Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer tikka masala is a vegetarain’s delight. It is a gourmet dish which is very simple to make. Here is a very delicious, spicy, tempting paneer recipe. All ingredients are available in home. Paneer can be bought from any Indian store.

Paneer – ½ lb (Cut into cubes)
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Bay leaves – 1-2nos
Dried fenugreek leaves – a pinch
Cumin powder – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Chilly powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – ¾ tsp
Garam masala – 1tsp
Curry leaves – a few
Finely chopped cilantro
Oil – 3tsp
Butter – ½ tsp
Salt to taste

For grinding
Sliced tomato – 1cup
Green chilies – 2nos

For marinating
Curd – 2 ½ tsp
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Chilly powder – 1tsp
Coriander powder - ½ tsp
Ginger paste – 1tsp
Salt to taste

How to prepare
=►Mix together curd, turmeric (¼), chilly (1), coriander (½), garam masala and ginger in a bowl.
=►Marinate paneer cubes with above mixture. Cover it and leave to marinate for an hour in refrigerator.
=►Blend tomato and green chilies to make a puree and keep it aside.
=►Heat 2tsp of oil in a frying pan put paneer into it and fry it till the paneer gets light brown (2-3min).
=►Take out paneer from the pan and keep it aside.
=► Use the same pan for making gravy. Add 1tsp of oil into the pan.
=►Put cumin seeds and when it cracks add curry leaves, bay leaves into it and sautĂ© it well.
=►Add tomatos puree (grinded mixture) and mix it well.
=►When it is boiling add fenugreek leaves, turmeric, chilly (1), coriander (3/4), cumin powder,salt and garam masala into it.
=►Allow it cook for 3-4 min on medium flame. Add fried paneer into it.
=►Mix it properly and cook for 3-4 min.Add butter and switch off the flame.
=►Garnish it with chopped cilantro leaves.

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