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dry paneer recipe in oven

Baked Masala Paneer - Dry Spiced Masala Paneer

This dry paneer masala recipe makes an easy, yummy side dish with rice for lunch or dinner, or you can enjoy it as a snack.
If you want to add any other spices, instead of the ones I tried, feel free to try it so you can enjoy new flavors.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword masala paneer, paneer recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 324kcal


  • 14 oz paneer sliced into medium even sized cubes
  • salt as needed
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Spice Powders

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or black pepper powder, adjust to your preference
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder or curry powder (optional)


  • Transfer the sliced paneer into a large bowl.
  • Add the salt and spices, mix everything gently to coat with the paneer cubes.
  • Add the lemon juice and oil, gently mix with the paneer cubes to coat all the paneer without crumbling them.
  • Let it sit and marinate for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Line a baking sheet (like a large cookie sheet) with aluminium foil or non slip silicon mat and layer the paneer cubes in a single layer (discard any oil or water residue from the bowl, just use the marinated paneer cubes).
  • Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes or until the paneer cubes are nicely roasted in the masala & other spices. Serve as a dry paneer side dish with rice for lunch or dinner or enjoy it as a snack!


You can add your own favorite spices and experiment with flavors as you like.
You can also sprinkle the roasted masala paneer with dry oregano powder or black pepper powder for extra flavor, just before serving.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 479mg | Iron: 1mg