Paneer Tikka Masala by Tarla Dalal
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Cottage cheese transforms into a tongue-tickling treat when marinated in spice powders and cooked crisp along with other yummy ingredients like capsicum and onions. This, the all-time favourite Paneer Tikka, tastes awesome whether it is had plain or in a masaledar gravy as shown in this recipe. A selection of whole spices and spice powders along with tomato pulp and cream give the gravy an intense flavour and lusciously creamy mouth-feel, which complement the crispy and tasty paneer cubes. The Paneer Tikka Masala is a fantastic dish to enjoy with Whole Wheat Coriander and Sesame Seeds Naan.
Recipe Description for Paneer Tikka Masala
- Combine the besan, curds, chaat masala, garam masala, ginger paste, garlic paste, chilli powder, oil and salt in a deep bowl and mix well using a whisk.
- Add the paneer, capsicum and onions and toss gently till they are evenly coated from all the sides.
- Thread a piece of paneer cube followed by 2 capsicum and 2 onion cubes alternatively. Again thread another piece of paneer cube followed by 2 capsicum and 2 onion cubes alternatively and finally thread a paneer cube on a skewer or a long tooth pick.
- Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more tikkas.
- Grease a non-stick tava (griddle) with oil, place the prepared tikkas over it and cook them on a medium flame, using oil till they turn golden brown in colour from all the sides.
- Repeat step 5 to cook the remaining 2 paneer tikkas in one more batch. Keep aside.
- Combine the cornflour and 1 cup of water in a deep bowl, mix well and keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a deep non-stick kadhai, add the cinnamon, cloves, garlic paste and ginger paste and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
- Add the onion paste and salt and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the fresh tomato pulp, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder, fresh cream, coriander and cornflour-water mixture, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Just before serving, re-heat the gravy and slide the paneer tikkas from the skewers into the gravy. Mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Serve immediately.
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