Pure Punjabi Tandoori Masala recipes


Tandoori Couscous

by Ellen

This recipe comes from Ellen, manager of Chalke Valley Stores, who has been using Pure Punjabi Tandoori Masala to give a lift to everyday family meals. One day, when boiling water to make couscous, she saw her jar of Pure Punjabi Tandoori Masala and thought ‘I wonder what that would taste like with couscous?” – the answer was ‘delicious’! Thank you Ellen!

This recipe is dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan.


1 cup of couscous
1 and 1/3 cups of boiling water
1 tablespoon of Pure Punjabi Tandoori Masala


  1. Put the couscous into a shallow dish and spread out evenly.
  2. Mix the Tandoori Masala paste into the boiling water and add to the shallow dish. Make sure the water is spread evenly throughout the couscous and cover with an air tight lid.
  3. Once all the water has been absorbed my the couscous, it is ready to serve.


Tandoori Cauliflower Cheese

By Jo

This recipe comes from our customer Jo, who has been using Pure Punjabi Tandoori Masala in all sorts of wonderful ways. Thanks to Jo, vegetarians and cauliflower enthusiasts can now enjoy the traditional cauliflower cheese, with a little extra spice! Here is her recipe…

“The amounts are flexible, depending on the size of the cauliflower. It serves two of us as a main course.”

This recipe is vegetarian. It can be made dairy-free and vegan by using non-dairy cheese. It can also be made gluten-free and wheat-free by using a GF/WF flour.


1 medium onion
1 cauliflower
sunflower oil/butter/coconut oil for frying
1 heaped dessert spoons of plain flour
3 tablespoons of Pure Punjabi Tandoori Masala
300ml milk
300 water (reserved from cooking the cauliflower)
100 – 120g grated cheddar cheese


  1. Chop a medium onion and cook in a saucepan in a tablespoon of oil/ butter/ coconut oil whatever you like best. cook it till it is well browned.
  2. Meanwhile, wash, and make a few large cuts in the base of the cauliflower and then cook it whole in only an inch or two of water. The idea is to cook the base without water-logging the top, and keep a good rolling simmer so that the water reduces a bit.  Keep an eye on it, poking it a few times as it doesn’t want to be too well cooked as it’ll cook further in the oven.  Once it’s done, drain it but keep the cooking water.
  3. When the onions are cooked (and a bit burnt doesn’t hurt!) add three large teaspoons of Tandoori Masala  paste,”large” being as much as the spoon will hold, but maybe slightly less if it’s a small cauliflower.  Add two heaped desert spoons of plain flour and stir it together, a little more oil may be needed here.
  4. Once the flour is amalgamated, add milk in small amounts until it thickens and starts to cook. About 300ml, followed by 300ml of the cauliflower cooking water.  I like the sauce fairly thick and a generous quantity, a small cauliflower will need less than a large one and the white sauce can be adjusted accordingly.  It can be made without the onion if preferred.
  5. Once the sauce is the consistency that you like, take it off the heat and add 100 – 120g of grated cheddar cheese. Chop the cauliflower into bite size pieces and put it into an oven proof dish.  Taste the sauce before you pour it over the top, don’t be worried if it’s a bit spicy hot, it needs to be because the cauliflower will dilute it.  Grate a bit more cheese over the top and put it into a medium oven for 20 -30 minutes.


Tandoori Salmon Niçoise platter

by Safia Hothi-Bellamy of Pure Punjabi

This recipe is perfect for stress free entertaining as it is served at room temperature – meaning that you can prep everything in advance. Your guests will be delighted with their meal and you will remain as cool as a cucumber…

This recipe is gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, nut-free and suitable for pescatarians.

You will need:
1 packet of green beans, boiled
Vine tomatoes, sliced or quartered
1 bag of new potatoes, boiled (once boil, put a couple of tablespoons over butter over them to melt)
2 spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal
Romaine lettuce
3 boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
A fillet of salmon (1 kg will serve 8 people), marinaded in Pure Punjabi Tandoori Masala

1.Marinade the salmon overnight. In the morning, grill the salmon on a medium heat until the fish flakes (the way to know if fish is cooked is if it will flake, if not, continue to cook). Leave to cool.

2. Assemble your platter by putting the salmon in the middle and placing each ingredients in blocks around the fish. Cover with cling film and keep in the fridge until your guests arrive.

Tandoori Monkfish

by chef Sven-Hanson Britt (Masterchef: The Professionals finalist 2014 and former Sous Chef at The Ritz)

‘Masterchef: The Professionals’ finalist, and former Sous Chef at The Ritz, Sven-Hanson Britt, loves to marinade Pure Punjabi’s Tandoori Masala on Monkfish, and simply bake in the oven (at 200 degrees) till cooked through. So why not give it a go?! He gives some handy tips below…

This recipe is gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free and suitable for pescatarians.

*Sven’s key tips:

Try to use a monkfish tail that still has the bone in, it really makes a difference to the flavour.

  1. After you’ve removed the skin, monkfish has a layer of sinew on it as well. Most people leave this on, and although it can be a bit time consuming, it is well worth removing this layer before applying Pure Punjabi’s tandoori masala.
  2. Monkfish can tighten up during cooking, so cover it with foil once it’s cooked and leave it to rest for 10 minutes before serving. That way you’ll have tender, flaky fish.


Tandoori Protein Pizza

by Safia Hothi-Bellamy of Pure Punjabi

If you are floundering with your current eating plan, but don’t want to completely go off the rails, our protein pizza may just be the answer to your SOS.

This recipe uses chicken to replace the dough base. Now you might be thinking that this won’t be very satisfying, however, this recipe has now regularly replaced my Friday night pizza, as I don’t feel the heavy bloating that is normally experienced after a dough-overload but it still gives all the same flavours.

This recipe is gluten-free and wheat-free. It can be made dairy-free by using a non-dairy cheese or leaving off the cheese topping.

The quantities below serve one

You will need:

1 chicken breast
Salt & pepper (to taste)
1 teaspoon garlic puree
1 ½ tablespoons tomato puree
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon Pure Punjabi Tandoori Masala
25g grated cheese (I use Manchego cheese)
Herbs (optional garnish)


  1. Turn your oven onto 180 degree Celsius/ 350 Fahrenheit/ gas mark 4.
  2. Take the chicken breast and slice in half width ways, to give you two thin chicken breasts.
  3. Place the chicken into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle each side of the chicken with salt and pepper (to taste).
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the garlic puree, tomato puree, tandoori masala and water together to make a tomato sauce. Pour this sauce over the two pieces of chicken, trying to cover every bit so that the sauce keeps the chicken tender in the oven.
  5. Put the chicken into the oven and cook for 20 minutes. Whilst the chicken is cooking, grate the cheese and heat your grill to a medium/high heat.
  6. After 20 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and sprinkle with the cheese. Grill for a couple of minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden. Tear the herbs and sprinkle over the pizzas. Serve with a fresh green salad.