Thursday, July 21, 2011

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer is the best thing that you can have if you don't make chicken at home that often. But for this you must know different varieties to break that monotony. So I tried this Paneer Tikka Masala with Gravy.

Paneer Tikka Masala
For the gravy:
3 medium sized Onion
3 medium sized Tomatoes (Pureed)
2 Green Chilies
1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1tsp Cumin Seeds
2 Whole Red Chilies
2tbsp Oil
Water for the Consistency

For the Paneer Tikka Effect
250gms Paneer (Square shaped Cubed Paneer Pieces)
1/2 cup Onion (Cubed)
1/2 cup Capsicum (Cubed)
1/2 cup Tomato (Cubed)
21/2 tbsp Yogurt
Salt to Taste
1tsp Turmeric Powder
1tsp Cumin Powder
1tsp Coriander Powder
1tsp Red Chilly Powder
1tsp Garam Masala Powder
1tbsp Crushed Kastoori Methi
1 tbsp ghee

For the Gravy:
  • Make a paste of the onion + green chillies.
  • Puree the tomato. (refer to the recipe of tomato Puree)
  • Heat oil in a kadahi, add in cumin seeds + whole red chillies.
  • Then add in the onion paste + ginger & garlic paste.
  • Mix well. Let it cook till onions turn brown in color.
  • Then add in the pureed tomatoes. Let this cook for 20 minutes.
In the meanwhile:
For Marination:
  • Cube the Onions, Capsicum, Tomatoes and Paneer. (Refer to the above image 1)

Image 1
  • Take a bowl, add in yogurt whisk it well.
  • Then add in Salt + Turmeric Powder+ Cumin Powder + Coriander Powder + Red Chilly Powder + Kastoori Methi + Garam Masala Powder.
  • Mix all this well add little water so that the consistency is slightly thinned. 
  • (Don't forget to stir the onion and tomato paste that is cooking on the gas)
  • Then add in the cubed onions, tomatoes, capsicum, and paneer in the yoghurt.
  • Let this marinate for 15 minutes. (as seen in the image2)
Image 2 

  • Now the onion and tomato paste must be cooked. Keep it aside.
  • After this take a pan, add in ghee.
  • Then add in the marinated mixture in it. Let this cook for 10 minutes.
  • After this add in the cooked marinated mixture in the onion tomato gravy.
  • Add in enough water to get the right consistency.
  • Cover the lid of the kadahi and let the paneer cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add in cream. Mix
Serve hot with homemade phulkas or tandoori roti or naan.

Hot Phulkas served with Paneer Tikka Masala