August 3, 2011

Paneer Tikka Masala | For Blog Hop Wednesdays

Paneer Tikka Masala

I’m so glad I finally gave shape to my long time vision in the form of Blog Hop wednesdays after many hesitations and procrastination. I am so over joyed and ecstatic with my blogger friends willingness and enthusiasm for their participation. Thank you so much Gals. You are the best. So, this gave me a chance to go through my partner for this week, Prathima’s  blog completely. Our very own Prats as she is known in the blogging world. I zeroed in on making Grape Crostini which I had bookmarked when she had sent it for my Fun N Sun event


But since exams are nearing for my children, I did not want them to catch cold and fall sick and also the weather is so unreliable these days. So finally decided on this as paneer happens to my children's favorite. What a delectable collection of recipes she has got?. I’m so sure that her mother is very very proud of her daughter’s culinary skills. Also her space is not just about food alone. Check out her post on how to have a face massage at home. You will find it very informative.

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Last Sunday was Arjun’s Birthday and he was down with stomach upset and as my husband was also not in town, he was really not in the mood to celebrate. So I made Naan and this masala to boost his mood as I know he loves it very much.

When I went through Prathima’s post I was so touched by how she had made this side dish for her little sister's lunch when they were alone. That reminded me of the snacks that I used to fix for my younger brother in the evenings before Amma returned home from work. He would sit on the kitchen counter narrating the day’s happenings at school to me and cracking silly jokes while I go about the kitchen. I miss those good old days.

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Paneer Tikka Masala
You’ll need:

For the Tikkas:


Paneer, cubed
200 gms
Fresh thick curd
3 – 4 tbsp
Oil
3 – 4 tsp
Red chilli powder
2 tsp
Coriander powder
2 tsp
Cumin powder
1 tsp
Garam masala powder
1 tsp
Amchur powder
1/2 tsp
Chaat masala (optional)
1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste
1 tsp
Salt
1/2 tsp
Corn flour
4 – 5 tbsp
Red food color (optional)
2 pinch

For the Gravy:

Onion
2
Tomato
3
Ginger
1 inch piece
Garlic
4 pods
Milk
1/2 cup
Cream
1/2 cup
Cloves
2
Cinnamon
2
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Cashew nuts
8 – 10
Coriander powder
2 tsp
Red chilli powder
2 tsp
Garam masala powder
1 tsp
Kasuri methi
1/2 tsp
Salt
To taste
Butter
1 tbsp
Oil
2 tbsp



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Method:
For the Tikkas: In a bowl take the oil. Add the dry powders like red chilli, coriander, cumin, amchur, chaat and garam masala powder, red food color and salt. Whisk well to a smooth paste.

Now add the ginger garlic paste, fresh curd and the paneer cubes and mix well so that the paneer cubes are well coated. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Take out and sprinkle the corn flour all over the marinated cubes and toss lightly. Again shove it in the fridge for 15 – 20 mins.

You can shallow fry these tikka pieces in a pan. I grilled them in the oven for 15 mins turning sides in between while drizzling with little oil for them get browned over evenly. Keep aside.

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For the gravy:
Heat a pan with 1 tbsp oil. Add the cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon and sauté till the aroma arises. Now add the sliced onions, ginger and garlic, a pinch of salt and cook till the onion turns pink. Add the tomatoes and cashew nuts and cook till the tomato turns mushy. Switch off the stove and immediately add the red chilli powder and coriander powder and mix well to let them cook in the heat itself. Let it cool.

Grind to a fine paste in the mixie using little water if needed. Heat the same pan with the remaining oil and butter. Once the butter melts transfer the ground paste to the pan and salt and little water. Cook with a lid closed for about 5 – 10 mins. Check that the gravy does not stick to the bottom.

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Add the crushed kasuri methi, milk, cream and the tikkas to the gravy and cook over medium heat for a boil or till all of them merge together.

Serve hot with dollops of cream as an accompaniment with Naan, rotis or phulkas.

Do watch out for my next post on Naan.

Notes:


The marinating ingredients for the tikkas can vary. Just feel free to play around with the spices.


While marinating you can leave out the amchur powder and replace it with lemon juice.


Any method can be used to cook the tikkas. The choice is of course your own.


Adjust the spice powders to suit your taste buds.



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51 comments:

  1. Radhika, this looks absolutely mouthwatering....Perfect with some hot phulkas...Great Start..

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  2. nice presentation, looks very delicious.

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  3. Anything Paneer is my favorite and this one looks so creamy and delicious and bound to be another favorite of mine too!

