Perhaps the most cherished dish in our home during Purtassi is glorious Paneer with about anything. And though it usually is just a simple tomato chutney with paneer, a more adventurous dish would be a vibrant Paneer Tikka Masala.
Punchy, fresh and luscious – Paneer Tikka Masala has a certain elegance to it. But many Indian dishes are indeed packed with butter which adds to the richness. But this is a healthy take on a dish that still remains indulgent as ever, with Almond Breeze Original milk.
Immensely delicious and easy to prepare, here’s my take on it.
3tbs of vegetable oil/ghee
Pinch of mustard seeds
2 curry leaves
Finely sliced quarter red onion
1 finely sliced garlic clove
2 sliced chillies (depending on your preferred heat level)
1 cup of cubed paneer/tofu
1 can of drained chickpeas
4 medium-sized pureed tomatoes
2tbs plain yoghurt (optional)
125ml coconut milk
1/2 tsp of cumin powder
1/2 tsp of fennel powder
1/2 tsp of coriander powder
1tsp of garam masala
2 to 3 tsp of chilli powder (depending on your preferred heat level)
Salt (as required)
Fresh coriander to garnish
Add 2 tbs of oil/ghee and fry the paneer/tofu in a pan.
Remove when half-way cooked and add the remaining oil/ghee to your pan.
Proceed to fry the onion until it starts browning, adding in mustard seeds and garlic clove.
Lowering your heat before adding in curry leaves, chillies and then your spices.
Cook for a further two to three minutes and then pour in your tomato puree, before increasing the heat.
Add a little water to avoid the tomato from splashing out of the pan.
Let the tomato cook for around 10 minutes, pop in the chickpeas.
Cook down for a further 10 minutes, before adding in your coconut milk, almond milk and yoghurt.
Let the gravy thicken up and drop in the paneer/tofu.
Garnish with fresh coriander, serve with fresh naan or roti and sambals.
The addition of chickpeas is a to create a more filling dish. It is an easy way to include plant-based protein to a dish, which is sometimes a problem for people fasting or transitioning to veganism/vegetarianism. “Who knew that a dish this creamy could be so healthy too?” said, as I go back for my third helping.