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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Easy Paneer Tikka Masala (Dry / Gravy)

By Meghana Komarla

Paneer marinated in a variety of spices.

Usually tikka's are done in Tandoori however my version is done on stove top. I promise you guys, this recipe makes you feel so proud and happy. This is so healthy your gonna enjoy every bite of it ;)
Here this recipe has two versions, one you can serve it as an appetizer and second gravy. So you can decide how you want it.

Serves 4
Category - Lunch / Dinner

Paneer - 400g (1/2 inch thick cubes)
Oil - 1tsp + 5tsp
Butter – 5tbsp
Onion - 1 (Finely chopped)
Tomato - 1 (Finely chopped)
Green Pepper / Capsicum - 25g (Finely chopped) Totally optional
Coriander / Cilantro - 2tsp (Finely chopped)

Ground the following to paste -
Plain Yogurt - 4tbsp
Lime juice / Amchoor(Dry mango powder) - 1/2 to 3/4tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/4tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
Garam Masala Powder - 1tsp
Tandoori Powder - 4tsp (Available in Indian Stores)
Garlic - 6 pods
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Pepper Corn - 1
Green chilli - 1
Salt to taste

For this recipe you will also need Skewers. Make sure these skewers are comfortable to work on stove top.

Keep aside about 2tbsp of the paste separately, we will use this for the gravy.
In a medium mixing bowl combine the Paneer pieces along with the ground paste. Keep the covered bowl in the refrigerator for 20 to 30mins.

Drizzle 1tsp oil over the Paneer mixture just before you cook. Put the Paneer onto the skewer and cook on the stove top, cook all the sides evenly. Let the flame be on high.

You can stop at this point and can serve as an appetizer.  Serve with Tikka Chutney.
For the gravy -
In a wok heat the oil and butter, add the onions, saute till transparent. Then add the green peppers saute for 2 mins next add the tomatoes and saute for 5mins. Next add the ground paste which was set aside earlier and saute till the mixture leaves oil.

Now add water as per your required consistency, bring to boil and add the Tikkas. Lastly garnish with cilantro and add lime juice if necessary.

Enjoy with fresh Bread of your choice.

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