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Classic Paneer Tikka Masala

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Paneer Tikka Masala is a gourmet dish which is simple to cook but very flavorful. Marinated paneer with tomato gravy makes a delightful dish for a formal dinner.
  Paneer 1⁄2 Pound
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Red chili powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Minced ginger 1 Tablespoon
  Yoghurt 1 Tablespoon
  Tomatoes 3 Medium
  Green pepper 1
  Oil 1 Tablespoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
  Bay leaves 2
  Coriander powder 1 Tablespoon
  Paprika 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Turmeric 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Corn starch 1 Teaspoon (Arrow Root)
  Finely chopped cilantro 2 Tablespoon
  Garam masala 1⁄4 Teaspoon

Slice the paneer in about 1/8 inch thick and about in one inch squares.
Mix ginger, salt, pepper, coriander, and yogurt with sliced paneer in a bowl, cover it and let the mixture marinate for at least an hour. It is better to have the paneer marinate in a refrigerator.
Blend tomatoes and green chilies to make a puree and keep aside.
Dissolve the corn starch in 2 tablespoons of water and keep aside.Corn starch is used to give thickness to gravy.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in flat frying pan on medium heat, making sure to oil the entire surface of the pan.
Next put the marinated paneer in frying pan and gently stir-fry for about 3 to 4 minutes until paneer becomes light brown.
Take out the paneer in a bowl and use the same frying pan to make the gravy.
To prepare the gravy, add 1 table spoon of oil in a frying pan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed cracks right away oil is ready
Add cumin seeds and asafetida after seeds crack add bay leaves and stir for a few seconds.
Add the tomato puree, coriander powder, turmeric, red chili powder, sugar, and cook for about 4 minutes on medium heat.
Add the corn starch mix stir for few minutes till the sauce thickens.
Add the stir-fry paneer in the tomato gravy and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes on low medium heat.
Turn off the heat and add cilantro and garam masala stir slowly and cover the pan for few minutes.
Serve hot with your choice of Indian bread or over the rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Low Cholesterol
The classic Paneer Tikka Masala is a typical dish that served on special occasions that call for pomp and pagentry. That is because the dish is pretty rich enough to suit the occasion. But you can make this dish when ever you want. Watch and learn how to make this dish from this video from Manjula's Kitchen.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 564 Calories from Fat 233

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 27 g41%

Saturated Fat 5.1 g25.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 24.6 mg8.2%

Sodium 1817.7 mg75.7%

Total Carbohydrates 56 g18.6%

Dietary Fiber 16.8 g67.4%

Sugars 25.7 g

Protein 36 g72.5%

Vitamin A 147.7% Vitamin C 306.1%

Calcium 46.8% Iron 47.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Classic Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe Video