Paneer tikka masala is an Indian dish of marinated paneer cheese served in a spiced gravy. It is a vegetarian alternative to chicken tikka masala.
200 to 250 grams paneer
1 tbsp Oil
1 cup onions cubed
1 Capsicum cubed
1½ cups tomatoes chopped
salt as needed
10 to 12 cashew nuts
1½ tbsp Butter
1½ tsp ginger garlic paste
½ tsp Kasuri methi
Coriander leaves for garnish
1 bay leaf
2 to 3 cloves
¾ to 1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp red chilli powder .
Mix the paneer into the spices mentioned above and fry till it turns into golden.
Add onion,tomatoes & salt. Fry for 3 minutes. Cook covered till the mixture turns soft & mushy.
Put in garam masala, coriander powder, cashews, red chili powder
Fry till it leaves the sides of the pan. Turn off the stove.
When it cools, blend with 1 cup water in a blender to very smooth.
How to make paneer butter masala
Heat butter in the same pan.
Fry cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms & bay leaf for 1 to 2 minutes. Saute ginger garlic paste till the raw smell goes away.
Pour the blended puree, then add red chili powder. If needed pour ¼ to ½ cup of water.
Cook until the gravy thickens & traces of butter or oil is seen on top. Let the gravy reach the desired consistency.
Add paneer & kasuri methi . Mix & cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer butter paneer tikka masala to a serving bowl. Garnish with cream, cubed butter & coriander leaves.
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