Monday, October 31, 2016

Paneer Tikka Masala, Bonus Veggies Version

[guest post by Amy]

Happy Halloween!
This is a bit of tweak on a recipe I loved from Cook's Hideout, Kashmiri Tikka Masala. I had the best paneer tikka masala ever recently, with tons of spices, raisins and almonds in the dish.  Added vegetables because dating a vegetarian, and trying to sneak veggies into more things!

Marinade: Mix together and divide in half.
.5 c greek yogurt
1 t chili powder
1 t Garam masala
.5 t cumin
1 T lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste, about .5 t each

Add to: (seperate bowls)
1 c paneer
1 head of cauliflower
Let sit for at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour.

Masala sauce:
3 T ghee
1 red pepper
1 red onion
2 cloves garlic (opt)
.25 c almonds
.25 c raisins
1 c tomatoes
.25 c whipping cream
.5 t chili powder
.5 t Garam Masala
.25 t cumin
1 T Sriracha, or cayenne to taste
.5 t salt

Garnishes and optional:
1 c peas
Basmati rice
Preserved lemons/guava (Anna had some by chance, it was a great addition!)
3 T cilantro (I leave it as a garnish, for people to add as they wish)

Heat ghee in heavy bottomed pot, then add onion, garlic, pepper, almonds, and raisins. Cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Try not to be distracted by trick-or-treaters. While that's cooking, sauté cauliflower on high heat, stirring occasionally and covering with whatever pot lid you have lying around. Add remaining ingredients and blend with immersion blender. Put back on stove on low heat,  taste and adjust seasoning, add peas if using, and griddle paneer on each side until golden brown. Add to sauce, and you're all set!

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