Homemade Tandoori Masala 

Tandoor is very much similar to a grill. Likewise, tandoori masala is equivalent to the barbecue seasoning. The masala reflects the authenticity of Indian flavours with its unparalleled essence. This spice mix can be used on any recipe to lend a smoky flavour to it. Although it is possible to find the blend at any Indian store nearby, the aroma and flavour that accompanies the homemade masala remains unmatched. The Tandoori Masala is easy to make at home and can spruce up any ordinary dish in seconds. Moreover, blending at home ensures that you get your signature flavours. Let us now see how you can make the masala at home. 

Some little details regarding this recipe 

The spices you need to pull off the Tandoori Masala might be easily available in your kitchen. However, there will definitely be some of them that would keep you running to the grocery store. Making your own fresh seasoning will require a total time of 15 minutes for blending some spices together. The final yield will be about a cup filled with the Tandoori Masala. 

The things that will be required 

The main ingredients of the seasoning blend are basic spices. Here is a list of those spices. Be sure to stick to the list. 

  • Salt as per your taste 
  • 2 teaspoons of green cardamom 
  • 2 teaspoons of black cardamom 
  • 2 teaspoons of black peppercorns 
  • 4 tablespoons of coriander seeds 
  • 3 tablespoons of cumin seeds 
  • 2 tablespoons of mace 
  • 2 teaspoons of cloves 
  • About 2 to 4 sticks of cinnamon 
  • A tablespoon of fenugreek seeds 
  • A teaspoon of powdered dry beetroot 
  • A teaspoon of powdered nutmeg 
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder 
  • 2 teaspoons of ginger powder 

This is a long list of Indian spices for which you may have to run to the grocery store. Once you cross out all the items on this list, proceed to the blending section. 

The procedure of blending 

Stick to the following steps to pull off a perfect Tandoori Masala for yourself. 

  • Grab the jar of your grinder and add all the items in the list excluding the last four, that is, nutmeg powder, beetroot powder, powdered garlic and powdered ginger. Run the processor until you obtain a very fine mixture of these items. 
  • Arrange a sieve and run the blended mixture through it. Blend the solid items left in the sieve again in order to achieve a powdered mixture. 
  • Grab a pan and combine now all of the ingredients and place on low heat. Go on to roast the ingredients until it reeks with a pleasant aroma. This should take about 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Do remember to carry out the roasting process while stirring the contents of the pan frequently to avoid charring of spices. 
  • Give some time to the blend to completely cool down. 
  • Get a container with airlock to store the blend. 

Your Tandoori Masala gets so ready. This mixture can easily last for about 4 to 5 months. 

Instead of waiting for a perfect time to get your hands on the Indian flavors, do it now. Happy blending! 

Garlic Paneer Recipe 

If you are a foodie, you are most definitely a fan of exotic recipes. When you discuss exotic recipes, you cannot overlook India and the spices that define it. A favorite vegetarian ingredient in India is cottage cheese. Indians call it ‘Paneer’. Paneer recipes are remarkably easy to pull off and are succulent enough to make your day.

This recipe has soft pieces of paneer that melt in your mouth marinated in a favorite Indian sauce. It is fitting for a snack and amazing for a day out. Coming all the way from India, here is the Garlic Paneer recipe on your fingertips. Do not forget to share the exotic flavors with everyone. 

The time required and other details 

Paneer is considered a substantially healthy substitute for meat. This implies that it is very high on nutrition and vegetarians in India survive off it. It takes a total time of about 45 minutes to make Garlic Paneer. Of this, the time for preparation is about 25 minutes. The final yield would contain a total of 107 calories. 

The things that would be required 

As you know, India is known for its spices. So, there is list filled with a lot of Indian spices that you will need to fulfill in order to make Garlic Paneer. You may have to run to a departmental store nearby for a lot of things in the list given below: 

  • Half a teaspoon of salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon of powdered red chilies 
  • ¼ teaspoon of tomato ketchup 
  • Half teaspoon of ginger paste 
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, refined 
  • Half teaspoon of powdered garam masala 
  • ¼ teaspoon of soy sauce 
  • Half teaspoon of garlic paste 
  • About a hundred grams of paneer, cut into cubes 

While this may look like a lot of spices, the final product is bound to satisfy you with its charm. 

The process of cooking 

This is a fairly easy snack to make without much effort to be put in. However, we recommend that you strictly follow the pattern of cooking that has been explained below: 

  • Cut the cottage cheese into pieces of a size that suits you well. 
  • Grab a bowl and combine powdered garam masala, powdered red chili, salt, soy sauce, tomato sauce, garlic paste and ginger paste. 
  • Now add the pieces of cottage cheese into this mixture of spices. Toss the contents well until the pieces are properly coated with the spices. 
  • Place a frying pan on a medium flame and heat cooking oil in it while the cheese is left to marinate. 
  • Dispose of the excess marinade, chuck the pieces into the pan. Continue to fry until you observe a golden brown color. 
  • Take the pan off the flame and place in the platter to serve hot. 

Enjoy the ethnic flavors of India brought to you in a platter. Garlic Paneer is best savored sizzling hot.  

When the flavors are beckoning from oceans apart, you cannot just sit back and relax. Get up and make some Paneer for yourself. Namaste!