Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Paneer Tikka Masala

Heat beats heat or so it seems...  With many visiting and week end meet ups, I've been chilling myself in the hot kitchen ;) Now, time to catch up with my blog. Yesterday's preparation in my kitchen : Paneer Tikka Masala, Dhal Makhani, Peas pulao, and rotis with some yumm ice creams.

Paneer (Cottage Cheese / Cheese) is a regular when we plan for a vegetarian platter (exceptions overruled;). Recent times I tried Paneer Butter Masala and Paneer Tikka Masala. Quick to cook, adaptable to tastes, paneer can be given any tasty shape you want to. Here you go with Tikka Masala.


  • Paneer : 200-250 gm
  • Ginger Garlic Paste: 2 tspn
  • Green Capsicum: 1 medium
  • Big Onion: 2 small or 1 medium
  • Tomato: 1 medium 
  • Green Chillie: 1-2 (as spicy as you like)
  • Curd : 2 tbsp (as tangy as you like)
  • Oil: 4-5 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1 tspn
  • Turmeric powder: 1 tspn
  • Coriander powder: 1-1.5 tspn
  • Chillie powder: 2 tspn (as spicy as you like). I added 0.5 tspn of Kashmiri Chilli powder 
  • Pepper powder: 1 tspn
  • Soya Sauce: 1 tspn
  • Garam Masala: 1/2 tspn 
  • Kasoori Methi: 1-2 pinch
  • Salt: To Taste
  • Coriander Leaves: For Garnishing


    Steps to marinate paneer:
    • Cut paneer into cubes or rectangles
    • In a bowl, add a tspn of ginger garlic paste. To this add, 1 tspn of Chili powder, 1 tspn of pepper, 1 tspn of coriander powder, 2 tbspn of curd (or as tangy as you like), salt. Mix and allow it to rest in the fridge for 1 hour
    Steps to make paneer tikka masala:
    • In a small kadai or tawa, add 1-2 tspn of oil. As it heats up, place the paneer cubes and roast them to deep red / brown both sides. I did it in small batches
    • In a kadai, add 1-2 tspn of oil. As it heats up, add cumin seeds. As they splutter, add onion along with the remaining ginger-garlic paste. Sprinkle a little of salt and allow the onion to cook till red.
    • To this add the sliced green capsicum and saute it.
    • Grind tomatoes with chillie to a smooth paste and add the same to the onion/capsicum mix. Add a bit of water, and allow it to cook for a few seconds with covered lid.
    • To the above mix, add the powders: turmeric, coriander, chillie (including kashmiri chillie), garam masala, salt (per taste) and add some more water. Allow it to cook for a minute or two.
    • Then add the fried paneer cubes to it. Saute it well. I added a tspn of soya sauce to it.
    • Garnish with kasoori methi and coriander. Stir and remove from fire.
    Serve it hot with hot rotis / chappatis / paranthas or just as a starter.