A great treat for Paneer Lovers!
Paneer Tikka Masala, a famous vegetarian gravy served for Roti/Chapati in Restaurants. This goes well even with Pulao and Fried Rice varieties especially with Jeera Rice. Crispy and tasty Paneer Tikkas in spicy masala gravy gives a wonderful aroma and a perfect delight for our taste buds!!!
Paneer cubes are marinated with yogurt+spices based masala paste, shallow fry the marinated paneer and then tossed into onion+tomato spiced gravy. The first part of marination and shallow frying of paneer is same as the Paneer Tikka, a starter / appetizer. Also in the appetizer, we used to add cubed onions, green/red bellpepper along with paneer. Even in this Paneer Tikka Masala we can toss in the onions and green/red bellpepper. My kids are not a great fan of bell peppers and so I skipped and used only paneer. We can also toss the bell peppers in the gravy instead of marinating with paneer.
We can shallow fry the marinated paneer pieces using a tawa on the stove top or we can grill the paneer using oven. Since the paneer has been nicely marinated and fried, it adds a nice flavor to the whole dish instead of just tossing plain paneer. This Paneer Tikka Masala is always a popular and scrumptious Indian Vegetarian Gravy and a perfect accompaniment!
Curry Preparation Process
Heat butter or oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add cumin seeds and allow it to sputter. Then add the onions and saute the onions till it is translucent. We can add a pinch of salt which will bring out the moisture in the onions and allow the onions to cook quickly and evenly also less oil is enough if we add a pinch of salt. Along with onions, add ginger-garlic paste and saute it.
Spice up the Curry
Adding Grilled Paneer