Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Paneer Tikka Masala

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Remember way back in the day when we made our own paneer?  Well, one of my favorite paneer dishes is paneer tikka masala.  It's rich and creamy, not too spicy but had a boatload of flavor. 

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We start by pan frying the paneer to give it a little flavor boost and to firm it up a bit.

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This dish has a bunch of spices that need to be ground up.  As you can see, we didn't have a mortar and pestle, but that didn't stop us!

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This is definitely one of those recipes where you need to have mise en place.  These little prep bowls come in handy, but really any bowl will do.  Sadly, this means washing a lot of dishes.  Trust me, the organization is worth a little extra sink time.

Paneer Tikka Masala 



  • 1 block paneer
  • 3 serrano peppers, diced-remove seeds if concerned about spice
  • 1 quart of diced tomatoes, including the juice
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt to taste

Cut up paneer into cubes of whatever size you find desirable.  In a large pot or Dutch oven, over medium heat, melt butter.  Once butter is melted, toss in the cubed paneer and pan fry until golden brown.  Remove from Dutch oven.

Place the cumin seeds into a small frying pan over medium heat and try toast them until fragrant.  Be careful, they will want to burn.  Remove from heat.  Crush up toasted cumin seeds and garam masala.

Toss the serrano peppers into the Dutch oven.  Allow to fry for a few minutes, then add in the tomatoes and juice.  Bring to a simmer.  Add in spices.  Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.  Add in cream and allow to simmer for another 10 minutes.  Stir in paneer and allow to heat all the way through.  Remove from heat.  Stir in cilantro.  Serve over rice with fresh naan.

14 comments:

  1. I think this dish would be great served over naan! Love all the exciting spices, a little work can make dinner taste all that better. Just familiarized myself with getting better organized in the kitchen with prep work. Getter better everyday! No good Indian restaurants out my way, eager to learn to be a better cook in this area!!

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    1. There aren't any Indian restaurants near me either! That is why we have been dipping our toes into Indian cooking..

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  2. I love Indian food but usually eat it at restaurants instead of cooking it at home. This looks like a recipe I would love to try though. Love all the spices and grinding them looks like it would be good for getting out some stress :)

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    1. Grinding spices are excellent for stress relief!

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  3. I love Indian food and this looks delicious! Our local Indian spot is really expensive so we usually make it at home!

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    1. Yeah, we like making it at home-it is much much cheaper!

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  4. This looks so decadent! I rarely make Indian food at home, but this looks like I could do it! I love the whipping cream addition -OMG! So luxurious with those heady spices. Great recipe!

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    1. I know, the whipping cream is super indulgent, but totally makes the dish!

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  5. I am so intimidated to make my own Indian food, but you make it seem easy! I'm going to have to give this a try once I feel extra-ambitious. :)

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    1. Elizabeth, this dish especially is pretty easy. Not to many crazy spices or steps.

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  6. Paneer tikka masala is like my most favorite paneer dish ever! Especially when you eat it with those giant, fluffy butter naans!!! We usually eat this at restaurants but considering how DELISH your homemade version looks, I'm tempted to make this for lunch tomorrow since I luckily have all the ingredients!!!! This looks INCREDIBLE Heather! :)

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    1. Thanks Samina! Tikka masala is my favorite too!

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  7. You know, I rarely make indian food at home! I just never think of it! This looks delicious!

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