Paneer Tikka Masala #SundaySupper

Paneer Tikka Masala | www.kimchimom.comIt’s the cheesiest #SundaySupper yet! The theme this week is Cheese, Cakes & Cheesecakes hosted by Angie at Big Bear’s Wife. We are bringing forth cheesy savory and sweet recipes to the table.

The past couple of years I’ve been working on finding recipes for my favorite Indian dishes. The motivation is that good Indian food is nowhere near me (and by “nowhere near me” I mean, down the street from me) and I crave it too often to be ordering from this one decent place that is not so economically priced. So I’ve been hunting down recipes, harassing friends for family recipes, and subjecting my husband to kitchen experiments (note: he is a willing test subject). So far I’ve got my recipes for bengan bharta (roasted eggplant stew), chana masala (chickpea curry), palak paneer (spinach stew with paneer), and now, paneer tikka masala (paneer curry), thanks to Vijay Nathan at NoshOnIt who recently did a guest post on Little Ferraro Kitchen.

In my previous post, I show you how to make homemade paneer – an easy cheesy recipe. If you have easy access to good paneer, then you’re luckier than I am. Either way, you are good to go for this recipe. But if you’re really in a pinch, Vijay suggests substituting extra firm tofu in place of paneer. I’ve tried it both ways and it’s delicious either way, but I definitely prefer the paneer!

By the way, I am still working on a rogan josh (spiced lamb stew) recipe…

Paneer Tikka Masala

Adapted from Vijay Nathan’s recipe

Yields about 4 servings.

8-12 ounces paneer, cubed
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoon tandoori masala seasoning powder
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon cooking oil

1/2-inch thick slice of ginger, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
3 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
cooking oil
1 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
1 Tablespoon coriander powder
1 Tablespoon tandoori masala seasoning powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
Chopped cilantro and lime

Cooked basmati rice or naan (flat bread) to serve

1 – In a medium-sized bowl, combine the paneer, jalapeno pepper, yogurt, turmeric, tandoori powder, lime juice, and cooking oil. Set aside in the refrigerator and let it marinate for about an hour.

2 – After the paneer has marinated, heat a skillet over medium high heat and add a couple of teaspoons of cooking oil. Add your paneer and let cook on one side for about 3-4 minutes then flip and continue cooking until browned on all sides. Set aside.

3 – In a blender or food processor, purée the ginger, garlic and tomatoes until smooth. Set aside.

4 – In a large skillet, heat a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil over medium high heat. Add cumin seeds and cook until fragrant.

5 – Add onions and a pinch of salt. Cook until lightly browned, about 5-6 minutes.

6 – Add coriander powder, tandoori masala seasoning powder, and turmeric. Cook until dark brown and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Make sure to coat the onions evenly with the spices.

7 – Add the tomato puree mixture to the skillet, scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.

8 – Lower heat to medium and cook about 10 minutes. Stirring periodically.

9 – Add about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of water until you reach the desired consistency for your sauce. Stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

10 – Add the garam masala, cooked paneer, and let simmer for another 5 minutes.

11 – Take the pan off the heat, stir in the heavy cream.

12 – For seasoning, add cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Salt to taste if necessary.

13 – Serve hot with rice or naan.

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  • Laura Hunter

    We are quite obsessed with Indian food in this house so this is going to be a definite try for us. I have never had paneer tikka masala, but we love palak paneer. And the idea of paneer cheese in a tikka masala sauce just makes my mouth water.

    • kimchi_mom

      yes, you definitely need to try it!

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  • Hezzi-D

    What a burst of flavor in this dish! I enjoy chicken tikka masala but now seeing this recipe used with paneer? I’m sold!

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  • Chef Di

    This looks incredible! So healthy and full of flavor… and love all that yummy cilantro on top! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  • bigbearswife

    I’ve never heard of paneer! YUM! I can’t wait to try this!

    • kimchi_mom

      I love this week’s theme! Thanks for hosting! It pushed me to make homemade paneer!

  • Lane R

    We love Indian food, but wow I can’t afford to get it very often! This sounds like a the perfect recipe for our meatless month.

    • kimchi_mom

      I hear you! :-) This dish and palak paneer are both great meatless dishes.

