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Paneer Tikka Masala

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Recently when I had buffet in Indian restaurant I tasted Paneer Tikka Masala. It was delicious, I could taste paneer butter masala flavor along with paneer tikka taste. I tried to combine my tofu butter masala and tofu tikka recipe; prepared this Paneer tikka Masala and happy with the results:-)

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Marination time : 2 hours | Cooking Time : 45 mins

Recipe Category: Side dish

Ingredients:

For Tikka:

Paneer – 1 packet (225 gram)

For marination:

Hung Curd/Sour Cream – 3 tbsp +1 tsp (I used Sour Cream)

Pepper Powder – 1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp

Tandoori Masala  – 1 tsp

Chat Masala – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

How to make hung curd:

Hang 1/3 cup curd in a muslin cloth or any thin cloth for an hour to make the required hung curd.

For Gravy:

Onion – 2

Tomato – 3

Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp

Garam Masala powder- 1 tsp

Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Heavy Cream – 3 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – as needed

Butter – 1 tbsp

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Method:

  • Preheat the oven at 400 deg F
  • Cube the Paneer and keep it aside. In a separate bowl Mix the ingredients listed under ‘for marination’ and keep aside. Mix paneer with the marinated ingredients and keep refrigerated for 2 hours (minimum an hour). Take it out and arrange the Paneer in the baking tray

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  • Bake them for 15-18 mins, turning over in between for even cooking. Paneer tikka is ready

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  • Boil onion and tomato in hot water and strain the water. When it comes to room temperature, blend them into fine paste© TraditionallyModernFood
  • Add butter to the pan. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the blended tomato and onion puree and cook for 3-5 minutes

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  • Add garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and allow it to cook for 2-3mins

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  • Add heavy cream and cook till it starts boiling. Add paneer tikka and cook for 2 minutes and switch off

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My Notes:

  • Instead of fresh cream you can add 1/3 cup of milk and cook for 5-8 minutes till the gravy become thick
  • If you are using a cinnamon stick, add it while tempering
  • Can marinate capsicum and onion along with paneer while preparing tikka and use it
  • This gravy goes well with any variety rice like fried rice as well as with naan/rotis
  • I boiled the onions and tomatoes, blended them, instead can sauté them in oil and grind them

Paal Kesari


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Kesari is one of the common sweets prepared at home. Having a sweet tooth, sis and I ask Amma to frequently prepare kesari with any snack like bhajji, pakoda , Bonda etc. My mom used to tease us asking “Entha Mapalai varar ungala parka ;-)” In our culture, there was a trend when bride and groom meet for first time, kesari is served. Kesari is usually prepared with water, but replacing water with milk gives a good taste.

Paal Kesari

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Sweet

Ingredients:

Rava (Sooji)/Semolina – 3/4 cup

Brown Sugar – 1 cup + 1/4 cup (Adjust according to your taste)

Milk – 2 cup + 1/4 cup

Butter / Ghee – 4 tbsp

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Nuts and raisin – to garnish (I used cashew and almonds)

Food color – 1/8 tsp

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Method:

  • Add 1 tbsp of ghee and roast nuts and raisins till they are golden brown, and set aside

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  • In the same pan dry roast the rava for 2 minutes (Roast them till aroma comes) and transfer it to a plate.

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  • In medium flame add milk to the same pan and when milk starts boiling add the rava and stir continously to avoid lumps

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  • Continue cooking till its cooked. Check whether Rava is cooked before adding sugar

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  • Add sugar, and cook till sugar melts completely and Kesari thickens. stir it occassionally

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  • Add butter and food color, continue cooking till food color dissolves and mixs completely

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  • Turn off when kesari separates from the pan. Add nuts and raisins, and serve the Kesari hot/cold. Kesari thickens with time so switch it off accordingly

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My Notes:

  • Instead of adding food color at the end can also add them while boiling milk. I have used orange food color instead yellow, green or any other food color can be used
  • I have used brown sugar instead white sugar can also be used
  • Can add almond/vanilla/pineapple extract or any other essence for taste. Saffron can also be added
  • Pachai karpuram can also be added for flavour

Arisi Thengai Payasam

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This is a traditional Payasam prepared during festive seasons. When it comes to traditional jaggery Payasam,  I prefer Arisi Thengai Payasam over Moong Dal and Channa Dal Payasam. This quick Payasam with coconut flavour makes it delicious. Today being Navaratri day 1, I prepared this Payasam for neivedhyam.  Back in India we used to keep golu in steps. Inviting people to see our golu, visiting friends and relative houses and getting Sundal, along with gifts – omg so many amazing memories. Navaratri is something I miss here. This time with my kutti krishar, I couldn’t keep bhommai outside, but happy with few bhoomai inside our Pooja room:-)

Checkout my other Payasam Recipes

Arisi Thengai Payasam:

