18 July 2011

No Meat Zone Recipes: Vegetarian Paneer Tikka Masala


Serves 4-6

400g Panneer, cut into cubes
2 tbsp Tandoori Spice powder
4 tbsp low fat yoghurt
100ml canola oil

To Make the Gravy

1 large onion
1 large tomato
6 cloves of garlic
1 piece of ginger
Handful of coriander leaves
Few Curry leaves
4 dry red chilies
Mince all of the above ingredients together using a food processer and set aside.

4 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp fennel powder
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp tomato puree
200ml full cream milk
200ml water
1 tbsp kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
1 tbsp garam masala
½ lemon juice
Salt to taste

Mix low fat yoghurt and tandoori powder together, add paneer cubes mix well till it’s coated with spice paste. Marinate for around 30 minutes.

Heat oil to deep fry, when oil hits smoking point, add marinated paneer in batches fry till it’s slightly crispy on outside. Drain them and leave to dry in kitchen towels.

Separately to make the gravy, heat oil and fry minced ingredients for about 5 minutes till the raw smell evaporates. Add dry spices like coriander, chili and cumin powder, stir well and add tomato puree mix well to form a paste.

Add full cream milk and water, stir well, close the lid and let it cook for 5-10 minutes. When gravy starts to simmer add dried kasoori methi (fenugreek leaves), garam masala and salt to taste.

Turn off heat, mix paneer cubes with gravy, sprinkle lemon juice. You can serve this with Biryani rice and raita (Indian Salad) or any type of Indian bread.(paratha, naan, roti, chapati.

Ami is a small time home cook, whose passion for cooking was ignited when she was 12 years old. Since then she has been on a long culinary journey, drawing inspirations from her mom's scrumptious cooking, watching TV cook-shows, reading cook books and experimenting in her kitchen. Visit Ami's Vegetarian Delicacies for more information.

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