Paneer Tikka Masala is a typical North Indian dish of paneer. Alike other dishes this dish is the example of man’s ingenuity. The chefs have spent so much time in creating new dishes. All the dishes of Paneer are quite savory and high in demand. In vegetarian dishes paneer dishes are most widely accepted and demanded worldwide. In this paneer is first marinated in a thick yogurt sauce and then cooked in oven or tandoor before the vegetables and paneer are folded in a thick and rich gravy. Ingredients: For the Tikkas: 1. Paneer cut in 1 inch cubes 2 cups 2. Sweet pepper cut in square pieces 1 3. Onion, cut in squares 1 4. Tomato, deseed and cut in squares 1 5. Thick yogurt ½ cup 6. Red chili powder 2 tsp 7. Turmeric powder ½ tsp 8. Ginger paste 1 tsp 9. Garlic paste ½ tsp 10. Dried fenugreek leaves 1 tsp 11. Garam masala ½ tsp 12. Tandoori masala 1 tsp 13. Juice of lime 1 TBS 14. Salt to taste 15. Cilantro, finely chopped For the Gravy: 1. Tomato puree 2-3 cups 2. Onion finely chopped 1 3. Garlic and ginger paste 2 tsp 4. Tandoori masala 2 tsp 5. Red Chili powder 2 tsp 6. Cashewnut paste 2-3Tbs 7. Sugar 1 tsp 8. Salt to taste 9. Butter 2 tbsp 10. Cream ½ cup 11. Chopped cilantro for garnishing Methodology: For the Tikkas: 1. Combine all ingredients for the tikkas from yogurt onwards except vegetables and mix well. 2. Then add the vegetables pieces and paneer, and mix well till all the pieces are covered with the marination sauce. 3. Leave it for 4-5 hours, preferably overnight. Keep it in the fridge to avoid contamination. 4. When ready, preheat the oven or the grill. In the meantime, arrange the marinated vegetables and paneer on a skewer. 5. Cook over charcoal or in the oven until some brown spot appear. Do not overcook. For the Gravy: 1. Heat butter in a pan. Add the onions and garlic paste and sauté for 3-4 minutes. 2. Add the tomato puree and cook until oil separates it may take approximately 4-5 minutes on a medium-slow flame. Here you have to use your discretion experience and intuition. 3. Add the tandoori masala, salt, sugar, red chili powder, cashew nut paste and cream. Mix well. And cook on low heat. 4. Remove from fire and blend to make smooth gravy. Serving: 1. Before serving boil the gravy 2. Gently fold in the grilled paneer and vegetable pieces and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. 3. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with rice, Naan, or parathas. Other Ideas: 1. In this recipe Paneer can be replaced with any vegetable like cauliflower or chicken or lamb or fish. The cooking time for different items will differ. 2. Paneer Tikka can be served without the gravy as barbeque snacks as well. Sprinkle some chaat masala on it and serve with green chutney.
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