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Paneer Tikka Masala

a dinner recipe
ingredients
FOR THE MARINADE:
250 g panner
1 medium red onion
2 peppers (green and/or colored)
⅓ cup yogurt (Greek)
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp garam masala
½ tsp Kashmiri red chili powder or smoked paprika
1½ tsp chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
FOR THE CURRY:
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
½ tsp cumin seeds
1 Indian bay leaf
1 inch cinnamon stick
1 medium white onion
2-3 tomatoes
3-4 garlic cloves
1 inch ginger
½ Kashmiri red chili powder or smoked paprika
½ tsp chili powder
Salt to taste
Cilantro for garnish
Paneer Tikka Masala
a dinner recipe
I'm Jayalakshmi Rangarajan, a software engineer by profession and a food photographer by passion. I'm currently based out of Memphis, Tennessee. A winner of 16 international food photography awards, I enjoy styling and photographing food and produce. I've worked with leading brands to create images and videos that convey a food story. Check out my Instagram handle at @jayalakshmi.rangarajan.
a little bit about the recipe
Paneer Tikka Masala a popular Indian curry made with paneer (Indian cottage cheese), onions, and peppers.
There are 2 parts to this recipe- The tikka part where paneer, onions, and peppers are marinated with yogurt and spices and then grilled/pan fried.
The other part is the curry made with onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and spices. The tikka is then simmered in the curry.
Served with Naan/Jeera (Cumin) rice.
TIME (ACTIVE) | 30 M
TIME (INACTIVE) | 30 M
TOTAL | 1 H
2 SERVINGS
directions
    For the Tikka:
  • To a mixing bowl, add yogurt and all the ingredients listed under 'marinade'. Whisk together until combined well.

  • To the yogurt mix, add paneer (cubed), onion (cubed and separated into petals) and peppers (cubed).

  • Mix gently until the paneer and vegetables are well coated with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • This mix can be either grilled or pan fried.

  • For the cooktop method, add a little oil to a pan, add the marinade, flip and cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes or until golden. Do not overcook, as the paneer would turn hard.

  • For grilling in oven, bake in a preheated oven at 430°F or 220°C for 8 to 10 minutes.



    For the curry:
  • Heat oil and butter in a pan on medium heat. Once hot, add Indian bay leaf, cumin seeds and the cinnamon stick.

  • Once the seeds sizzle,add roughly cubed onion, garlic cloves and ginger.

  • Stir and cook until onions turn light golden brown in color.

  • Then add 3 large tomatoes (roughly cubed) along with chilli powder.

  • Add salt as needed.

  • Stir and cook the tomatoes until soft and completely cooked.

  • Once the tomatoes are completely cooked, remove the pan from heat. Let it cool down. Once cooled, transfer to a blender and blend to a fine paste.

  • Now put the pan back on medium heat. Add a little butter to it. Add Kashmiri red chili powder (This step adds a good color to the curry).

  • Now add the pureed curry to it. Add 1 cup water (or more depending on the gravy consistency required). Mix and let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

  • Add the roasted paneer, onions and peppers into the curry.

  • Mix well and let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Adjust salt as needed.

  • Garnish with cilantro and serve paneer tikka masala with naan or rice.

tips
  • The Tikka masala goes well with a side of Butter/Garlic/Plain Naan or Plain Basmati rice/Jeera (Cumin) rice.

  • Paneer can be replaced with Chicken or Tofu.

  • The gravy can be prepared ahead and refrigerated. Stays good upto a week when refrigerated. Paneer and veggies can be added and simmered whenever needed.
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