Preparation Time : 5 min | Soaking time – 15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 – 20 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Dessert

Ingredients:

Fresh Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup

Raw rice – 2 tbsp

Grated jaggery – 1/3 cup ( Adjust according to your taste)

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp

Milk –  1/3 cup

Cashew nuts and raisin – to taste

Ghee –  1/2 tsp

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Method:

  • Wash and soak rice in warm water for 10 – 15 minutes
  • Grind soaked rice and grated coconut to a fine paste with 2/3 tbsp of water

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  • Add 1 cup water to the ground paste and mix well 

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  • In medium flame cook the mixture. Add cardamom powder and continue cooking.  Stir in between till its cooked (it turns from white to dull white to indicate the mixture is cooked)IMG_0386
  • Add grated jaggery and cook till it completely dissolves, and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes

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  • Heat another pan with ghee and cook cashew and raisins till cashews are golden Brown

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  • In low flame Add milk and cook for a minute and switch off. Add the cashews and raisin to the Payasam and serve Hot/Cold

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My Notes:

  • Cardamom pods can be added instead of cardamom powder. Add cardamon while grinding coconut and rice if desire
  • Rice make the Payasam thick so adjust water/milk according to the desired consistency
  • If you think jaggery may have impurities, add jaggery and water in a separate pan cook till the jaggery melts. When it comes to room temperature strain them and add it to the Payasam
  • Traditionally jaggery (Palm sugar) is used but white/brown sugar can also be used
  • Make sure the coconut rice mixture is thin
  • Milk can be added after switching off
  • Instead of rice, rice flour can also be used

Tofu Butter Masala

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As I had mentioned in Kadai Tofu and Tofu Tikka, though I love paneer, I am afraid of the calories it adds. Happy that Tofu can satisfy my taste buds in the same way as paneer. Couple of days weeks back I had prepared Malai Kofta with paneer. I was craving for paneer dish again, and this time, tried a side dish with tofu instead of paneer.

Tofu is similar to paneer, except that it is made with soy milk, which is said to be protein rich. My version of Tofu Butter Masala:

Tofu Butter Masala

Preparation Time : 10 min | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 4

Recipe Category: Side dish

Ingredients:

Firm Tofu – 1 packet (225 gram)

Onion – 1 big

Tomato – 2

Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp

Garam Masala powder- 1 tsp

Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Milk – 1/3 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – as needed

Butter – 2 tbsp

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Method:

  • Boil onion and tomato in hot water and strain the water. When it comes to room temperature, blend them into fine paste© TraditionallyModernFood
  • Add butter to the pan. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the blended tomato and onion puree and cook for 3-5 minutes

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  • Add garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and allow it to cook for 2-3mins

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  • Add the Tofu and salt. Saute well for 2-3 minutes

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  • Add cinnamon powder and milk and let it cook for 3-5 minutes

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My Notes:

  • Instead of milk, you can add 3 tbsp of fresh cream
  • If you are using a cinnamon stick, add it while tempering
  • This gravy goes well with any variety rice like fried rice/ pulao as well as with naan/rotis
  • I boiled the onions and blended them, as it will save time while cooking blended onion. Instead, you can also sauté the onions
  • For vegan version, instead of butter, you can add oil and use coconut milk to try Tofu Butter Masala:-)

Kadai Tofu

Though I love paneer, I am afraid of the calories it adds. Happy that Tofu can satisfy my taste buds in the same way as paneer.

Tofu is similar to paneer except that it is made with soy milk, which is said to be protein rich and low in cholesterol when compared to paneer. I have followed the traditional kadai paneer recipe, but  replaced paneer with Tofu.

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Kadai Tofu:

Preparation Time : 10 min | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Side dish

Ingredients:

Firm Tofu – 1 packet (225 gram)

Green Bell Pepper – 2 medium size, diced

Onion-1 diced

Tomatoes – 3 finely chopped

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Coriander seeds – 2 tsp

Red chilli – 3 (use according to desired spice level)

Garam masala – 1/4 tsp

Fennel seed powder – 1/4 tsp

Cinnamon powder -1/8 tsp

Oil- 1 tsp

Asafoetida – a pinch

Salt as needed

Method:

  • Dry roast 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp of coriander seed and 1/2 tsp of cumin seed and red chilli. Blend into coarse powder

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  • Drain the water out of the tofu, pat it dry with a paper towel and keep aside
  • Add oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, add 1/2 tsp of coriander seeds, 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds, fennel seed powder and cinnamon and let it splutter. Add tomatoes and sauté till it becomes mushy. Add bell pepper, onion, and stir fry. Add salt, the ground coarse powder and  garam masala,  and saute for 5 minutes

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  • Add tofu and gently mix. Cook for 5 minutes

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My Notes:

  • Instead of directly adding can roast tofu in oil and add them
  • Can follow the same procedure and cook paneer