Tandoori Paneer Recipe

Tandoori Paneer Recipe

Tandoori Paneer Recipe

  • Makes:
  • Ready In: 43 mins
  • Prep Time: 10-15 mins
  • Cook Time: 33-35 mins

Ready to try your hand at Indian cooking? Our version of Tandoori Paneer is mild enough for your baby, and she’ll love the taste of this Indian cheese, with its trademark lemon zing. You should be able to find Paneer at your grocery store or specialty market. This satisfying meal will warm baby’s tummy on a chilly fall or winter day.

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 207
  • Fat: 13g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Sodium: 407mg
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg


  1. 1 cup brown basmati rice
    3 cups water
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon turmeric
    2 teaspoon garam masala
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    fresh ground pepper to taste
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 pound paneer cheese, diced
    1 tablespoon lemon juice (1/2 of a lemon)
    1 cup cauliflower florets, steamed
    3/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt


    1. Rinse rice in three changes of water.
    2. Bring water to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 minutes.
    3. Also steam cauliflower in a separate pot until fork tender (approx. 10 minutes)
    4. In a bowl, combine cinnamon, turmeric, garam masala, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix until combined.
    5. Add in paneer and lemon juice and mix together gently. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
    6. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium heat.
    7. Add paneer mixture and stir. Saute for 3-5 minutes, stirring often.
    8. In a large bowl, mix together cooked rice, cooked paneer, cooked cauliflower and yogurt.
    9. For younger babies, puree in a food processor to desired consistency.
Shane Valentine

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Shane Valentine is an author The Baby Cuisine Cookbook, speaker, chef instructor for Whole Foods Market, activist and father of 3 An Ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, American Heart Association 2020 Task Force and Marin County Child Care Commissioner.


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  • Morris

    Sounds yummy for babies and their parents. I started giving my oldest (now 3) curry at 7 months and cayenne...yes cayenne, but started with a tiny pinch and slowly raised the amount as he got used to it. Some friends thought I was crazy but he never complained or had any bad reactions and now he eats medium spicy meals with mom and dad while his friends can't handle even garlic! I will make this soon for my youngest who has started eating solids.