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Paneer With Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce

['6 scallions, thinly sliced', '1 (1") piece ginger, scrubbed, cut into matchsticks', '2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced', '1 tsp. coriander seeds', '1 tsp. cumin seeds', '½ tsp. black mustard seeds', '½ tsp. Kashmiri chile powder or ¼ tsp. cayenne powder', '¼ tsp. ground turmeric', '3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided', '8 oz. paneer, sliced into (¼"-thick) planks, patted dry', 'Kosher salt', '12 oz. cherry tomatoes (about 2 cups)', '4 oz. sugar snap peas (about 1 cup), strings removed, halved on a diagonal if large', 'Pinch of sugar (optional)', '½ cup (lightly packed) mint leaves', 'Cooked rice (for serving)']

Toss scallions, ginger, and garlic in a medium bowl to combine. Using a mortar and pestle or the side of a chef’s knife, coarsely crush coriander seeds and add to vegetables along with cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, chile powder and turmeric; set aside.
Heat 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Arrange paneer in a single layer in pan and cook until golden brown underneath, about 1 minute. (If paneer is sticking, just give cheese a little more time to brown. It will release from pan once it is sufficiently crisped.) Using a slotted spatula or spoon, transfer paneer to a plate, leaving as much oil behind in pan as possible. Turn browned side up and season generously with salt.
Reduce heat to medium and add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to same skillet. Cook reserved scallion mixture, stirring often, until scallions are wilted and mustard seeds begin to pop, about 2 minutes.
Add tomatoes, sugar snap peas, and 1 cup water to skillet and season with salt. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Gently smash each tomato open with a spatula (you just want to break them open a little) and simmer until tomato juices thicken slightly, about 3 minutes (it should still be pretty brothy and light). Taste sauce and add more salt if needed. If your tomatoes aren’t super sweet, you may need to add a pinch of sugar at this point to balance their acidity. Add paneer back to pan and simmer until warmed through.
Remove pan from heat and toss in mint. Serve with cooked rice.

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