Thursday, 30 October 2014

Grilled Tandoori Paneer in creamy Sauce

Tired of the same usual dishes with Paneer ? Me too... Try this Grilled Tandoori Paneer in rich, creamy sauce. Treat your family and friends with this exotic dish. 




To Marinate

  • 200 Grams Paneer ( cut into 3 thick slabs)
  • 1 Tablespoon Tandoori masala
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • Salt to taste

For the Masala

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 bay Leaves
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 1 Black cardamom
  • 1/2 Inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 2 Medium Onions chopped roughly
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger juliennes
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Tandoori Masala
  • 1/2 Cup thick curd / plain natural yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Kasuri Methi
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped cilantro leaves for Garnish


1. Marinate paneer along with list of ingredients mentioned under 'To Marinate' for 20 to 30 minutes. I used 'Everest' Tandoori masala. You may use homemade tandoori masala.

2. In a microwave safe bowl, add roughly chopped onions and 1/4 cup water. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Cool completely. Drain water and grind onions into smooth paste. Do not add water while grinding
3. In a pan, heat oil for making gravy / masala. When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, green cardamom, black cardamom and fry for couple of seconds
4. Add ginger and fry for a minute
5. Add onion paste we prepared at step number 2 and fry until the paste turns pale brown and oil starts separating from the mixture
6. Add coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, Tandoori Masala along with 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and cook until the water evaporates
7. Keep the flame high and add curd and whisk continuously until the mixture starts boiling
8. Once it comes to boil, simmer and let the masala cook for 5 minutes
9. Season with salt , add 1/2 cup water and cook for 5 more minutes
10. Meanwhile you can grill the paneer. I used my sandwich grill to grill the paneer. Apply oil on the grill plates and place the paneer and grill for 3 to 4 minutes until you get nice char and grill marks on the paneer and the tandoori masala over the paneer is cooked through. Do not overcook paneer, it might turn hard and chewy
11. Remove paneer from the grill and cut them into small squares
12. Add the grilled paneer cubes into the prepared gravy along with fresh cream and crushed kasuri methi
13. Cook for 2 minutes
14. Switch off the flame and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.

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