How to make Cauliflower and Paneer Tikka Masala -

Cauliflower florets cooked along with paneer in creamy tikka masala gravy.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Cauliflower small florets, Cottage cheese (paneer )

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Cauliflower and Paneer Tikka Masala

Cauliflower and Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 21-25 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Cauliflower and Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe

  • Cauliflower small florets , blanched 3/4 cup

  • Cottage cheese (paneer ) , cut into cubes 10-12

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Ginger , minced 1 teaspoon

  • Garlic , minced 1 teaspoon

  • White onion , chopped 1 medium

  • Red capsicum , roasted and cut into cubes 1 medium

  • Tomato , roasted and cut into cubes 1 medium

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves a handful

  • Coconut milk 1/2 cup

  • Fresh cream 2 tablespoons

  • Fresh coriander sprigs for garnishing


Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan, add garlic and ginger, mix and sauté till raw smells disappear.

Step 2

Add white onion, mix and sauté for 1 minute. Add red capsicum, tomato, red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cinnamon powder and garam masala powder, mix well and sauté for 1 minute.

Step 3

Add ½ cup water and salt, mix well and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Transfer the mixture into a blender jar and blend to a smooth paste.

Step 4

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in another non-stick pan, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add curry leaves mix and sauté for a few seconds.

Step 5

Add the ground paste, mix well and cook for 1 minute. Add coconut milk, mix well and cook for 1 minute.

Step 6

Add fresh cream and salt, mix well and cook till the mixture thickens.

Step 7

Add cauliflower florets and cottage cheese cubes, mix well and cook for 1-2 minute.

Step 8

Remove from heat, transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander sprig and serve hot.

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