  • Isabel Foodie

    I love how you inspire me to try new things every week!

    • kimchi_mom

      Aww, thanks!

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  • Juanita’s Cocina

    Is it too early for me to be drooling?

    • kimchi_mom

      NEVER too early…

  • Soni

    Ooh one of my faves!!We love Paneer and my kids could just live on Paneer alone :)Lovely looking dish and recipe :)Love the fact that you made Paneer from scratch!I take the shortcut 😉

    • kimchi_mom

      Homemade paneer is so easy and it’s actually fun to make! Just learned I could freeze it so that makes it even better.

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  • Tara

    I am big into Indian flavors lately and I know I would love this!!

    • kimchi_mom

      Give it a try!

  • Lizzy Do

    What a beautiful, flavorful dish!! I’d love a nice bowlful :)

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  • Amber @ Mama’s Blissful Bites

    I love Indian dishes! Thank you so much for sharing because I’ve been wanting to make some at home – yours looks beautiful!

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  • MomWhatsForDinner

    I could live on paneer alone until I saw this dish. OH YUM!

  • Renee Dobbs

    I’ve been waiting for this recipe since you posted it in the group. I’ve been looking for a good paneer tikka masala recipe now for months. If it comes from you I know it is good!

    • kimchi_mom

      Aww, thanks! Let me know how it goes…

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    I´m loving indian dishes, there´s just no going back after you start eating them! I´m pinning this one, it´s perfect!

  • The Ninja Baker

    The spices with the creamy elements of yogurt and heavy cream are bound to be bliss on a plate! I admire your versatility of knowledge and palate, Amy.

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Kim!

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  • Susan P.

    Okay, so I don’t do Indian because my tummy can be sensitive to spices, but this looks so good I might have to just deal with it. :-)

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  • Dinnersdishesdessert

    We are huge fans of Indian food at my house. I personally love chicken tikka masala, what a great version!

  • Heather

    I have to make my own paneer, too – there is absolutely NONE that is read-made around me. But it’s better anyway, no? This looks amazing…one of my fave Indian dishes.

    • kimchi_mom

      Homemade is much better! :-)

  • Jennifer Drummond

    I love it! I always wanted to make Paneer, now I can with your recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  • Conni

    This dish looks fantastic!

  • Lyn

    Very nicely done, Amy!

  • Martin Redmond

    Love Indian food…and this is a great looking recipe! Thanks for sharing. Going to check out a few you’ve got links too as well!

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  • Sarah R

    I love ANYTHING Tikka Masala!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog

    Amy, this dish looks amazing!

  • Samantha Ferraro

    I need to get off my A** and make this already! Gorg pics!!

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  • Cindy Kerschner

    Wow Amy, it looks awesome!

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  • Stacy

    What a beautiful dish! I have to admit that I could probably find Indian food nearby, but I am too lazy to go out for it and would rather cook at home, with a glass of wine nearby on the weekends. I love your whole list of Indian recipes. What a feast you could prepare!

  • SarahJ

    Beautiful dish! We really need to experiment more with Indian food.

  • cupcakekalechip

    Between you and Sue, I am now totally intrigued by paneer. I’ll have to try it.

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  • Vijay – Editor @ NoshOn.It

    Ah! I’m so happy you decided to make this yourself and take a way better picture than I did =). Looks perfect.

    • kimchi_mom

      Hi Vijay – Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Nancy

    You’re amazing, Ames! This looks like it was made in a professional Indian kitchen, even down to the little metal bowl. As much as I love Indian, I never cook it at home. I don’t know why – I’m intimidated by the ingredients, I think. This has me craving Indian now…I need to drag my husband to a restaurant, stat!

    • kimchi_mom

      If we went out for Indian food as often as I crave it, my children would starve! :-) I’ve tried to feed them the less spicy stuff, but the only things they like are naan and rice. Take advantage of going out NOW as much as you can. :-)

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  • Carla

    I don’t have any Indian eateries nearby. I *think* there is one 40 minutes away over the mountain. And it’s a sit-down restaurant, and nobody else in my family will eat Indian food. Sigh. So now I have to start making Indian food at home. I’ll add this paneer tikka masala to my list!

    • kimchi_mom

      I hear ya! But it’s fun and I like playing with all the spices!

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