunima
    July 8, 2011

    Tried this too yesterday along with the zucchini pasta and it was awesome ! This is gonna go into guest menu.

    • Lavanya
      July 18, 2011

      I am real glad you liked the dish, Arunima. How did it go with the pasta?

  • Palak Paneer
    December 6, 2011

    This is an easy to prepare dish. This is great for breakfast and snack for school or office.

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