Paneer Tikka Masala - Prakrti Blog - North Indian Cuisine
Paneer tikka masala, still might be the vegetarian cousin of chicken tikka masala. Yet cottage cheese, the ever delectable paneer to the everyday India, holds a special place in the heart, minds and palate of a million and more humble souls.
Marinated paneer in a typically spiced up gravy may be just not be enough to describe this preparation. Read ahead for the recipe.
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Paneer Tikka Masala - Recipe
- 250 grams of cottage cheese, cut into cubes
- Salt to taste
- 1” knob of ginger
- 1 tablespoon of cashew paste
- 1 tablespoon of gram flour
- 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds, soaked in water
- 8 to 10 whole peppercorns
- 1 medium sized onion, fine chopped
- 5 large cloves of garlic
- 200 grams of pureed tomato
- Cooking oil
- 1 teaspoon of whole cumin seeds
- 4 to 5 red chilies
Ingredients for Marination
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Juice of 1 lime
- 5 teaspoon cumin powder
- 5 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 5 teaspoon of chat masala
- Chopped coriander for garnish
- Fresh cream (optional)
Procedure of Preparation
- Mix together the ingredients that are listed for marination. Generously apply the marinade on the chunks of paneer, and keep aside, for up to an hour.
- Grill the paneer chunks at 200°C for about 20 minutes, or until the paneer just begin to char from the outside.
- Heat enough cooking oil in a frying pan. Add chopped onions and cook until they are tender, and begin to turn golden brown.
- Grind the cooked onions, once they have cooled down.
- Add to the grinder ginger and garlic, cashews, poppy seeds, poppy, chilies and pepper corn. Blend into an uniform mix.
- Pour sufficient oil on a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the ground mix and stir fry until the ingredients turn a rich shade of golden brown.
- Add gram flour, and let it roast for about a minute.
- Stir in curd, and let it be integrate with the other ingredients.
- Add pureed tomato, cook until it dries up.
- Add about 500ml of water. Further mix in a pinch of tandoori food color.
- Let the gravy simmer over a medium to low flame for about 15 minutes, or until the gravy attains an uniform consistency.
- Add the gravy, further simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Serve hot with an accompaniment of choice.
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