Wednesday, June 18, 2008

PANEER TIKKA MASALA


This recipe is from the first day of my menu. My husband loves paneer, so each time I make a different variety of it. Back in India, the choices for paneer dishes are endless, but the "tikka", or grilled paneer, takes the cake. specially in north India, where the paneer is barbecued, on skewers, inside hot tandoors. the charred flavour, along with all the spices, simply makes the whole dish irresistible, (even for a lot of non-vegetarians).

we don't have a grill, or a barbecue at home, so I sometimes make it in the oven, but it just doesn't taste the same. this time however, all my basic preparation was same, the only change was, that I sauteed it all in a pan.

It tastes really yummy. we had it with regular chapatis, but one can have it with flavoured naans, or make it a stuffing for khattis rolls etc.

This recipe will be my entry to Eat healthy- protein rich contest, hosted by sangeeth of art of cooking indian food.





here is the recipe.
you will need
for the marinade
  • curd- 1 cup
  • cream- 1/2 cup
  • ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
  • green chillies chopped- 1 tsp
  • red chilly power- 1/2 tsp
  • haldi powder- 1/2 tsp
  • sugar- 1/4th tsp
  • amchoor powder (dry mango powder)- 1/4th tsp
  • garam masala powder- 1 tsp
  • shahi paneer masala (optional)- 1 tsp.
  • dry kasoori meethi- 1 tbsp
  • salt - to taste
  • paneer (cut into squares)- 500 gms
  • green bell peppers (cut into squares)- 2
  • onions (cut into squares)- 1 big
  • tomato (cut into squares)- 2
  • oil
  • cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
You have to
  1. in a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the marinade. check for salt. adjust seasoning.
  2. add all the cut vegetables along with the paneer to the marinade.
  3. cover and refrigerate. this can be done overnight too. give it at least 3 hours to marinade.
  4. heat oil in a pan.
  5. add the cumin seeds.
  6. add the entire marinated paneer, along with the marinade to the pan.
  7. cook covered for ten to fifteen mins,till bell peppers soften.
  8. cook uncovered till the gravy begins to dry.
  9. adjust seasoning.
  10. empty out contents in a bowl.
  11. serve hot with paranthas, naans, kulchas.

note: this made four servings of paneer,approximately one cup.

the approximate protein content of this dish, per serving would be close to 30 gms. (taking into consideration the use of curd and cream.) this is completely an approximate value.

if you have a grill or barbe que, skewer the paneer and the veggies, and grill them.

an excellent snack.
enjoy












9 comments:

Andhra Flavors said...

paneer tikka masala really looks sooo.. delicious. it looks so great with capsicum.

Trupti said...

paneer tikka masala..wow looks so yummy. I love this dish

Sangeeth said...

lovely entry..thanks for sending this to eat healthy.....

Uma said...

delicious paneer tikka masala. nice entry.

Cham said...

Looks yum the paneer tikka :)

SMN said...

Im not a Paneer fan but this is my fav

shriya said...

panner tikka masala looks mouthwatering. Nice recipe. Bookmarked it.

skribles said...

yummy paneer tikka masala!

karuna said...

thanks everyone for checking out the recipe. do let me knw, if anyone happens to try it out.