Monday, September 28, 2015

Vegetable Tikka Masala

Vegetable Tikka Masala

Daylight saving's here! Woohoo! It's the best. It is like waking up after a long cold dark night. I am no good in winter. I never thought I'd say this when I was in Bombay or in Florida, but I really miss the long hot humid summers. The two months of winter we had were pretty bearable. In Florida, that is. We don't actually have a winter in Bombay. 

Vegetable Tikka Masala

But no more whinging. Let's talk about food! Look at this delicious tikka masala! I order tikka masala pretty often when I go to Indian restaurants, so I wanted to deconstruct the recipe and cook it in the Taste Chronicles kitchen. Ingredients such as mustard oil, black salt and roasted bell pepper give it a lovely smokey flavor. Definitely worth a try!

Yield - Serves 3
Prep Time - 20 Minutes

Cook Time - 40 Minutes

Vegetable Tikka Masala


200 g Paneer
1 Bell Pepper
1.5 Onion
6 Baby Corn (Optional)
2 Roasted Bell Peppers
2 Whole Peeled Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
1 Teaspoon Minced Ginger
2 Tablespoons Mustard Oil
1 Tablespoon Kasoori Methi
1 Teaspoon Tandoori Chicken Masala
1 Teaspoon Garam Masala
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric
1/2 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Black Salt
a few sprigs Cilantro
1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil


Prepping veggies in nice even bits is an essential first step of this recipe. Cut the bell pepper and onions in one inch cubes. Cut the baby corn (if using) in half.

Cube the paneer. 

Now prepare the marinade : In a bowl combine the yogurt, tandoori masala, red chili powder, half the turmeric and kasoori methi listed in the ingredients. Add Black salt. Add half the ginger garlic paste.

Whip it all together with Mustard oil. Mustard oil lends a unique flavor to this marinade and should not be skipped.

Combine the marinade with the cubed veggies and paneer.

Set your oven to 'broil' and grill for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, to prepare the curry sauce, blitz together the roasted bell peppers and tomatoes. I have used canned tomatoes here and it works well in this recipe. 

Finely chop the rest of the onion. Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Add the chopped onion. Cook till it is translucent. Add the remaining ginger and garlic.

Add the garam masala and rest of the red chili powder and turmeric powder.

Add crushed kasoori methi and season with salt. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes.

Add the roasted bell pepper - tomato mix. Cook for about 6-7 minutes and reduce.

Add the grilled veggies and combine with the sauce.

Adjust the seasoning if needed. Garnish with cilantro.


Vegetable Tikka Masala


  1. I've never made Tikka Masala from scratch before.. and you make it look so easy and delicious!

  2. These pictures are treat for eyes, Bach! i wish I can grab the bowl and start eating it! Yumm!


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