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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Paneer Tikka Masala

What is your favorite Paneer dish? Most Desis will answer "It is Paneer Tikka Masala". You'll find this globally popular Punjabi dish mostly at parties, get-togethers, family dinners, or indian restaurants.

This is my version of one of very popular dish in Blogsphere, which is very similar to other recipes, tried, tested, and loved many times.

Only thing I would like to recommend is to use hung or extra thick yogurt with pinch of sugar in marinade, which will evenly coat paneer, and you'll get a nice spicy golden brown layer outside paneer pieces.


-- For Tikkas

  • 1 pack Paneer, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup Hung Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin-Coriander Powder
  • 1-2 Pinches of Sugar
  • Salt to taste

-- For Masala

  • 1/4 cup Cashew Nuts
  • 1/4 cup Magajtari (Watermelon Seeds)
  • 1/8 cup Milk
  • 1 Onion, paste
  • 2 Big Tomatoes, pureed
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1-1/2 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 2 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Hot Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Royal Garam Masala (I used Everest)
  • 1 tbsp Dhania-Jeera Powder
  • 1 tsp Kasoori Methi
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/8 cup Cream
  • 1-1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste


-- For Tikkas

1. In large bowl, mix yogurt, garlic, ginger, red chili, paprika, cumin-coriander powder, sugar, and salt. Add paneer and mix very well.

2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven on 365 degree. Spread marinated paneer on greased aluminum foil, cover with another foil.

4. Bake them for 20-25 minutes. Take out covered foil. Broil them after 25 minutes until top turn little brown.

-- For Masala

1. Soak cashews and magajtari in milk for an hour. After that make paste out of it.

2. Heat oil in pan, saute onion paste with ginger, and garlic for 3-4 minutes.

3. Add tomato paste, tomato puree, cashew paste, red chili powder, cumin-coriander powder, and salt.

4. Mix well and cover pan with lid. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until onion and tomatoes are done on medium-law heat.

5. Add water, garam masala, kasoori methi, paneer tikkas, and cream. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

6. Add chopped cilantro, and serve hot.



Smitha said...

I made chicken Tikka masala y'day but my fav is always paneer tikka masala....looks yummy!

Priya said...

I can have this paneer tikka masala everyday..inviting!

aipi said...

My fav it with butterry garlic naan YUM!!:)

US Masala

Umm Mymoonah said...

Delicious side dish, perfect with roti's.

Swathi said...

Paneer tikka masala looks delicious.

Preety said...

Paneer is my fav and i love anything that has paneer in it:) your recipe

Cham said...

Not great fan of paneer though i love cheese :) This tikka is a great party food!

Gayathri Kumar said...

Wow! The masala is so inviting..

Pari said...

Madhavi, I just need some Naan to go with this and I will be completely happy. The curry sounds rich with all the cashew and magaz going into it but once in a while we need royal treats.


Laavanya said...

We always end up eating these as tikkas - the gravy sounds creamy and delicious.

Shanthi said...

Lovely a creamy recipe.

Pavithra said...

Wow I too love this..looks absolutely yumm..

Gulmohar said...

An all time fav and loving the color of your gravy :-)

Priya said...

The curry looks delicious, its lunch time here & I wish I could have some of it right now :)
Paneer tikka masala must also be the most poorly made dish at the restaurants, drowning in cream and what not.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Love paneer in any form... Yours looks so delicious..!

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks so tempting, absolutely delicious.

Now Serving said...

From the picture, I can tell this was a runaway hit - Looks simply lip-smacking good :)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious combination following your lovely site


Looks super yum,love the recipe!

Priya's Feast said...

Nice recipes..following you..

Sarah Naveen said...

perfect and yummy!!

Panchpakwan said...

Looks delicious paneer tikaka masala..

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks Yummy!

Chitra said...

hmmm. yummy...

Radhika said...

Thank u for stopping by my blog. I was searching for a recipe of panner tikka masala and got to know yours. thank u for sharing this recipe which is bookmarked to try out. Glad to follow you.

aqua83in said...

Looks so delicious. Madhavi, I wanted to know if is it necessary to add the watermelon seeds?? Can this be made without the seeds? TIA.

Aashy kethi said...

Looks great. I also made one like this with cashews only.