Friday, April 9, 2010

How to Make Paneer Tikka Masala

I should have made this post a week ago, but i could not manage to sit and write, as the Summer is So So Hot here in Chennai. Only if i post this Paneer Tikka Masala, my mind would think of Cooking or Making other post. So Here Iam with that Compulsion. There are two inspirations for me to try Paneer Tikka Masala. One. I read a recipe for PTM(Paneer Tikka Masala) in Aval Vikatan and Two. Bharathy's Paneer Tikka Pizza caught my eye. I mixed the both recipe's as far as i can and brought a Perfect Recipe for PTM. Paneer Tikka's tasted so Good as such than in the Gravy. so this is certainly a Keeper Recipe for Paneer Tikka's.

Paneer Tikka Masala
Paneer Tikka Masala Gravy

Paneer Tikka Recipe[Recipe for 2 or 3 adults.]

Tikka is referred to the pieces of Food, that is marinated with Curd and cooked.

Ingredients for Paneer Tikka:

Paneer - 200gms
Thick Curd - 7 tbsp's
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 and half spoon's
Kashmiri Chilli Powder - 1 spoon
Garam Masala - 1/4 spoon
Salt to Taste.


1. You need to have Thick Curd to prepare these Tikka's. So  Drain the Curd / Yogurt in a muslin cloth or cotton cloth for about 2 hrs atleast.
 But what i did is, i drained the water content in curd and squeezed the curd on cotton cloth furthur to drain it completely. as a end result, i got a very thick curd, i spooned out the cotton cloth to get the thick Curd.

2. Cut the Paneer into strip's or cubes.
Mix the thick Curd, Ginger Garlic Paste, Chilli Powder, Garam Masala and Salt to taste together. add Paneer Cubes to the masala's mixed and mix well, so that all the paneer cubes are well coated with the Masala.

3. Refrigerate the Marinating Paneer with the Masala's for 3 hours. Marinating Overnight is also welcome.

4. If you have a Oven, Arrange the Paneer Strip's in a Greased Foil sheet. Pre-Heat the oven and Grill / Broil the Marinated Paneer for 10 - 15 minutes at 500F /  250C. till the Paneer turn into Golden Colour.

5. To Prepare in the Tava / Dosa Kal, Heat the Tava and arrange the Marinated Paneer Cubes(5 to 7) for a shift and roast the Paneer in medium Heat. add oil on side's of the Paneer and turn upside down, to roast the other side too.

If you want to Grill the Paneer Tikka's in a skewer, with Capsicum, Onion and Tomato. Insert a Paneer Cube, a small onion, a tomato piece, a capsicum and a Paneer cube. Follow the order and grill at the above specified temperature.

Now Paneer Tikka's are Ready.

Paneer Tikka and Pizza Toppings

Paneer Tikka's from the Oven, arranged Paneer Tikka's for Pizza Toppings

Ingredients for Paneer Tikka Masala Gravy:

  One Onion
  Three Tomatoes
  One Green Chilli
  Oil - 2 spoons
  Cashews - 15 no.
  Chilli Powder - 2 spoon's ( as cashews reduce the spice, check and add chilli powder, to suit ur taste)
  Garam Masala - 1/ 4 tsp
  Chopped Corriander Leaves - 2 tbsp's ( To Garnish)


Heat Oil in a Pan. Add a diced Onion and saute it, till it turns translucent. add chopped Tomatoes and Green Chilli. saute them for 2 - 3 minutes. add the Cashews, the Chilli Powder, Garam Masala and salt to taste.Let them all get mix well. Cool them down and Grind into a Fine Paste with little water added.

 Heat the Pan and add the Grounded paste and let it Boil. add the Grilled Paneer cube's to the masala, just before serving and Serve with Chapathi's or Vegetable Pulao.

I Prepared Paneer Tikka Masala Pizza for Indian Flavoured Pizza's. I applied oil on both sides of the pizza base and spreaded the gravy of Paneer Tikka Masala over the base. then arranged the grilled Paneer Tikka's over the Gravy on base. arranged few capsicum slices and added mozarella cheese to the toppings. and baked the pizza at 200C for 15 minutes.

Have a Look at the Paneer Tikka Pizza..

Paneer Tikka Pizza
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