mearl223 On September - 18 - 2011

Paneer Tikka Masala

This is a common dish at most Indian buffets here in the US & all the non-Indian people I intro Indian buffets to here, always ask me how its made, cuz y’all know how DeLiCiOus it is!



PrepTime 20-60mins – Serves 5 – CookTime 20mins.


Ingredients :

500 gm. Paneer Indian cheese squares

For the Marinade:
1 cup full-fat yoghurt
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp paprika powder (for further spice. Optional)
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/4 tsp red-orange food color
Salt according to taste

For the gravy:
1-2 tbsp oil
1 medium onion – finely sliced
1 small green capsicum/ bellpepper – finely sliced
1-2 cloves garlic – crushed
1/2″ ginger piece – grated
1 medium tomato, cut into small wedges
1/4 cup tomato puree
1/2 cup beaten fresh cooking cream or sour cream
salt to taste

Cooking Instructions:

1. Make a paste of all the marinade ingredients & soak the paneer in it for a few hours or overnight in the fridge.
2. Bake paneer cubes in a 200-deg preheated oven for 8-10 mins on each side or just fry them with oil in a kadai or frying pan.
3. Heat oil in a non-stick wok & fry onions till pink.
4. Add ginger and garlic & fry until cooked.
5. Add Tomatoes and tomato paste and fry 3 mins on medium heat.
6. Add the paneer along with all the marinade, toss around to evenly coat the pieces & fry gently.
7. Add beaten cream while stirring constantly but gently, minding the paneer pieces.
8. Adjust spices and salt & simmer for 2 minutes, open.
9. Serve hot with Nan and Plain Pulao Rice.

Tip: For making this dish as a starter, add 1/4 tsp crushed ajwain to the marinade & stop at the baking/frying  step above. Set them an paper towels to drain off the excess oil & serve with a chutney or sauce of your choice.

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