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  4. wow they looks so yummy shd try it out soon..

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  5. Never tried tikka masala at home,sounds nice! Nice recipe!

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  6. Paneer Tikka masala looks awesome and tempting. I never tried it before but now I will definitely try this....

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  7. tikka masala with paneer looks yum radhika ! the dish seems a nice start to the event !

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  8. What a great initiative Radhika! This is a fantastic way for us bloggers to widen our horizons and to appreciate fellow bloggers :) Keep it going! Fantastic recipe from Prats Corner :) And I have just checked out your Peas Masala on her blog too :D looking forwad to many such collaborations...

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  9. dish is looking tempting
    nice clicks

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  10. Looks tempting dear!!!! Feel like grabbing that bowl & tasting ur version :) Thank u for ur sweet words & Good luck with this awesome venture!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  11. I love this one..probably my 1st pref in any restaurant...looks gr8 n yummmm

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  12. Looks so tempting and perfect side dish ....

    Love the colors...

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  13. Looks so yummy Radhika............Loved the pics!!!!!!!And Thanks a ton for doing this wonderful job.Happy to be a part of this event!!!!!!!!111

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  14. This looks very very restaurant style...and great job on starting this fun series!!

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  15. Your dish look mouthwatering and yummy!

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  16. Radhika looks absoultely awesome..

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  17. yum yum....now i want to eat with chapathi...looks creamy!!

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  18. I love PB masala. Looks so rich and creamy

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  19. Paneer tikka masala looks absolutely yum...

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  20. very rich and a paneer lover's dream come true!!

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  21. Looks absolutely wonderful. Very rich gravy, so yummy!

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  22. This looks very hearty and warm! Something much wanted by myself at the moment, I have just recovered from a cold and my assignments are coming down heavy!! I hope your family doesn't get bogged down, I'm sure this meal will help!

    Thanks for stumbling over my blog!! I'm always happy to have new followers! I'm glad that you are learning from my sucesses and mistakes in cooking! I hope to see you around again soon!

    Cheers,
    Yas
    www.tickle-your-tastebuds.blogspot.com

    By the way, sorry I'm posting as anonymous but my computer is mucking around at the moment and I can't comment otherwise!

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  23. Dear Radhika
    More I read your recipes more I am amazed, the way you detail, simply great !!. That dusting with corn flour , or flour is the key ! It seals the pores so nicely to keep it juicy...I like the gravy too.
    Have a great mid-week

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  24. looks so tempting and delicious curry !!!superb presentation !!

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  25. though i have tasted this in restaurents, i have never attempted this on my own. very interesting recipe

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  26. Paneer tikkas are just awesome.Have bookmarked and will surely try it.New to ur space and i just luv ur blog.Happy to follow you.

    http://sabdhaskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  27. so delicious looking masala...drool worthy recipe....very nice presentation!!!

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  28. This looks wonderful...and the presentation is great...

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  29. One of most fav way to cook n eat paneer ~ love your version here :)
    Us Masala

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  30. yummy looking flavourful paneer looks wonderful

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  31. Yummy paneer.....
    savitharajsspiceland.blogspot.com

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  32. Yum, absolutely love your pics. Great concept and great beginning :)

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  33. Lovely recipe...looks mouthwatering:)

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  34. i always love paneer and this is one dish im planning to cook soon..looks yummy :-)

    Ramya
    Ongoing event: Fusion Food: Pasta

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  35. This is the perfect classic side dish for rotis. Superb and thanx for the Blog Hop.Im enjoying it.

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  36. radhika...this so yummy...wanna eat it rightaway :)

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  37. your paneer subzi is looking very yummy, beautiful clicks too...

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  38. lovely recipe... and thanx radhika for making this event happen.. kudos to you for putting it together... :)

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  39. Looks delicious ....I do just a little different way ...

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  40. Hey girl! Absolutely loved ur idea of blog hopping. So creative and interactive. I would also want to join. Will send u a mail soon. Paneer tikka masala is tickling my palates, true to the name :-)

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  41. oh wow!!! that looks awesome.so perfect and delicious!!

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  42. Woww..this is so mouthwatering.. gosh I need some chappathis now!!! :D Yummy..

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  43. That's one tempting paneer tikka masala you have made.

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  44. great looking paneer tikka masala and thank for taking the effort to organize the whole thing


    WWC - Oats in baking

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  45. WOW! This looks gorgeous and equally delicious. Paneer Tikka Masala best works with Garlic Naan and Plain better naan..... OMG I'm way too hungry now

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