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Baked Paneer With Spicy Tomato Garlic Sauce

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Baked Paneer is really good! Try this.

Today I experimented with some paneer cheese I had on hand and this is what I made. The baked paneer goes really well with the spicy tomato and garlic sauce.


Baked Paneer

So easy and delicious too.

About this recipe.

This is a really easy way to prepare paneer. Paneer doesn’t have a lot of flavour on its own but when teamed with this simple spicy sauce it is delicious. I like to serve this baked paneer  over a little rice or wrap the hot paneer and sauce into warmed naans or chapattis.

If you really want this to taste like an Indian dish, try sprinkling dried fenugreek leaves over the top with some dried chilli flakes. This time, I decided to use up some dried oregano and thyme I had from my garden and it was so good!

Can you work ahead?

Yes. You can prepare the sauce a couple of days ahead of time. Then just divide it between a few serving bowls and bake it. Baked paneer is one you can get totally ready before heating up and serving.

If you do decide to make your baked paneer a couple of days ahead of serving, the flavour of the sauce will develop and it will be even better.

How long can you keep baked paneer in the fridge?

I recommend storing it in the fridge before baking. It’s just better that way.

That said, you could heat up any leftover in the oven up to three days after serving.

Can you freeze baked paneer?

You could but I don’t recommend doing so. Paneer, like all dairy products does not freeze well and the texture will change.

If you like this recipe try these other similar recipes

Chilli Paneer
Tomato and Paneer Dosa
Paneer Kebab
Paneer Masala Balti


Making baked paneer

Start by frying the slivered garlic in a little oil until lightly browned.

Making baked paneer

Pour in the chopped tomatoes and chilli powder to taste.

Making baked paneer

Pour the tomato sauce into the bottom of one or two oven proof dishes. Set the sliced paneer and tomatoes on top.

Making baked paneer

After 30 to 40 minutes, your panner will be browned on the exterior and soft inside.

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Yield: 4

Baked Paneer With Spicy Tomato Garlic Sauce

Baked Paneer With Spicy Tomato Garlic Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic - finely sliced
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder (more or less to taste)
  • 200g paneer - plain or marinated for 20 minutes in oil, garlic and chilli
  • 2 large tomatoes - sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200c (400f)
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
  3. When visibly hot, toss in the garlic slivers and sauté until lightly browned.
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and chilli powder to tastes and simmer for five minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour the chopped tomatoes into one or two oven proof dishes and arrange the paneer and tomatoes as shown on top of the tomato sauce. Sprinkle the oregano and thyme over the top.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the exterior of the paneer is browned in the cheese is soft inside.
  7. Sprinkle with the dried chilli chilli flakes to serve.

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Kritika Magima

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Amazing dish , tasty and simple to cook

Dan Toombs

Saturday 12th of December 2020

Good to hear, thanks very much. Dan


Friday 7th of February 2020

Fantastic recipe thank you very much.

Dan Toombs

Monday 10th of February 2020

Thank you Soraya. :-)


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