Paneer Tikka Masala

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Paneer Tikka Masala

This was my first time making the classic Indian appetizer paneer tikka masala, and it certainly won't be my last! Delicious chunks of paneer cheese are marinated in a spicy yogurt mixture and then fried, roasted or broiled. I made these in preparation for paneer tikka pizza on naan bread, but the serving possibilities are endless. Serve with a tomato based gravy, on a bed of rice, with some stir-fried vegetables, or eat as is for a tasty snack. This would also be a good vegetarian barbeque choice.

Paneer Tikka MasalaPaneer Tikka Masala
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Cuisine: Indian
Published on January 31, 2008

Delicious chunks of paneer cheese marinated in spicy and tangy yogurt and then broiled to a beautiful golden brown — a classic Indian appetizer

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  • 14 oz (400 g) paneer cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek (methi) leaves, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • juice from 1 lemon (3 tablespoons)
  • Cut the paneer cheese into 1-inch cubes. Crush the ginger and garlic together to make a paste. Combine with the rest of the ingredients. Coat each piece of paneer with the yogurt spice marinade. Cover the paneer cheese and refrigerate for a least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

  • Coat a baking sheet with oil. Spread the marinated paneer cheese cubes in a single layer on the baking sheet, and place under the broiler. Broil until the cubes brown up, taking care to turn the cubes frequently so they brown evenly on all sides

Makes approximately 2 dozen pieces
Paneer Tikka Masala


indosungod said...

Looks lovely. Will take Paneer Tikka Masala anyday.

Peter M said...

Your blog allows me to travel to far off places.

Paneer is on my "to try" list.

test it comm said...

This sounds really tasty. I am going to have to look for some paneer.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, it looks yummy! Never had paneer broiled till now. Nice idea!

Susan said...

This looks so darned good. I've never broiled paneer, always thinking that the store-bought block needed to soften in a simmering gravy. For next time...

FewMinute Wonders said...

Hi Lisa,

I like what you have done with the paneer. Its a new way of making paneer tikka masala.Will try it soon. I like what I see in your site. Found you on food Buzz.

FewMinute Wonders said...

Hi Lisa,

I made the Paneer Tikka tonight and it turned out great. I am going to post about it on my blog. thanks for this easy recipe.